The student body grows as class options shrink

I know I am not the only one who finds it obnoxious that I pay more than $40,000 a year and still cannot take the classes I want.Second semester is almost here and every conversation I have seems to be about horrible class schedules.Students complain about limited class spaces, conflicting times and countless other problems.As a freshman, I am at the bottom of the food chain — I get to choose from the scrap pile of random courses that start at the bright hour of 8:30 a.m. sharp.Yet even upperclassmen are having trouble choosing classes.Many can’t complete their major requirements within their specific schools in four years. What is the University doing about it? Expanding.Unfortunately, they will not be expanding the number of professors and available classes, rather, the number of students.The class of 2013 is the largest in the University’s history and predictions for next year are even larger.Money that should be going toward more professors and more classes is being shoveled into a $55 million housing project to encompass the flood of new students.It can be argued that new students bring more funding to help alleviate the current squeeze on professors.Regrettably, this new influx of capital will most likely be used to build even more housing and classrooms.I fear that next year I may not even be able to take 15 credits worth of classes.At some point, the University needs to realize that they must overhaul both the course selection process and the flow of funding.Course selection could be improved by allowing students with declared majors the first chance to sign up for courses.Additionly, courses should be offered in a wider time frame in order to accommodate all student needs.The most obvious change should be a shift in priority from the current emphasis on a larger student body to a focus on the current students and their needs.This underdevelopment in course selection is a direct result of UVM’s inability to keep up and change with the times.In recent years, the school has become more popular, but not more selective. The resulting boom in students lowers the quality of education received as well as raising the student to staff ratio.The University needs to wake up and see that they must become more selective if they want to provide students with the education we’re paying for.