The verdict contained in the report, however, made a far simpler statement — S&T will need to take concerted steps to relieve capacity strains. The findings from the Task Force on Student Educational Capacity is the first official statement that there are will difficulties in terms of space with continued growth.


A recent Missouri S&T study repeatedly called the process used to measure the university’s capacity limits a “complex issue.”

The verdict contained in the report, however, made a far simpler statement — S&T will need to take concerted steps to relieve capacity strains. The findings from the Task Force on Student Educational Capacity is the first official statement that there are will difficulties in terms of space with continued growth.

According to the report, 15 of 19 academic departments are teaching at a decade-high student credit hour levels, while housing, need-based financial aid and student support services could only handle modest increases in student enrollment.

For students, changes could be felt if the university decides to accept some of the 11 recommendations. Limiting the size of incoming classes while raising student fees, establishing a maximum student-to-faculty ratio and student credit hour average per faculty member for departments made the list as well as and increasing staffing for the Financial Assistance office.

S&T could defer accepted applicants to the spring semester to keep next year’s freshmen class at the same level. According to Goff, deposits for the 2010 fall semester are two weeks ahead of last year’s.