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Ready or Not

Ready or Not

For all the talk about whether college is worth its potentially crushing costs, graduating from college remains one of the only vehicles that reliably propels Americans out of poverty. Yet just half of low-income college students earn degrees in six years. For students from struggling cities, the odds are even steeper. Are they ready for college? And are colleges ready to help them graduate? An ongoing series from Detroit and Newark in the 2019-20 school year examines those questions.

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‘I can do it’: How four Detroit students hope to make it through the formidable first year of college

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A student dreams of completing college. But first he must survive summer ‘boot camp.’

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Watch: These Detroit teens have big dreams and a big goal: To graduate from college

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How Gov. Whitmer hopes to get more Michigan students to complete college

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I graduated from Detroit’s most prestigious high school. I still struggled when I got to college.

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‘I just have to work hard for it.’ As Detroit students settle into their first semester of college, these programs provide needed support

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I’m in college because my high school offered many opportunities — including to learn how to ask for help

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As more colleges experiment with online remediation, some students flourish while many others fall behind

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‘Do everything’: Journalist Paul Tough on how colleges can get more low-income students to graduate — and why many still do not

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To and through: What research says about what works (and what doesn’t) to help students complete college

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Visiting days: How a Detroit high school extends its family feel by sticking with graduates through college

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‘What we’re doing is not working.’ Why Detroit students struggle in college

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‘It’s just not how I wanted to end my 1st year’: How college freshmen from Detroit coped with coronavirus

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Her Newark high school helped get her to college. Can it keep her on track during the pandemic?

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College during COVID-19: Here’s what Newark students want you to know

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