Source: Eddie Dees
Identifying information: From Dallas, Texas, Senior, Computer science major
Texas State has reached record-setting enrollment for 18 consecutive years. How have you been affected by the increased enrollment?
"My class sizes aren't what they said they were going to be when I started here. They said the average size class would be at least in the 30s or smaller. Definitely not 50 or more people per class. And that has affected my learning, I am a one on one/few learner vs. a lecture learner."
How was the increased enrollment impacted growth at the city-level?
" The road structure doesn't keep up with the population influx. The city can't keep up. We could have started on a solution for the traffic problem on Aquarina a lot sooner, or any issue in this town a while ago because they knew the growth was going to be significant. We've been the fastest growing city in the U.S. for a while."
What do you think the university should do to address the growth in population?
" Addressing growth would have to do with fixing the parking problems to start. But also hiring more staff and having more class options and including new majors. "
What changes have you seen in your classes or job?
" The most noticeable thing is that there isn't enough seats in some of the classrooms. Haven't you had a class where there were people sitting on the ground? There's people who spend the whole semester sitting on the floor, that's not fair to them. Other than that, I haven't noticed really anything else."
Do you think the university should continue to grow? Why, and do you think the increase is good or bad for San Marcos?
"I think it should continue to grow, but I think it should focus on building sustainable infrastructure for long- term growth. If the city can't build apartments and roads that last, then they're just sweeping the bigger issue under the rug. You can't expect things to last through crazy growth if they're built poorly. They need to find ways to continue to grow the school while keeping the small- town, closely knit feel that San Marcos has."