STORRS, Conn. (AP) – The president of the University of Connecticut says students’ concerns about not getting into necessary classes are reaching a crescendo in their emails, telephone calls and visits to her office.

Susan Herbst says the issue is directly tied to faculty shortages, which she calls “our most worrisome issue by a long shot” at UConn’s flagship Storrs campus and its regional campuses.

Herbst told UConn trustees Thursday that she is “getting pounded right now” with messages from students. Many say their graduations have been delayed and they’ve had to spend more money to stay extra semesters as they wait for openings in mandatory classes.

UConn’s undergraduate enrollment has increased almost 50 percent since 1995, but the faculty has increased only 13 percent in the same timeframe because of budget constraints.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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