Website Ranks Blinn Among the State’s Best for Online Instruction
A website committed to helping students identify quality online degree programs has named the Blinn College District’s online instruction one of the best in the State of Texas.
TexasOnlineColleges.com ranked Blinn ninth in the state based upon its array of online degree and certificate programs, state-leading transfer rate, and affordability. The site created its rankings based upon National Center for Education Statistics and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Blinn offers 28 associate degrees and 18 certificates/skills awards that can be completed entirely online. Blinn’s online programs are fully equivalent and hold the same accreditation as face-to-face courses. Online students have access to a variety of academic resources to assist them, including the College’s online library tools and online tutoring, and many of Blinn’s online courses provide access to a personal librarian embedded within the course.
Blinn faculty undergo extensive training in online course design to meet Quality Matters® standards. Blinn’s Center for Teaching and Learning offers a variety of workshops each year dedicated specifically to remote learning, and Blinn’s Division of Academic Technology offers faculty weekly trainings on technological tools and videoconferencing platforms to assist them in the virtual classroom.
This Fall, almost all Blinn courses included at least some online instruction to allow for social distancing. Students had the option of taking courses in four course formats:
- Live Online, in which all class participation takes place via live videoconference at scheduled class times;
- Traditional With Live Online, in which students rotate between attending class on campus and participating via live videoconference during scheduled class times;
- Blended With Live Online, in which students rotate between attending class on campus and participating via live videoconference during scheduled class times with more than half the class content posted online;
- and Flexible Online, in which all class content is posted online for students to complete.
These course formats will be utilized again this Spring, and registration is available now for the Spring 2021 semester. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/spring.
Registration also is open for Blinn’s Winter Minimester. All Winter Minimester courses are offered online, allowing students to make faster progress toward their degree while enjoying the holidays. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/winter.
Blinn’s academic transfer rate is the highest in the state and Blinn has partnered with Texas A&M University to develop pioneering co-enrollment programs such as the Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM Program, Texas A&M Engineering at Blinn, and the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham. As a member of the RELLIS Academic Alliance, Blinn offers courses at The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus that transfer seamlessly into the four-year bachelor’s degree programs offered by The Texas A&M University System regional universities also located onsite. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/RELLIS.
According to data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s CollegeForAllTexans.com, out-of-district Blinn students taking 30 credit hours will save $4,514 (44%) in tuition and fees compared to in-state residents at the average Texas public university.