Growth of Texas State enrollment yields more negative than positive-Chandler Voswinkel
A common topic buzzing around the Texas State campus is the increased enrollment that seems to be growing in record numbers year by year. According to the University News Service, Texas State University announced the record setting enrollment of 35,568 for the 2013 fall semester.
Growth on a college campus is to be expected, but when students begin to pour in in a short amount of time, problems will begin to arise. When asked, students and faculty alike tended to have the same concerns, the most prominent being transportation.
Kelly Woytkewicz, a 19 year Texas State student, is among the many students that have been affected by the growth when it comes to transportation.
“I've noticed that the bus stops have gotten quite a bit busier and more crowded… it is kind of frustrating sometimes when there’s so many of us trying to get on to a certain bus.” Woytkewicz said. She also says that sometimes she will have to wait for a second or third bus because so many students are rushing to get on.
Woytkewicz is not the only one. Charles Regalado, an English major here at Texas State, says he experiences the same problem.
“I have to wait maybe one or two buses to get on the bus in the mornings, so sometimes I’m late because of it. It’s really a hassle…and sometimes I have to drive to school.” Regalado said. He would prefer that the school did not grow as much.
The 22 year old Texas State senior and Interior Design major, Jenna Greer, has not personally been affected by the transportation issue, because she chooses not to take the bus. Reason being that they are always late, or just never show up. On the other hand, Greer has seen her friends struggle with the campus transportation.
“I used to live across from the rec and they would park in my driveway because they wouldn't want to deal with the crowded busses or the filled parking lots." Greer said. She, along with students and faculty, has to get to campus before or at 7:30 am, or the lots are full.
“You see a bus; it’s full. You wait for the next bus; it’s full. I know parking has always been an issue at Texas State and as our population grows we have to adjust our bus routes and parking accordingly, and if we don’t address it it’ll be a big issue in the future." Randi Berkovsky, a Texas State Public Relations major, said. Many students, along with Berkovsky, see the campus growth as a positive thing, and agree that Texas State University is on its way to being recognized for its high quality instruction. On the other hand, the enrollment is out-growing the campus.
“The University is a less pleasant place to work because there are too many people for the physical space. The campus wasn’t built for that many people...it’s just too crowded.” Tom Grimes said.
“You better get here at 5:30 in the morning. You’re gonna be frozen out.” Grimes also said when asked about on campus parking. Tom Grimes is a Texas State Mass Communications professor, and has been since 2007. Grimes is one of many that have been on this campus long enough to actually see the growth of the university.
Some of the thoughts Grimes has about the Texas State tram; “They’re just gross and they’re just belch and smoke, I mean they’re just awful and loud.” Five more unpleasant reasons to avoid busses here at Texas State University.