A growing student body and its effect on classroom sizes
BY DARYAN JONES
SAN MARCOS—Record-setting growth at Texas State University has lead to increased classroom sizes, and for some, a lower quality of education.
Texas State University has set enrollment records for 18 consecutive years according to a university press release. Undergraduate enrollment has increased by 1,289 students, and the incoming freshmen class has increased by 7 percent from 2014. Minority students are creating a more diverse student body with 49 percent of students being minorities.
Texas State President Denise M. Trauth is proud to see all the new growth within the school.
“These are exciting times at Texas State,” Trauth said, “Not only does the university have more students than ever before, we have students taking more hours.”
Senior Eddie Dees, of Dallas, said his classroom sizes have gone up because of all the new growth, and it has had an effect on his learning.
“They said the average class size would be at least in the thirties or smaller. Definitely not fifty or more people per class,” Dees said, “and that has affected my learning. I prefer a one-on-one or few learners rather than a lecture learner.”
Dees also said that some classrooms don’t have the necessary tools to handle all the growth and he thinks it could affect other people’s education.
“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 are people who spend the whole semester sitting on the floor, and that’s not fair to them,” Dees said.
Junior Simone McQuitty, of Houston, a transfer student at Texas State, said she had a hard time registering for her classes because they filled up quickly.
“It was really hard for me to get any classes. I transferred as a junior, and with upper level courses, class sizes aren’t nearly as big if I had transferred maybe as a sophomore,” McQuitty said.
McQuitty said because she couldn’t get into the right classes, she had to take less hours, and then she ran into financial aid problems with the school.
“I had to take less hours than I wanted to. Because it was hard to get into any classes, it was kind of a domino effect with my with my financial aid,” McQuitty said, “I didn’t have as many hours, I wasn’t able to apply for my financial aid. Eventually, I got another class on my schedule and I worked it out.”
Dees said he thinks a good way to fix some of the classroom problems would be hiring more staff, as well as a few other things.
“Addressing growth would have to do with hiring more staff and having more class options and including new majors,” Dees said.
Dees said the school should continue with its record setting growth, but also search for a way to keep a close-knit community.
“They need to find ways to continue to grow the school while keeping the small-town, closely knit feel than San Marcos has,” Dees said.
For more information about the history and growth of the university visit http://www.txstate.edu/about.