Thursday, October 10, 2013

Enrollment rates create new possibilities for Texas State



Posted by Sophia Campos 

SAN MARCOS - Students are expressing mixed feelings about the record-breaking enrollment at Texas State, although most students agree that a larger university has more resources to offer and is more appealing to students.

Graduate student English major Christine Zabala transferred from Lamar University, a smaller school, and thinks that a larger university is more reliable for students since more resources are available.

“A larger university gets more resources…. and larger universities have more money to spend,” Zabala said. The Lamar Writing Center had a lack of resources compared to the one at Texas State, Zabala said.

Senior mass communication major Doug Brennan agrees that higher enrollment rates attract more students and betters the reputation of the school. It also allows for the establishment of more businesses in San Marcos, he said.

“The school gets more notoriety, better professors will come, and better students will come,” Brennan said. “The city life will change too…new attractions will be brought into San Marcos, and these new other businesses will provide services.”

Freshman psychology major Zane Reiss adds the university will continue to attract more students because of the location.

“Several years from now…..Texas State may be one of the biggest and best universities in Texas,” Reiss said. “It’s got the perfect college town.”

Although there are many benefits to having a larger university, some students believe that standards need to be raised in the admission process in order to ensure that Texas State is indeed bettering its reputation by increasing enrollment.

Senior interior design major Mckenna Greer thinks the admission process needs to become more selective in order to control size of enrollment.

“We should set a high bar so Texas State can be compared to a school like A&M or UT,” Greer said.

However, not all students think that being compared to larger schools is a good thing. Senior music education and biology major Cesar DeLeon believes that Texas State should stand out and offer a different type of approach with their students.

“We’re becoming U.T. and A&M,” DeLeon said. “As a forthcoming, emerging university I think we should set ourselves apart by saying, ‘well, when you come to Texas State we have small classrooms where you can get amazing education.’”

Despite the differences of opinion based on enrollment size, most students agree that Texas State is on the rise to becoming a prominent university.

Senior PR mass communication major Randi Berkovsky is pleased with the record growth of the university and believes that the increase will only help Texas State better itself.

“I think people are starting to realize Texas State is improving; our freshman requirements are going up, our ACT and SAT requirements are going up, our athletic department is growing massively,” Berkovsky said. “If we want to be seen on par with A&M and UT and all these other colleges, we need to continue to grow and continue to strive for excellence.”

Berkovksy and Texas State President Denise M. Trauth agree on the topic, as Trauth said in the university press release that the “new high in student enrollment demonstrates that Texas State continues to be a leading university in the state, and that students and their families recognize our institution offers both an outstanding educational experience as well as an exceptional value.”

For more information regarding Texas State and its enrollment size, visit txstate.edu.

Resources:
1.     Christine Zabala, cmz20@txstate.edu
2.     Doug Brennan, db1463@txstate.edu
3.     Zane Reiss, zane-reiss@txstate.edu
4.     Mckenna Greer, mg1520@txstate.edu
5.     Cesar DeLeon, cd1424@txstate.edu
6.     Randi Berkovsky,  r_b2@txstate.edu

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