Higher education should be a process that caters to the students it serves by providing the resources necessary for 38education and employment post-college. The students should be the primary focus of these organizations; however, many of them are falling short in the pursuit of recognition and profit. The Bridging Nations Foundation is dedicated to changing the education experience so that students can increase their cultural understandings and job skills to succeed after graduation.

With the costs of education rising exponentially, the questions arises, “What exactly are we paying for in our education now that is so different from 20 years ago?” The answer: the job salaries of new administrators. In an article released by The Atlantic this past week, David Frum looks into a large amount of resources used for university administrators as opposed to the students and faculty. He explains that, while the number of faculty, specifically in the California state university system, has barely increased from 11,614 to 12,019 in the 20past 33 years, administrators have increased rapidly from 3,000 to 12,183 in the same time period (The Atlantic).

Providing more administrators to the already administration-heavy university structure does not directly help the students’ education, it just raises the costs they have to pay. Students, especially underprivileged students, need more attention and personalized support from teachers and mentors in order to succeed. Universities should instead start providing more resources, such as financial aid and more faculty, to help these students accordingly. As the students begin to build relationships with faculty and those helping them, their success in the university will increase.

At Bridging Nations Foundation, we are working to change the status quo of increasing education costs 27without decreasing students’ opportunities for success. Through our Education 2 Employment bridges initiative, students will be able to take relevant classes to reach their career goals without suffering the burden of high costs. Our teaching approach incorporates individualization and personalization of student needs in which students can work with mentors and receive the support they need. We are creating an environment for students to thrive and build strong foundations for their professional lives, while avoiding crippling debt.

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Written by: Arianna Bartlett, Research Intern at Bridging Nations Foundation

For more information, please visit our website: www.bridgingnations.org/eu-and-e2e-bridges

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