And it’s not by accident — most colleges simply weren’t designed around the needs of most students. At many schools, for instance, student-advisor ratios can run as high as 1000:1, making it near-impossible for students to troubleshoot challenging course schedules or snags in financial aid. While these conditions can wear down anyone, they pose a particular challenge for traditionally underserved groups like working students, parent learners, and first-generation students.
— Zaira Sierra, Rivet School Student
— Matt Staton, Educator & Rivet School student