Thursday, October 10, 2013

Increasing enrollment impacts student-professor relations

By Tara Pohlmeyer

SAN MARCOS - Texas State’s student enrollment increased to an all-time high this year, altering the classroom experience of many students.

The record-setting 35,568 students negatively affect Charles Regalado’s education, he said.

The classes “are more on an impersonal level,” said Regalado, a junior English major who transferred to Texas State this semester.

To help establish a personal connection between students and professors, Regalado said he would prefer a smaller campus.

“I don’t think the teacher even notices what I look like, or if I’m not there,” he said.

The impersonal classes are also affecting Cesar DeLeon, a senior music education and biology major.

“The first couple of weeks of class, the teacher is more focused on who is and who isn’t there,” DeLeon said.

The increased enrollment is hindering DeLeon’s education, he said.

“The school does not know when to stop accepting students,” DeLeon said. “I feel there’s too many people here.”

Students walk to their classes through the Quad. 
Similarly, Mckenna Greer, a senior interior design major, suggested setting an acceptance standard for the university and limiting the number of students.

“We should set a high bar,” she said. Greer would like Texas State to compare to a school like the University of Texas.

Other students think the university is not thinking long-term.

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

In addition to students, faculty member Tom Grimes has seen issues with the school’s growth.

“The University is a less pleasant place to work because there are too many people for the physical space,” said Grimes, a professor of mass communication. “The place is crawling with people.”

Although Texas State is an excellent university, they must continue to admit students to pay for the current facilities, Grimes said.

“The only way we can get money to run this place is to admit more students,” he said.

Texas State University President Denise Trauth supports the increase in student enrollment.

“This new high in student enrollment demonstrates that Texas State continues to be a leading university in the state,” Trauth said in a University press release. “We take our role in preparing the next-generation work force in Texas very seriously.”

While students feel the negative impacts in the classroom, time will tell whether the university can continue to grow. 

Sources:
Charles Regalado - ctr27@txstate.edu
Cesar DeLeon - cd1424@txstate.edu
Mckenna Greer - mg1520@txstate.edu
Natalie Reyes - unknown email
Tom Grimes - grimes@txstate.edu
President Denise Trauth - press release

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