The Blinn College – Brenham campus increased its resident student grade point average (GPA) for the third consecutive semester this Spring, according to Vice President for Student Services Dennis Crowson.
Students living on Brenham’s campus posted a 2.579 grade point average for Spring 2013, marking a 4.84 percent increase over the Fall 2012 semester.
Since Fall 2011, Blinn has seen its on-campus GPA climb a dramatic 19.9 percent.
Crowson said the College’s goal is to maintain its resident GPA above 2.50.
“We’re very excited to see our campus residents succeeding at an unprecedented rate,” he said. “It’s a testament to our students’ determination to take advantage of the academic opportunities Blinn offers, and a tribute to the faculty and staff who help our students achieve their goals.”
In Fall 2012, Blinn began requiring that students post at least a 1.5 GPA for residence hall eligibility. Additionally, the College instituted stricter guidelines to keep non-students off campus, including increased surveillance in residence halls and parking lots and restricting residence hall visitation between male and female students.
Crowson credited the efforts of Housing Director Ann Weir, Director of Student Leadership & Activities Mordecai Brownlee, Judicial Officer Keith Thomas, Assistant Housing Director Daniel Byars and the College’s resident hall directors and police department in setting high expectations for the campus’ academic environment.
All on-campus programs now require a student ID, and anyone who enters a residence hall is required to show identification at the door. The College designated the hours after 11 p.m. as a “quiet time,” when students are not allowed to loiter outdoors and are encouraged to return to their rooms. In addition, Blinn has instituted a formal system for tracking student infractions.
The College continues to examine ways to improve the campus’ academic environment, including providing students in-hall tutoring and learning communities. The College is also recruiting high-achieving students with its nationally-recognized band, drama and agricultural science programs.
Blinn has 12 residence halls and seven apartment buildings on its Brenham campus, housing 1,060 students – more than any other community college in the state. The College enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 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 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. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.