COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today authorized the creation of the Gateway Education Center at the emerging RELLIS Campus in Bryan, which will allow students to obtain bachelor degrees from Texas A&M System’s 10 regional universities from around the state without leaving the Bryan campus.
RELLIS, which is being built on 2,000-acre site of a World War II air base, is a unique approach that will bring together the research capabilities of the Texas A&M System’s state agencies as well as private companies, plus workforce training, professional certification programs, associate degrees from Blinn College and — with the Gateway Education Center — 4-year bachelor degrees.
The Texas A&M System will submit documents seeking approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said the RELLIS Education Center addresses the Coordinating Board’s goal of 60 percent of Texans, age 25-34, having either a certificate or degree by 2030.
“The future of Texas is tied to education. Without an educated population, Texas cannot compete in a global economy,” said Chancellor Sharp. “The Texas A&M System is leading the way with this groundbreaking RELLIS collaboration.”
Blinn College is already constructing a building at RELLIS where students can take the first two years of college and earn an associate degree. The first students will be on the RELLIS campus by Fall 2018.
Plans for the Gateway Education Complex, where upper-level students will pursue bachelor degrees, call for a 112,460 square-foot facility to be built in two phases across from Blinn College’s building. Once completed, the Gateway Complex will accommodate 2,500 upper-division students.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.
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