Local businesses could be affected by curriculum change

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Matt Robinson, marketing junior, bowls Feb. 19 at Sunset Lanes for a PFW.

Some instructors at local businesses that provide their services for physical fitness and wellness courses are concerned about a decline in business that may result due to a change to the university’s core curriculum.

According to a Feb. 11 University Star story, changes to the core curriculum approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board no longer require students to take PFW courses beginning fall 2014. Several local businesses host PFW classes offered at Texas State and receive revenue from fees paid by students enrolled in the courses. Some instructors at these local businesses worry about a decrease in revenue now that students are no longer required to enroll in PFW courses.

Sunset Lanes Bowling alley, for instance, hosts all of Texas State’s bowling classes. There are currently 398 students enrolled in bowling PFW classes, said Teri Perkins, general manager and bowling instructor. Students occupy the lanes until 4:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday, which drives business away during the week because there are no lanes available, she said.
“Our business comes from the college classes,” Perkins said. “We’re just hoping people will still take it as an elective.”

The bowling alley will see a change in revenue when the new university policy is implemented in the fall, Perkins said.
Many degree programs will still require one or two hour course credits, even though PFWs will not be required for incoming students, said Micky Autrey, director of Curriculum Services.

Even though PFWs are no longer part of the core curriculum, Autrey said he thinks there will still be a demand for the courses.

“We’re hoping that still the college kids will want to take bowling, because it’s indoors (and) it’s air conditioned,” Perkins said.
Texas Ski Ranch offers a place to practice outside of class for students who enroll in the university’s wakeboarding PFW course. Many students often visit on weekends to use services the ski ranch provides, said Blake Hess, wakeboarding instructor.

“I think we’ll still have quite a few of those people that do it because they love the sport,” Hess said. “But I do think it will hurt enrollment without it being required.”

The absence of revenue formerly collected from the 125 students who take the wakeboarding class each semester will hurt business “a little bit,” Hess said.

The ski ranch will better market the course to the university to encourage students to enroll in the class, Hess said.
The ski ranch hopes word of mouth will continue to drive enrollment in wakeboarding courses.

“Of the people that take the (wakeboarding) PFW, there’s a good percentage of them that end up falling in love with the sport and continue doing it after the class,” Hess said.