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Blinn posts record Winter minimester enrollment

College’s convenient online courses prove especially popular with students

December 19, 2013

Blinn College’s increasingly popular Winter minimester again attracted a record number record number of students, most of whom will take advantage of the College’s convenient online offerings.

Blinn enrolled 1,363 students for the Winter 2014 minimester, a 14.1 percent increase over 2012, when the College enrolled 1,195 students. The College’s online classes were especially popular, with 945 students opting to take courses through Blinn’s Distance Learning Program, an increase of 27.4 percent over the 742 students who took online classes in 2012.

Blinn also posted a school-record 65,376 contact hours. State funding is determined by contact hours, the amount of time students spend with their instructors.

The accelerated minimester schedule allows students to earn college credit in just three weeks. Introduced in 2010, Blinn’s Winter minimester enrollment has increased each year, with the greatest growth coming in online participation.

This year Blinn offered 34 sections of online classes, including anthropology, art history, American government, Texas Government, world geography and American history.

“Students whose family likes to travel during the holidays love our online learning options because they don’t have to be on campus and they don’t even have to be at their homes,” said Dr. Mark Workman, Blinn’s dean of Distance Learning. “As long as they have access to the internet they can study and do their coursework on the go.”

Blinn’s academic transfer rate is the highest in the state and more than 20 percent higher than the state average. The College was also named one of the top community colleges in the state by Schools.com for its positive impact on the Texas economy, and AffordableCollegesOnline.org recently listed Blinn among the most affordable large community colleges in the nation.

Founded in 1883, Blinn’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs.

Registration for Blinn’s Spring semester remains open through Jan. 12. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

 

Winter 2014

Winter 2013

Difference

% Change

Enrollment

1,363

1,195

168

14.1%

Contact Hours

66,960

57,408

9,552

16.6%