Thursday, October 10, 2013

Increased enrollment sparks positive response from students and staff

By Felisha Bull
Texas State University student

SAN MARCOS – Students react positively to a recent press release stating Texas State University has hit record enrollment for the 16th consecutive year.

Every year university enrollment increases, and according to a recent press release from the university it is in a large part to bigger incoming freshman classes.  As the student body grows to total an enormous 35, 568, students reflect on what that could mean for Texas State as a whole.

Twenty-two-year-old Writing Center tutor Christine Zabala attended Lamar University in Beaumont for her undergraduate degree.  When asked what she thought about Texas State’s growth she had nothing but positive things to say.

“A larger university will have more money to spend,” she said.  “A larger university gets more resources. Credibility is attractive to people.”  While working at Texas State she came to realize that being at a smaller university did affect the resources available to her and at Texas State that isn’t an issue.

Not only can larger universities get more resources, but according to general mass communication senior Doug Brennan, they get “more notoriety, better professors will come and better students will come.”  

Other students share Brennan’s positive outlook on the increased enrollment.

“If we want to be taken seriously as a university we need to continue to have record growth,” said 20-year-old public relations senior Randi Berkovsky.  “If we want to be seen on par with A&M and UT we need to continue to grow and strive for excellence.”

Although the growing size of the Bobcat population seems to be receiving a positive response, some students are worried that the increase in enrollment is because of a decrease in admission standards.

“We should set a high bar so Texas State can become compared to a school like UT or A&M,” said 22-year-old McKenna Greer an interior design senior from Portland, Maine.  She feels that if the larger student body is a result of lowered standards then the growth is irrelevant.

Despite the fact that he feels the university may be growing a little too fast even Tom Grimes a mass communication professor feels the increased enrollment is a necessary step to take for Texas State.

“There are a lot of places where it is worse,” he said.  “Those places are really crawling with students.”

When asked if he believed the growing population of the university would be a reason for potential students to look elsewhere he was sure about his answer.

“No,” he said.  I think this is an excellent university.  You get a first class education here. No, I see nothing wrong with this place. I mean it is one heck of a bargain for students. The tuition’s cheap, and the instruction is excellent.”

Texas State University’s growing student body affects everyone in the area.  Local businesses, university officials, and employees all feel the impact of more students.

“That’s why we have a job,” said Lupe Urrutia from Custodial Operations.  Without students she would have to find another job, just like professors and other personnel.  Texas State is more than an institution of higher learning, it is many people’s way of life and financial stability.

Although many people agree that more students will only help Texas State to become a more successful institution, no one says it better than President Denise M.  Trauth.

“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….”

More information regarding Texas State University’s enrollment can be found at txstate.edu.




Sources:
Christine Zabala cmz20@txstate.edu
Mckenna Greer mg1520@txstate.edu
Randi Berkovsky r_b2@txstate.edu
Doug Brennan db1463@txstate.edu
Tom Grimes tg@txstate.edu
President Denise M. Trauth
Lupe Urrutia

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