Monday, April 14, 2014

Texas State continues to break records

For the 16th year in a row, Texas State University has grown to set enrollment records.

From fall 2012 to fall 2013 there has been a major enrollment increase of 1,343 students. This enrollment has helped Texas State improve with 49% of incoming freshman belonging in the top 25% of their high school graduating class as well as continuing to diversify the student population with minorities making up 42% of the student body.

Shanna Bradford
In a recent press release Texas State Provost, Eugene Bourgeois said, "we are most pleased that our efforts to recruit students from all backgrounds has led to a truly diverse population at Texas State."

Mitch Quintanilla
With all the expansion and growth, many students believe that Texas State should have a plan on facilitating these students.

Shanna Bradford, a transfer student from San Antonio said, "If it continues to grow at that rate there definitely needs to be expansion plans already in place so there's not that congestion problem with traffic."

Until there is a way for the university to accommodate all the student growth many students believe that more growth may not be beneficial.

The problem with traffic and parking seems to be a common issue.  Mitch Quintanilla, 25-year-old music major said, "if they do continue to grow the university needs to accommodate the students better because they haven't. We definitely need a few more parking garages."

More parking garages as well as dining halls and dorms are needed around campus in order to maintain this steady increase in students.

Mason Randolph
Texas State has been trying to facilitate the expansion but all the recent construction has led to some frustration among residents and students.

"People have complained about traffic and I will agree there's a lot of cars on the road. Construction is so frustrating cause it seems like it's always going on," said Mason Randolph, Environmental Studies senior.

Parking isn't the only issue according to Jesse Bermea, a Business management sophomore. He said, "It makes it hard to register for classes that I want because of all the people in the school." 

Leaving some students in a struggle to find room in the classes they need. This problem can be improved with the amount of professors working at the university. However, more professors does not mean a better education.
Jesse Bermea
Chelsea Marshall
Chelsea Marshall, a junior in Constructional Technology believes that this expansion has caused classes to become poorer in quality because of the outnumbered professors to students.

Marshall said, "If we keep increasing professors and classes it has to be proportional, we have to focus on quality."

With these adjustments in mind students of Texas State are proud of the fact that the university continues to grow in diversity and become more nationally known.
Sydney Afflitto

"I mean it is good for the school that so many people are wanting to apply and go here. So, I think it is a really great opportunity to keep expanding and spreading its spirit," said Sydney Afflitto.