OP-EDS

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March 2, 2004

Effects of the College expansion

As students register for classes, they are once again faced with class size caps and conflicting times. The effects of these problems will appear next quarter when classes begin in rooms that cannot accommodate the number of students or are not properly equipped.

We are now feeling the effects of the expansion of the College that has occurred over the past few years. Overcrowded classrooms have become a chronic problem, forcing students to sit in awkward locations and, at times, making discussion impossible. The remedy would be to hire new professors and offer more sections, but the administration seems unwilling to do so, likely for economic reasons.

In addition, a large number of classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., as these are the most popular times for both students and professors. Conflicting classes are inevitably a part of college life, but this has made registration particularly difficult.

It appears that the College is pushing ahead with its plan to increase enrollment without taking into account the effects of such a move. The administration is continuing to operate as it did when there were 3,500 College students, and it has been slow to adapt to the addition of 600 students. The administration should have foreseen the consequences of a larger number of students on campus and taken steps to accommodate them.

While it is not what everyone wants, classes need to be offered on different days and at different times, and professors need to be available to have more sections of certain courses. Everyone—administrators, professors, and students—will have to adapt to the expansion of the College.