Texas Tech University and Growth

16 Apr

This morning on LFN we discussed the story in today’s AJ regarding a group of Horn professors at Texas Tech being concerned with chancellor Kent Hance’s plan of growing the population of students to 40,000 by 2020. There were a few listeners who thought I was against this because I’m against growth.

40,000 students by 2020 sounds great, and I’m all for that as long as Texas Tech standards don’t drop. I already wish the standards were higher for incoming freshman, but that’s not going to happen. Growth is great as long as it’s done right. Texas Tech does not need to lower the bar just to get more students enrolled. If Tech does that, then it won’t help the University at all it will just make us look bad.

As it is right now Texas Tech needs more professors to teach more classes. I’ve known many students who have had to delay their graduation just because they couldn’t get into a class they needed because it was either full or offered at the same time as another required class. That is a shame and it happens every semester to many students. Texas Tech needs classes offered at different times and more professors to teach those classes in order for the 28,000 current Texas Tech students to succeed. Another minor issues currently at hand that will get worse if not addressed…parking. There isn’t enough space right now to handle 12,000 more students. This could easily be handled if TTU would build parking garages, and come one Tech…we don’t need more garage’s like the current one that looks better than the library from the outside. Just build a few plain ol’ garages that are a few stories high. No one will care that much how pretty they are.

And then there is that little thing called tuition. Tuition at Texas Tech (and every where else) keeps going up and I believe pricing the middle class out of college. Yes, there are loans, but that is a lot of debt for a person to rack up. Families can still afford to send a kid to college if they want to and are smart about it by looking into the future and making a plan, but I worry that the number of people who can afford it will be dwindling even more into the future.

These are just a couple of the problems Texas Tech will have to deal with in growing the student body…I haven’t even started on the City issues.

I do believe that chancellor Kent Hance is doing a fine job and I believe that he will be able to make sure that TTU’s academic standards don’t suffer. I think he wants what is best for Texas Tech and what’s best for the student body. There are some professors out there that don’t want their workload to increase, they don’t want to teach more, and I believe some are using that to whine about the 40,000 mark.

To wrap it up, growth is good. 40,000 Tech students will be great for Texas Tech and the City of Lubbock. The local economy will get a boost and if done right the University will benefit from smarter students. Let’s just make sure we keep our standards where they are, or RAISE the standards to produce better students and a better environment of learning. If this is done right, and I have no reason to believe it won’t, than 40,000 by 2020 will be good for Texas Tech and it won’t be growing just to grow.



5 Responses to “Texas Tech University and Growth”

  1. Clif Burnett April 16, 2008 at 11:33 am #

    How much lower could Tech student standards go? They already are “dumb” bunch of people in the work force and some are even “dumber” than others. Texas Tech students are “not exactly” the brightest bunch of people on this planet. Many still have trouble with ,”How many PINTS are in a gallon?” and “How many ounces are in a quart?” Those two questions I have used on Tech students and many have had WRONG answers and that shows their true level of education or LACK THEREOF.

  2. A.Marie April 16, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    Mr. CB: please tell me when knowing “how many pints are in a gallon” or “how many ounces in a quart” automatically provided you with admission to college.

    I agree with Chad. All issues must be addressed before good growth occurs.

  3. Clif Burnett April 17, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    You missed the point,many PRESENT college students can NOT answer correctly to either question, My point was current college students are educationally inferior and to add more “dummies” to college classes would be counterproductive.

  4. A.Marie April 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    Sir — you missed MY point:

    While “many present college students can not answer correctly either question”, they hold intelligence in other areas that can’t be so simply measured.

    Current college students are not “dummies” and should not be referred to as such. You believe them to be “inferior”; I know that your opinion is misconstrued.

  5. Marshall October 27, 2008 at 9:18 am #

    Chad, I enjoy your show and your thoughts, but in this case you must do a bit of research before you speak (or type in this case). As far as admissions go Texas Tech has a lower acceptance rate than UT and A&M. Also Tech is continuing to raise standards for acceptance which has left many alum upset, for Tech in the past has been known for an open door policy, meaning that you didn’t exactly need to have the grades to get in, but you had to work hard once in. In the case of the tuition, Texas Tech has put a Cap on the tuition for the next three years where as Texas A&M and Texas each had an increase of 14% over the past year. Tech is currently about $1500 less than the two other well known schools in Texas. Some Stats you may want to know is that only 30% of Tech’s funding comes from the sate 20% comes from tuition, and the other 50% comes from Alum. So Alum it is important to give to Tech in the academic realm, not just the football team. If we can get more money here at Tech we can get more and better professors. These are just a few things to consider, but keep up the great work Chad.

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