With so many students and so few high school college counselors, the Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC) has begun a campaign to support college counseling throughout the American west. According to WACAC, “the national student-to-counselor ratio is 477 to 1. California’s is 945 to 1.” With such a dismal ratio, high school students – particularly those in less affluent communities – don’t receive the counseling they need to succeed in the college admissions process. They don’t know where they can seek out scholarships. They don’t know which universities they should consider applying to. And they’re overwhelmed, just like the college counselors in these states with enormously high caseloads.
With states like California in major budget crises, it doesn’t seem this disproportionate college counselor to student ratio is going to be fixed anytime soon. And that’s why WACAC has released the following video, to get the word out and to encourage Americans living in the west to contact their legislators in support of changing this broken system. Take a look at the video below and let us know your thoughts about the college counselor to student ratio in your school district. Are you or is your child getting the college counseling they need to succeed?
Check out WACAC’s video on the need for more college counselors.