Talent & Education

To prosper, Michigan must be a more educated place. Bridge will explore the challenges in education and identify policies and initiatives that address them.


Low-income students soar at some colleges, struggle at others

January 26, 2016 | Ron French

Climbing the economic ladder is made easier at some Michigan four-year campuses than others

Ranking Michigan colleges by social mobility

January 26, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Bridge Magazine has ranked every public and private college and university in the state on how high their low-income students soar after leaving school.

Homeless EMU student grateful for more than money

January 5, 2016 | Ron French

Ramone Williams collected more than $25,000 from Bridge and MLive readers. But his more cherished gift: new friends.

Update: Bridge readers open hearts, wallets for homeless college student

December 18, 2015 | Ron French

Touched by the plight of Eastern Michigan senior Ramone Williams, people across the country offer help for the school’s homeless students, even as some ask why there is not more support for low-income students seeking a degree.

Slideshow: Portrait of a homeless college student

December 18, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Photo gallery: What it's like to walk in Ramone Williams' shoes.

He’s a college senior with a 3.4 GPA. And he’s homeless.

December 17, 2015 | Ron French

Michigan desperately needs more college graduates. So why are some students forced to live in cars and comb campus events for free food to afford an education?

10 tips for finishing your college app before it’s too late

December 15, 2015 | Brittany Clausman

Don’t panic over looming deadlines; there is still time to make your application shine. Here’s how.

Sink or swim: Higher education is key to Michigan’s future

December 10, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

A new report by education, business, philanthropic and government leaders says Michigan’s rise to an elite state depends on getting far more students to graduate from college or obtain a technical certificate after high school.

Michigan colleges offering best bang for the buck

December 1, 2015 | Ron French

Large college checks don’t always produce the best value. These cost-vs-paycheck rankings may surprise you.

Slideshow: Michigan’s Best Value Colleges

December 1, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Students choose colleges and universities for all kinds of reasons. Here’s one way to view what they’re getting for their money.

New state teacher evaluation standards are no magic bullet

November 3, 2015 | Ron French

It’s been a long, contentious battle to reform Michigan’s teacher evaluation system. Now, the hard work begins.

Universities want more money. Snyder wants more innovation.

November 3, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

A college degree is more critical, yet more expensive, for Michigan families. At a Center for Michigan summit Monday, the governor and university chiefs clashed over how to make college more affordable.

In one tech-heavy cyber school, a low-tech strategy spurs learning

October 22, 2015 | Ron French

Cyber schools are all about technology. But in a field of struggling competitors, one Michigan cyber school is succeeding with an old-fashioned idea: person-to-person interaction.

Three years later, jury still out on Michigan’s cyber school expansion

October 22, 2015 | Ron French

Enrollment in Michigan’s online charter schools is exploding. But are kids learning?

Echoing state, Detroit schools cut back on standardized tests

October 8, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

Bowing to complaints about test fatigue, Detroit reins in the amount of time students spend on in-district standardized tests.

Part two: Reducing extreme college drinking, here and elsewhere

October 1, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Michigan universities have invested heavily in programs to curb dangerous drinking, with mixed results. Experts suggest ways that both schools and lawmakers in Lansing can help keep students safer. Meanwhile, a model for success emerges in Nebraska.

What we can do to reduce extreme college drinking

September 30, 2015 | Ron French, Nancy Derringer

Nov. 1, 2011 was supposed to be the day Michigan won an important battle in the war on high-risk college drinking. That’s the day a new state liquor policy, called the keg tag law, went into effect.

Drinking students ring cash registers: the business of alcohol

September 30, 2015 | Mike Wilkinson

Across Michigan on game day, or just about any night during the week, alcohol is readily available to most any students who seek it (though, to be sure, many of the businesses that serve alcohol are vigilant in making sure students are of age).

Game Day: Michigan struggles with college drinking

September 29, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Universities are spending millions to curb dangerous drinking. Yet blackout partying persists in a puke-and-rally culture. Bridge investigates what works, and what doesn’t, in the ongoing battle to keep college students safe.