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August 19, 2013

State recognizes Blinn TEAM program

Record 1,200 students are expected to participate in unique co-enrollment program

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board honored Blinn College and Texas A&M University with its “Recognition of Excellence” for a unique co-enrollment partnership that allows hundreds of additional students to qualify for Texas A&M’s freshman class each year.

TEAM Freshman EnrollmentThe Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (TEAM) program is a collaborative partnership that allows students to enroll at both schools with part-time admission to Texas A&M.  Participating students are enrolled in one academic course at Texas A&M each semester and complete the remainder of their courses at Blinn’s Bryan campus. Students who complete 45 Blinn credit hours and 15 Texas A&M credit hours within two years, with a 3.0 grade point average at each school, are automatically admitted to Texas A&M. TEAM students can compete for transfer admission sooner when they meet the eligibility requirements.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized the TEAM program at its recent quarterly meeting.

“The TEAM program is a tremendous partnership that demonstrates the collaborative potential between elite four-year institutions such as Texas A&M and community colleges with strong academic standards such as Blinn,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn College district president. “We’re very proud to be part of a program that has proven so successful in helping students realize their academic dreams.”

Through the TEAM program, students enjoy the university experience afforded by Texas A&M and the smaller classroom environment and lower costs offered at Blinn. Students enrolled in 15 semester credit hours in the TEAM program pay $1,500 less than regular Texas A&M students.

“Cost savings for TEAM students are phenomenal,” said Dr. John Beaver, dean of Academic Affairs at Blinn’s Bryan campus. “In addition to the lower costs Blinn offers, students are eligible for Texas A&M financial aid, dorm residence and activities such as sporting events.”

In the 12 years since its implementation, the TEAM program has seen 5,800 students participate and anticipates a freshman enrollment of 1,200 this Fall, the largest class in the program’s history. In all, 1,968 students are currently enrolled in the TEAM program, which began in 2001 with 351 students.

Approximately three-quarters of students enrolled in the program earn full enrollment at Texas A&M, and of those who matriculate 88 percent go on to graduate. The success of the TEAM program is one of the reasons why Blinn has the highest community college transfer rate in the state at 49 percent, more than 20 percent higher than the state average.

“The program continues to grow,” Beaver said. “This Fall we’re adding the TEAM-E program, which allows students wishing to enter engineering programs to transfer to Texas A&M more easily.”

TEAM became the first program to partner a junior and senior institution in exactly this way when it was established in 2001. For more information on the Blinn TEAM program, visit: blinnteam.tamu.edu/.