Thursday, October 10, 2013

Increased enrollment takes its toll in the classroom

By: Aissa Vallecillo

SAN MARCOS- With the record-breaking enrollment at Texas State this fall, students have been directly affected by its impact in negative ways. According to a press release issued by university officials, this is the 16th consecutive year enrollment has broken its record at 35,568 students attending for the fall semester.

Because accommodation for students has been more of an issue, 20-year-old education student Natalie Reyes is displeased.

“I have been here for three years and the growth of the school has affected me negatively,” said Reyes.

The university’s growth has surfaced issues inside the classroom. With large student-to-teacher ratios, it raises concern that students will not have a chance to be noticed in class. For San Antonio transfer student Charles Regalado, he did not expect to enter high capacity classrooms.

“I don’t think the teacher even notices what I look like, or if I’m not there,” said Regalado. “I would prefer to have smaller classes.”

Further, class size also puts up a barrier for students to have a more interactive learning environment.

“I have a class with 300 people and I feel that I can’t have a one-on-one interaction with a teacher,” said electronic media major Bianca Gandaria. “I feel like I’m just a number.”

Not to mention, the classes with hundreds of people on the roster have teachers wasting valuable class time taking roll.

“The first couple weeks of class, the teacher is more focused on who is and isn’t there,” said music education and pre-med senior Ceasar DeLeon. “Taking attendance… is really hindering my education.”

In addition to the uneven student-to-teacher ratio, the acceptance standards are in question as well.

“The school does not know when to stop accepting students,” DeLeon said. “The university should grow, but within means. Right now, we’re growing well above our means."

Furthermore, it has made junior Natalie Reyes feel as though the university is not prepared for the consequences that come with high enrollment.

I think it’s great that the university is growing but I don’t like being in the midst of it all. It seems like they keep accepting more and more students without thinking through the repercussions,” Reyes said.

There is no doubt the university will need to take action in improving the various issues large masses have created inside and outside of the classroom. The question is how? Will the university ease up on the number of students accepted in the years to come? It remains to be seen.


For more information about Texas State University, visit www.txstate.edu


Sources: 
Natalie Reyes- email not provided
Charles Regalado- ctr27@txstate.edu
Bianca Gandaria- brg45@txstate.edu
Ceasar DeLeon- cd1424@txstate.edu

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