Thursday, March 5, 2015

Increase in enrollment increases issues

By: Travion Harmon

San Marcos--The increase in enrollment at Texas State University has raised issues for students particularly regarding parking services and class registration.

Enrollment has increased 3.5 percent in the past year and as of fall 2014, a record breaking 36,700 students are enrolled at the university according to a press release from Texas State University, Denise Trauth.  It marks the 17th consecutive year Texas State has set a new record for total enrollment according to a press release from the University News Service.

Texas State is now listed as the fourth largest university in Texas following the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and The University of Houston, and for many students, increase in enrollment has not only made registering for classes more difficult, but also made finding a parking spot for students who commute to and from school a lot more complicated than before.

         As a senior I could not sign up for a class I needed to graduate and now I have to take that class in the summer and will graduate a semester later,” Danielle Sanders said.  I think that more time slots are needed for classes especially for people like myself who also have work Sanders said.
      Along with Sanders, Ian Vernon who is a senior and criminal justice major said the university’s increase in enrollment has affected his likelihood of registering into classes.  There are so many students who register early, that it is still really hard to get into classes,” Vernon said.  “If you do not have early registration, it is really difficult.”

      In addition to students not being able to register for their desired classes, increase in enrollment has also caused problems between students and parking services. 

      Senior and criminal justice major, Devante Young, said that the increase in enrollment at the university is a bad thing for seniors and juniors who commute.

      “They should expand parking in different areas outside of San Marcos and create park-and-rides which will condense the traffic, make parking more convenient, and traveling a lot safer,” Young said.

      Parking has even become difficult for students who live within the vicinity of campus including Cedrick D. Cradle, sophomore and music major.  Cradle is a resident of the university apartment complex, Bobcat Village and was required to purchase a silver-parking pass.

      “I did not really want to buy that pass since it is more expensive and would rather buy the cheaper pass and park an extra 20 feet, but because there are so many commuters and so many people, there is no parking and we (Bobcat Village residents) are required to buy the silver pass now,” Cradle said.

       Noelle Dy-Tuzaon, who is also a senior and anthropology major commutes from Austin, Texas to attend class. 

      "The worst part is the traffic," Dy-Tuzaon said.  "I have a parking pass, but it does not guarantee I will get a parking spot."  
       Shayna Middleman, freshman and nursing major, said that she thinks the university can continue to grow as long as accommodations are being made for students currently attending the university.

       While the student body population continues to diversify with minorities making up 46 percent of the student body, according to a press release published by the University News Service, the population of the university is expected to grow if history is any indication. 
      For any further information regarding parking and class registration, visit the parking services website and the university’s registration page.  



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