Texas State’s record breaking enrollment effects class sizes.
By Lara Dietrich
The university has seen a significant increase in the amount of students attending, and some students believe the campus needs adjustments registration populations for classrooms to accommodate this growth.
The fall 2015 semester saw a record breaking enrollment of 38,006 students, according to a University News Service press release.
University President Denise Trauth spoke about her thoughts on this large increase of enrollment.
“Not only does the university have more students than ever before,” Trauth said. “We have more students taking more hours. That reflects strongly on our students’ success.”
Trauth said this increase in enrollment is helping students to finish their degrees in a timelier manner.
Senior Dylan Divine of Austin said it’s been harder for her to register for the classes she needs to take.
“Each year it kind of got a little bit harder to get into classes,” Divine said. “They have limited classes, limited seating, and things like that.”
Divine said she thinks it would be good if the university continued to grow, so long as they can accommodate for that.
“They need to build more housing, more parking, better roads, more safety.” Divine said.
Divine said as long as San Marcos can keep up with these increases, it would be a good change for the city’s income.
Sophomore Christel Rudd of San Antonio said she has noticed the increase of students in her classes.
“All of my intro classes have so many students in them,” Rudd said. “Usually in the hundreds so the connection from student to professor gets lost.”
Rudd wishes there could be more TA’s in her large classes in order to help students make a connection through their work in class.
“The few smaller classes I do have, I tend to excel in,” Rudd said.
Rudd believes there currently is no solution to this problem caused by increased class sizes.
Senior Eddie Dees of Dallas has noticed the increase in his classes since he began attending.
“The most noticeable thing is there isn’t enough seats in some of the classrooms,” Dees said. “Haven’t you had a class where there were people sitting on the ground?”
Dees said it is unfair that this is a reality for some students at Texas State.
“There’s people who spend the whole semester sitting on the ground,” Dees said.
Dees said the large class sizes are affecting his learning style. The classes are much larger than he thought they would be.
For more information on the increases of enrollment at Texas State, visit http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2015/September-2015/Enrollment091015.html.