Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville, Blinn College Enter Into Joint Enrollment Agreement

KINGSVILLE - March 31, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Officials from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Blinn College signed a five-year joint enrollment agreement Friday, March 28, to allow students to be enrolled in both educational institutions simultaneously.

Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, president of A&M-Kingsville joined Dr. Donald E. Voelter, Blinn president for the signing ceremony at the Blinn campus. “This is a win-win agreement for both institutions and the students involved,” said Juárez. “This is the first of what we hope is many joint enrollment agreements that will allow Texas A&M-Kingsville to reach more students and expand our enrollment base throughout the state.”

Under the joint agreement, Blinn students who sign up for the program also are enrolled in A&M-Kingsville. Those students then have access to Texas A&M-Kingsville benefits such as the library and academic advising at the Kingsville campus, said Dr. Bill Kuvlesky Jr., assistant dean of the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, who spearheaded arranging the agreement.

Students admitted into the joint agreement program are admitted to A&M-Kingsville, but will still need to apply to certain programs that require a secondary application such as teacher education or engineering.

A big benefit for Blinn will be an expected increase in its graduation rate. Kuvlesky explained that many Blinn students transfer to a university before completing all their requirements for an associate’s degree. In what is called a reverse transfer, as the students move on to A&M-Kingsville and complete those required courses, transcripts will be sent to Blinn who can then issue an associate’s degree.

Kuvlesky said his college is not the only one in Kingsville that will benefit from the new accord. “We are expecting 25-35 new agriculture students this fall from this agreement, but there also should be around 20 new engineering students.”

There are already transfer students from Blinn at A&M-Kingsville, he said, who are helping build the program by spreading the word to students back home. “They go back to Central Texas and tell their friends about us,” he said, “and as that happens all of the colleges at the university will ultimately benefit.”

About Texas A&M-Kingsville

The only Doctoral/Research University found south of Austin, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the premiere university in South Texas with many of its programs reaching far beyond the boundaries of the region and the state. The College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences is home to the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management and awards the only master’s degree in ranch management in the world. It’s sister unit within the college, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, is known nationwide for the cutting-edge research that is conducted on local species such as white-tailed deer, the ocelot and bobwhite quail.

The Natural Toxins Research Center houses the only computer-controlled serpentarium in the United States and the bachelor’s degree in biomedical science is one of only five in the nation. The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering is home to the South Texas Environmental Institute that works to protect the environment through research in air and water quality. A&M-Kingsville was home to the first doctoral degree in bilingual education more than 30 years ago, and that program continues to distinguish itself, now attracting international students who take the skills they learn back to their home communities, both in the U.S. and worldwide.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the oldest continuously operating public institution of higher education in South Texas. The university grew out of the teacher college movement that swept Texas and the nation in the early 1900s. Chartered in 1917 as South Texas State Teachers College, its opening was delayed until 1925 because of America’s entry into World War I. Shortly after beginning life as a teachers college, its role quickly expanded to serve the state’s needs with a wider array of programs. As its mission has expanded, its name has changed to reflect its wider scope. Its first name change, to Texas College of Arts and Industries, came in 1929. In 1967 the name changed to Texas A&I University. The university became a member of the Texas A&M University System in 1989 and in 1993 changed its name to Texas A&M University-Kingsville to reflect that membership.

About Blinn College

Blinn College is entering it 125th year and remains the oldest county-owned junior college in Texas. Located in south central Texas, Blinn has about 14,000 students over four campuses, Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy.

The school, then named Mission Institution, was founded in 1883 by the Southern German Conference of the Methodist denomination. It was originally founded for the purpose of training young men for the ministry. Over time, academic courses were added to meet the demands of the public. In 1888, Blinn changed from being for men only, to being coeducational. It was organized as a junior college in 1927 and in 1930, it merged with Southwestern University, but in 1937, all ties with Southwestern and the Methodist denomination were severed and it became a nonsectarian institution.

An election was held in Washington County, also in 1937, that created a public junior college district and authorized levying a small tax. Blinn became the first county-owned junior college in the state.

The Bryan campus was opened in 1970, the Schulenburg campus opened in 1997 and the Sealy campus opened in 2005.

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