Lori Higgins

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As Detroit students settle into their first semester of college, ‘bridge’ programs provide needed support

As Detroit students settle into their first semester of college, ‘bridge’ programs provide needed support

November 19, 2019 | Lori Higgins

She’s scheduled office visits with her professor. She’s asked the teaching assistants for help. She’s dropped into the math learning centers. But still, despite excelling in her other classes, Marqell McClendon has struggled.

How four Detroit students hope to make it through the first year of college

How four Detroit students hope to make it through the first year of college

September 20, 2019 | Lori Higgins

Detroit graduates must navigate patchy academic preparation, culture shock, and often their own shaken confidence if they are to stay enrolled and on track to earn a degree that is their best chance to jump into the middle class as adults.

After a year, safe drinking water is flowing again at Detroit schools

After a year, safe drinking water is flowing again at Detroit schools

August 30, 2019 | Lori Higgins

Detroit’s public district returns a back-to-school essential most take for granted: running water. Last year, schools shut the tap after the discovery of lead and copper.