Texas A&M International University is looking for ways to cut back on their budget; one of those solutions has been to cut back on their summer school offerings. This is leaving students scrambling as they try to sign up for a full schedule of classes. Our Ryan Bailey spoke to the university as well as students about how these changes their summer plans.
Students looking to stay ahead of their studies by taking summer classes have found it extremely difficult this year because of cut backs to their budget.
"Students today use it as a third semester and try and get ahead."
"It gets classes out of the way a lot easier, a lot faster and you get what you need to get done which is that degree."
Earlier the state asked TAMIU to cut back 5% on their budget but recently asked for another 2.5%.
"One of the areas we had to cut back was in summer school and so that's why students have seen a reduced set of summer school offerings."
"I’ve been trying to sign up for classes and most of them have been full or I’m on the waiting list for some of them. So it's been pretty exhausting, trying to get signatures to be on the waiting lists and I’m not even sure if I’ll get in or not."
"I had a hard time finding classes but you improvise and move stuff around."
This presents a problem for those students trying to stay on track or even ahead of their studies.
"There are a lot of my friends that are not going to be able to graduate in December because there isn't enough classes or the classes they need are not being offered."
The school says they have recently added more summer classes to their offerings but they still won't be up to where they were last year and this makes those summer classes that much more valuable.
"I think the students that are smart enough to know that they are getting cut will take advantage of them."
The university did say they offer a wide variety of classes during the summer, including freshman, undergraduate and graduate courses.