Thursday, October 10, 2013

Increased enrollment creates problems at Texas State

Texas State University has announced a record-setting enrollment of 35,568 students this fall 2013; however, with the increase of students, students’ daily routines have now been affected by the population growth. 

Mass communication professor, Tom Grimes has worked for the university since 2007. He feels like the university has been a less pleasant place to be since the expansion of students.

“...there are too many people for the physical space. The campus wasn’t built for that many people. There are too many people on the highway... it’s just too crowded,” Grimes said. 

The increased enrollment at Texas State University has drastically out-numbered employees such as advisors, making it difficult to make appointments. 

Ana Rechy, 20, of Laredo said, “I was lucky today. I have one at 1p.m. because it was a cancelation, but I would have to wait until next week to get in to one. My original one was a week from today.” 

With trouble making appointments with faculty members, transportation has also been a major issue with students. Students become frustrated with the topic of parking, and the overly crowded buses that sometimes run late. 

Interior Designer, Mckenna Greer, explains how her friends always complains about the transportation system. 

“I don’t take the bus because it is usually late or doesn’t show... The parking lots are completely packed by 7:30 a.m. so I kinda cheat and park in surrounding neighborhoods... I have friends who have tons of problems with parking... 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 buses or filled parking lots, “ said Greer as she laughed. 

Kelly Woytekewicz, a sophomore from Lockhart, also agrees there are major problems with transportation.

“It gets pretty crowded,” she said.  “Sometimes I have to wait for the next bus to come in,” said Woytekewicz.

Charles Regalado, an English major from San Antonio, also agrees with Woytekewicz.

“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. It’s annoying. And sometimes I have to drive to school,” Regalado said.

Although there may be some “growing pains” with increased enrollment, President Trauth speaks out on a positive note explaining the perks of the university’s growth.

“This 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” said President Trauth 

With all the uproar with the drastic increase, freshman, Bianca Gandaria offered one suggestion for improvement.

“ Definitely more buses!” said Gandaria, who is originally from Mission.  “Now they have Zipcars, but they are also limited and you have to pay extra for them. Maybe they should lower the prices because we are students here.” 

Tom Grimes,
Ana Rechy,
McKenna Greer-no email was given
Kelly Woytkewicz- no email was given
Charles Regalado,
Denise M. Trauth- President of Texas State
Bianca Gandaria,

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