Thursday, October 10, 2013

University's growth leaves many frustrated

Texas State set an all-time high of 36,568 enrolled students in the fall 2013 semester, but it has not set well with everyone.

According to the university press release, the freshman class is the largest in history with 5,181 students, most of which are in the top 25 percent of their class.

With this in mind, Christine Zabala, a writing center tutor, said that increasing the volume of students on campus could create more opportunities for students that a smaller campus would not offer.

“Credibility is attractive to people,” Zabala said.  “A larger university will have more money to spend.”

In addition, Doug Brennan, a senior mass communication major, said larger universities often have a distinguished faculty.

“The school gets more notoriety, better professors will come, and better students will come,” Brennan said.

On the other hand, there has been an increase of 1,574 students according to the press release, which has left many students and faculty frustrated.

Tom Grimes, a professor of mass communications, said the campus is already too crowded and will eventually get worse.

“The university is a less pleasant place to work because there are too many people for the physical space,” said Grimes, who has been teaching at Texas State since 2007.  “The campus wasn’t built for that many people.”

Similarly, Charles Regalado, a junior English major, said the influx of students has affected his ability to get more one-on-one time with his professors.

“I have one class … there’s like 200 people in there, so it’s pretty large,” Regalado said.  “I don’t think the teacher even notices what I look like, or if I’m not there.”

According to the university’s website, the student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1, but as the growth continues, there will be larger class sizes and fewer chances for students to stand out amongst the masses.

Freshman, Bianca Gandaria, experiences similar problems in her history class.

“I’m really outspoken, but in that particular class with so many students, I feel like I’m just a number, so I’m just quiet,” said Gandaria, an electronic media major.

Concerning the lack of interaction with faculty, Regalado, a transfer from Northwest Vista last semester, said the university should build more buildings to make classes smaller.

Christine Zabala, 22, a Writing Center tutor, said the students are the most important factor in this growth.

“I think it’s probably good that the university continues to grow, as long as you don’t do it at the expense of quality education or as long as you don’t have to lower admission standards to make that happen,” Zabala said.

As a result of more incoming students, this has led to a greater diversity on campus. 

“As I walk through the campus, I see just so many different people.  I see a lot of different races,” Regalado said.

Overall, Cesar DeLeon, music education and biology major, said the university is becoming one of the masses.

“As a forthcoming, emerging university I think we should set ourselves apart by saying, ‘Well, when you come to Texas State we have small classrooms where you can get amazing education,” DeLeon said.

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