Increased enrollment leads to student complaints

Plans to solve campus issues revealed by Dr. Javier Flores

By Destinee Whitehead
On September 29, 2016

Many ASU students are overwhelmed with parking struggles and overcrowding this school year. Yet the university still plans to have more than 10,000 students in attendance by 2020. Students want to know what plans are in place to deal with these issues.

“The parking department is currently developing a plan that may leverage the use of under-utilized parking on campus with enhancement of a shuttle bus route,” Vice President of Student Enrollment Javier Flores said.

With the plan, students will have the option to park in spaces that are not used as much because of their distance from ASU.

A shuttle will then be available to take students to their destinations from those parking spots.

“I think that’d be a really great opportunity for our students,” student Cassidy Fry said.

Another plan to ease the parking woes is to add a more practical parking lot closer to campus.

“A new parking lot will be added to the area that previously housed a City of San Angelo water tank, which is East of Plaza Verde and in between the Vanderventer Apartments and the Massie Residence Halls,” Flores said. “This project will be complete in the spring 2017 semester.”

In addition to parking, ASU dorms will be getting a revamp as a plan approved by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents will add about 200 beds to Centennial Village.

The construction of the beds will begin March 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2018.

Another development alongside ASU’s increasing admissions rate are the new and upcoming buildings.

As of now, the Hunter Strain Engineering Laboratories next to Roscoe`s Den are still in construction, but will be completed by the start of the 2017 school year.

 The Archer College of Health and Human Services is another up and coming program that will require a new building. It’s set to be built across from the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance and will be completed within the next year.

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