Friday, October 2, 2015

Diverse Sources

Sources Collected By Michael Mersch

Tom Grimes - Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Question 1: The university had a record enrollment of 38,006 students last year and is expected to have a record or near-record again this year. How has this increased enrollment affected you as a professor?

"It’s been very good because its given the university huge influxes of money, where most universities in this country are just dying since legislatures aren't supporting them. They're just losing enrollment. On the other hand, it has had a bad influence, it's destroying this little town."

Question 2: Do you feel this negates the fact that its helping the university grow?

"It’s bittersweet, the state isn't going to come through with hundreds of millions of dollars but students will when they pay tuition. So it seems to be a consequence of the lack of state support, if the state’s not going to pay, somebody’s got to pay."

Question 3: Do you think the university should continue to grow? Or do you think it should slow down so that the city can catch up?

"At some point the place is going to reach capacity. The place is nothing but a construction zone. Trying to get someplace on this campus is tough. It’s got to end at some point, there is a ceiling to all of this. I mean, at some point you don't want it to grow anymore because its just gonna become unpleasant than it is pleasant. UT can handle a growth rate like this because the city of Austin can absorb that growth."



Kelly Kaufhold - Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Question 1: The university had a record enrollment of 38,006 students last year and is expected to have a record or near-record again this year. How has this increased enrollment affected you as a professor?

"One thing is, I’m teaching a class at the Round Rock campus, which we have to make it easier to enroll students from Williamson County, so that they don't have to drive all the way down to Hays county. It's convenient for those students, its a good decision by the university to be able to enroll more students. It helps Texas State be a University system. UT, Texas Tech, University of Houston, those are University systems with multiple university locations, so to have Texas State to be in that group is also prestigious and good."

Question 2: Do you think the university should continue to grow?

"I think it's fine for the university to grow as long as they keep up. The biggest issue I think now is commuting and parking. I think that is getting worse. There have been some additional garages built but there's a cost associated with those that really I think is probably the most pressing issue here."

Question 3: Did the size of the student body influence your decision to come here at all?

"A little. I like big, state universities. Texas State was right for me for a variety of other issues. I love to work with first generation college students. I like to work somewhere where I can make a real difference. This is a growing research institution. I do a lot of research, so I'm helping to grow that profile. It's a great fit. Where I'm not just a number, I can really make a difference."


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