Thursday, February 27, 2014

Enrollment on the rise at Texas State

Posted by Dillon Behen
February 27th, 2014

Texas State University has broken yet another overall enrollment record for the 16th year in a row. The increasing population has put Texas State on the map as a leading university in the state, but it has affected some students in a negative way.   

The enrollment of 35,568 for the 2013 fall semester is an increase from last year’s enrollment of 34,225, according to a university press release.

The Transportation Services provided at Texas State seems to have become one of the most challenging problems for university officials to resolve.

Transportation Services consists of Parking Services, Bobcat Shuttle, and Alternative Transportation, including the Bike Cave.

The editorial board previously gave Transportation Services officials an F in February 2013 for their failure to accommodate Texas State students in many areas, according to the University Fall Report Card.

Destiny King, public relations major, said the increasing population of Texas State has led to overcrowded parking lots, and over-priced parking permits.

“When I had a parking permit I would never drive to class because parking is always so unpredictable," King said. "There are just so many students here and not enough parking. I won't buy a parking permit anymore because it isn't worth it."

Sophomore Casey Robinson said limited parking spaces isn’t the only problem resulting from high enrollment. She said missing busses due to capacity is frequent, and more busses need to be going around.

“I take the bus loop,” Robinson said. “The buses are very crowded. There aren’t enough that go around, so I’m late for class almost all the time even if I go out to the bus stop early.” The rise of students plays a factor when trying to get “one on one time with my teachers.”

Now with more students than ever, classes tend to fill up quickly especially in the smaller upper-level courses. 

Lindsey Huckaby, psychology major, said that she prefers smaller classes, and that it’s a challenge for professors to communicate effectively in large lecture courses.

“I think smaller classes are definitely easier to reach an audience in because there’s less people that the professors have to cater to,” Huckaby said. “He can answer individual questions in a class of 20 or 40 people, where as a class of three hundred you can’t answer everyone’s questions. It’s just not possible.”

Sophomore Danielle James said high enrollment numbers also hinder students’ ability to register.

“Finding classes can be difficult with so many people trying to get that certain class. I had trouble doing that this semester; spots were limited,” James said.

Faculty and staff said the rise in enrollment has had an impact on their jobs as well. Edward D. Hernandez, LBJ staff member, said the rise in enrollment has made his job more of a challenge.

Increased enrollment has “added more responsibility to my job, and then long-term it also helps the students,” Hernandez said. 

“It makes my job more enjoyable because I get to meet different students from different parts of the state,” he said.

Denise M. Trauth, president of Texas State said that it is rewarding to know that students are choosing Texas State, and to see that the school is diversifying.

“We take our role in preparing the next-generation work force in Texas very seriously, so it is gratifying to see that so many incoming students are choosing to attend Texas State,” Trauth said. “This new high in student enrollment demonstrates that students and their families recognize our institution offers both an outstanding educational experience as well as an exceptional value.”

As the increasing amount of students pour into Texas State, officials continue to take steps to correct poor decision-making and disorganization in previous years.


University Press Release:

University Fall Report Card

Destiny King:
Age 20, junior
PR major

Casey Robinson: 
Sophomore, 19, Female, Straight, From Austin, TX

Danielle James:
Age 21
Low income
From San Antonio
Works at apt. pros, holds the sign

Lindsey Huckaby:
Senior, age 22
From Dallas, Texas
Psychology major
Unemployed, but involved in her sorority and volunteer work. 

Edward D. Hernandez:
LBJ Staff Member/Building Operations
Age 57
From Lockhart, TX

Denise M. Trauth
office: J. C. Kellam, 10th Floor
Phone: 512.245.2121

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