Increased enrollment affecting students’ education
By: Danielle Horowitz
SAN MARCOS- Texas State University’s record setting enrollment is creating a major impact on students’ quality of learning.
For the past 18 consecutive years, Texas State has experienced a continuous growth in student population, which as a result has caused many academic constraints experienced by students.
As of fall 2015, 38,006 students were currently enrolled at the university.
According to a Texas State University press release, this is an increase of over 1,200 students from the fall semester of 2014 with 36,764 students enrolled.
With over half of the city’s total population consisting of Texas State students; it's no wonder San Marcos has been the fastest growing city in the U.S three years in a row.
“These are exciting times at Texas State," said Texas State President Denise M. Trauth. “Not only does the university have more students than ever before, we have more students taking more hours.”
While some students encourage this growth for reasons of greater diversity and establishing more credibility for the university, others feel that their quality of education has been compromised due to the increasing enrollment.
Senior computer science major, Eddie Dees said, “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 30’s or smaller, definitely not 50 or more people per class. And that has affected my learning.”
While class size is an issue for some, other students like sophomore studio art major Jessica Dougay, have expressed their concern for not being able to get into a class at all.
“With more and more people coming into Texas State, the more you have to compete with others to get into certain classes for your major. If you can’t get into a class, it can push you back, making you have to stay longer which costs you more money,” said Dougay.
Although Texas State is in the process of expanding its campus through renovations along with new buildings and dorms to accommodate all the students, some students are still concerned for the university’s future growth and infrastructure sustainability.
“I think [the university] 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,” said Dees. “They need to find new ways to continue to grow the school while keeping the small-town, close knit feel that San Marcos has.”
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