BRENHAM, WASHINGTON COUNTY Blinn College has joined a national research initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities that champions the importance of a diverse 21st-century education.
With more than 60 institutions involved to date, LEAP Texas is a collaborative of 34 public two-year colleges, 23 universities, four research flagships and a private institution with the capacity to reach almost 900,000 students.
“There is a movement underway in some institutions to simply provide job training,” said Dr. John Beaver, Dean of Educational Partnerships. “LEAP is saying this is not bad, but we need well-rounded students. A comprehensive education benefits everyone, no matter their career goals.”
Beaver said the College will continue to define its role in LEAP Texas as the new initiative expands and develops. As of January, the state branch includes more than 60 institutions.
LEAP Texas is aligned with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to enhance students’ quality of learning and give them the skills to be strong communicators, team players and critical thinkers.
“Students at Texas higher education institutions must attain certain critical skills for future success in the workplace and throughout life,” said Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education. “The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and LEAP Texas are aligned in our efforts to identify higher education learning outcomes that not only improve completion and productivity rates within higher education and the workforce, but also enhance and inspire the quality of students’ learning.”
As the initiative continues to expand, it will focus on three key areas: leveraging the newly designed Texas Core Curriculum for Higher Education for improvement in undergraduate education; creating a capacity for large-scale, inter-institutional collaboration in robust and authentic assessment; and embedding high-impact practices in the undergraduate curriculum.
“Becoming a LEAP institution is putting us in contact with colleagues across the state and the nation who are focused on the same learning objectives,” said Dr. Greg Phillips, Dean of Science, Engineering and Math. “When you’re connected like that, you’re able to make major impacts.”
Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’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 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 career and technical certification programs.
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