Blinn College, a four-campus community college northwest of Houston, has already been recognized as having the highest academic transfer rate in the nation and being a destination school because of its transfer program with Texas A&M. Now, after commissioning an economic impact study with EMSI, the college and the communities it serves have an up-to-date estimate of Blinn’s impact on the region.
EMSI’s study — one of the more than 1,000 completed for U.S. colleges and universities — showed that Blinn generates $345.3 million in annual income in its large service area. Blinn’s impact is concentrated in Bryan and College Station, where Texas A&M is located, but its benefits spread to the sites of its three other campuses in Brenham, Schulenburg, and Sealy.
The following is from the college’s press release:
“Benjamin Franklin once said that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” said Blinn College – Bryan campus President Sylvia McMullen. “I believe this study demonstrates that the difference we make in the lives of our students has an incredible cumulative effect on our society and our economy.”
Blinn’s 49.7 percent academic transfer rate is the highest in the nation and more than 20 percent higher than the state average. Its Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (TEAM) Program, a unique co-enrollment program that allows hundreds of additional students to qualify for Texas A&M’s freshman class each year, recently received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Recognition of Excellence.
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.
EMSI economist Aaron Olanie was on hand for the presentation of the study’s findings. Quotes from him, Nolte, and others can be found in this local news report from KBTX. Another local station, KAGS, also covered the event (see below and here).
In addition, Sylvia McMullen, the president of Blinn’s Bryan campus who was quoted above, did a sit-down interview with a morning show on KBTX.
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