University of Tennessee students are willing to bet that a state lottery would help in solving the current budget crisis that has raised concerns over the quality of education.
In a survey conducted by students in media research classes, an overwhelming number of UT undergraduates said that Tennessee should start a state lottery to benefit higher education.
With a sample survey size of 418 students, 65 percent favored a state lottery over other options such as an income tax, sales tax, cutting administration costs and increasing tuition.
Since the university has increased tuition for UT students consistently in the past several years, only 2.2 percent said that an increase in tuition would be a good solution to the budget crisis.
The survey, which was sponsored by the College of Communications, also found that the majority of students reported that their quality of education was highly affected by the state budget crisis. Students were asked to rate how the state budget crisis affects their quality of education on a scale from one to ten, with one being unaffected and ten being very affected. Fifty-four percent of students responded with a seven or higher and 26 percent reported that the quality of their education was very affected.
In the fixed interval sample of students surveyed in face-to-face interviews on campus at various buildings and classrooms, it was found that 66.7 percent of students reported that their class size is highly affected by the state budget crisis. This impacts students as there are many difficulties regarding lack of time with professors, available class seating and shortages of computers in classrooms.
Maggie McDaniel, a senior in Recreation Tourism and Management, said that many students in her Marketing 310 class are suffering from oversized classes.
"The class is so full that some students have to sit so far off to the sides that they can't even see the board," McDaniel said.
The survey results showed that freshmen report the budget crisis as least affecting class size. There are significant differences in how freshmen view the budget affecting class size compared to students in other class rankings.
On a scale of one to ten with one being unaffected and ten being very affected, survey results show that there are differences in how freshmen rated class size, with a mean response of 6.61 compared to sophomores (7.48), juniors (7.52), and seniors (7.52). This could be due to the fact that as students get closer to graduation, they are placed into full sections of classes in attempts to achieve on-time graduation. Many of these problems are due to the budget crisis, which causes there to be less classrooms, class sections and available teachers.

- Contributed by Alison Church, Andrew Fisher, Amy Lakin and Stephen Roberts. All contributing writers for this article are special to The Daily Beacon.