University growth begins to affect members
By Rachel Starnes, Oct. 10th, 2013.
Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, has announced the most diverse student body in the school's history, part of a record-setting enrollment of 35,568 for the 2013 fall semester.
This growth has affected the university in multiple ways and caused many dilemmas to the members on and off campus.
Marketing professor and faculty adviser for the McCoy School of Business, Gail Zank, said that the growth of the university has put a major downfall on the space needed for student organizations to meet on campus.
"There are more night classes on campus this year, leaving the student organizations with fewer rooms to meet," Zank said. "There needs to be bigger rooms to accommodate the growing members in student organizations as well."
Parking has also caused a major dilemma on campus, according to Courtney Moufarrej, 20, mass communications junior.
"Parking is the biggest thing," Moufarrej said. "There are just so many kids and I’m pretty sure we’ve sold more parking permits than we have actual parking spaces."
Along with parking, availability for advising appointments have also caused major issues on the Texas State Campus, according to Ana Rechy, 20, public relations major from Laredo, Texas.
"I was lucky today. I have one at 1(p.m.), because it was a cancellation, but I would have to wait until next week to get in to one. My original one was a week from today."
An increase in student body brings an increase in class size. Because of larger classes, student involvement in class decreases along with study habits, according to Charles Regalado, Junior, English major, from San Antonio, Texas.
"Well maybe not grades so much, but it affects my study habits," said Regalado. "It’s more on an impersonal level, so all I know what to do is read the text, rather than try to focus on a certain point...I'm just reading the text as a whole."
The size of the university has affected many Texas State students in a variety of ways.
Many students chose to come to Texas State for the smaller atmosphere, according to Randi Berkovsky, senior, public relations major.
"I liked it because it felt a little more homey..." Berkovsky said. "I think that’s why a lot of people choose a university, is how it makes them feel. I think it also depends on where you come from as well..."
For some the growth has influenced their decision on coming to Texas State University, according to Doug Brennan, senior general mass communication major.
"Yeah, more people coming to the university was one of the reasons I came to Texas State, and I liked the town and the university,” Brennan said.
Whether the university should continue to grow is a question that continues to arise at Texas State University.
Along with the many drawbacks, space and funds are major necessities in order for the university to grow, according to Tom Grimes, professor of mass communication.
"Because with reduced state funding, the only place it can get money to operate as cost increase is through increased enrollment," Grimes said. "Revenue is coming into the university through increased enrollment, so we’re in a trap. The physical plant itself is too tiny to accommodate too many more people, but we have to in order to pay for what it is we’re doing here.”
Many dilemmas have come to Texas State through this rapid increase in growth. The question remains as to whether the university will fulfill its motto as the Rising Star of Texas, or keep the unique, comfortable feel as a smaller campus.
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