Thursday, October 10, 2013

Record-setting student body reflects diverse populations of Texas

Texas State University has continued to evolve into a dynamic university with the largest influx of freshman and a record-setting student enrollment.

The university strives to stay up to date with the diverse populations of Texas and currently boasts a student enrollment of 35,568.

In 2011 Texas State was recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution, and has continued to uphold this status with a current 42 percent minority student population, according to a university press release.

“As the demographics of Texas continue to shift, it is important that our institutions of higher learning adequately reflect the growing diversity of this state, so we are most pleased that our efforts to recruit students from all backgrounds has led to a truly diverse population at Texas State,” Texas State Provost Eugene Bourgeois said in a university news release.
The variety of students at Texas State sets the campus apart from many other locations, and is a new and refreshing environment for some.

“It’s a big change to where I am from, but I don’t think it’s overwhelming," said freshman electronic media major Bianca Gandaria of Mission.  "I think it’s nice because there are so many different backgrounds."

The growing diversity on campus is noted by many as the university diverges on its path to national recognition.  Jamie Weir of Denver City, a junior at Texas State, faces the changes with enthusiasm. 

"I think this year's the largest number of incoming students that there's been," the communications studies major said. "There's more diversity on campus and I like it."

With so many blending cultures, some students find that individuals are dissolving into one ubiquitous culture.  Junior Charles Regalado, an English major, fits into this category.

“As I walk through campus, I see just so many different people," said the San Antonio native. "I see a lot of different races; I don't see too many cultures though."

Among many of the viewpoints regarding the growth of Texas State, Cesar DeLeon sees it as another way to gain profit for the university.

"There’s been a negative impact over Texas State, I believe," said the pre-med and music education major.  "I know we’re an emerging, developing university…hispanic, and stuff like that… they’re trying to get money... but I feel like there’s too many people here."

Because of its diverse population, Texas State has been granted funds as a reward. "With the HSI designation, Texas State becomes eligible for millions of dollars in grant funding to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students," according to Texas State of Change, a website devoted to investigating the effects of being deemed an HSI has on the university and notes that "in 2010, the Department of Education awarded grants totaling more than $60 million to HSIs."  

Regardless of the views on the monetary income, students at Texas State are immersed into a melting pot of races, which for some, such as health administration major, Andrea Olvera, this is an experience that will be advantageous in the future.

"Before coming to Texas State I really didn't know how diverse (campus) was and it surprised me," the 22-year-old said.  "I really enjoy seeing all these people of different ethnicities because it gives me a…preview of how the workforce is going to be."

Jamie Weir—
Andrea Olvera—
Charles Regalado—
Texas State of Change—
Cesar DeLeon
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