Higher Learning, Inc.

Higher Learning is a non-profit academic enrichment program for underserved youth ages 11-17. To promote ethical, socially conscious leadership and action, we think, do and go!

Born of a desire to actively transform the lives of young people who have insufficient access to the social, cultural and economic resources critical to academic and life success, Dr. Roxanna Harlow left a tenured position in academia, founded Higher Learning, Inc. in January 2009, and launched its pilot program in June 2009. Higher Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides active educational enrichment for underserved youth of color ages 11-17. Our programs arm students with the skills, experiences, and habits of thinking that are ultimately expected of them, but are part of no standard curriculum. While enhancing facility with reading, writing, and speaking, Higher Learning emphasizes important skills for the 21st century such as global awareness, creativity, and team work. Central to the program’s mission are opportunities for local and global travel to which youth without financial means would not ordinarily have access. Dr. Harlow is a sociologist with expertise in educational and social inequality.

Operating as usual

[04/25/17]   Since the news about Michael, people have been asking how they can help.

If you’d like and you’re able to help the family with funeral expenses, you can go to: https://www.gofundme.com/3ni6v7s . Please note that any amount, no matter how small, helps. In addition to funeral expenses, they also hope to donate part of the funds to the Epilepsy Foundation.

If you’d like to send flowers for Michael, you can send them to:
Eline Funeral Home
11824 Reisterstown Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136



Services for Michael Arthur. Click on photo to see complete information.

[04/12/17]   Dear Higher Learning Family,

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I relay news about Higher Learning alumnus Michael Arthur who passed away early in the morning on April 10, 2017. He would have turned 20 years old in November. As some of you know, Michael dealt with a number heath challenges which he always seemed to take in stride, continuing on even when he was in pain. He has now gone on.

There’s so much I could say about Michael – he was a multiple award winning Higher Learning student, etcetera, etcetera. But the most important thing about him was that in his short life, he had such a positive impact on so many. He was kind, helpful, warm, and supportive. He was thoughtful and intelligent. He was well liked and loved. He was someone people enjoyed being around, and he enriched the lives of so many of us. He was good people. There’s no better legacy to leave than having made the world a better place by your presence in it, and Michael certainly did that. I hope we can all say the same when it’s our time. Michael will be sorely missed.

As you can imagine, his family is trying to come to terms with this unexpected and unimaginable loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. If you’re so inclined, you can send condolences to Michael and Sandra Arthur, 676 Spring Meadow Dr., Westminster, MD 21158. I will post another message once I receive information about funeral services.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on and be grateful for our time with him!

2015 High School Graduates! 07/23/2015

2015 High School Graduates!

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Higher Learning News Spring 2015: Important Changes

myemail.constantcontact.com In 2009, I left my tenured position as a sociology professor at McDaniel College and founded Higher Learning, Inc. with 15 middle school and 9 high school students. We made due with conference room chairs and tables, chart paper instead of a chalk board, a stretch of grass for a lunchroom, and carpo…


Higher Learning Summer Session I 2014

Hey everyone! Check out some pictures of all the fun we had this summer session!

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[07/24/14]   Higher Learning Summer Session I 2014 - End of Term Reception and Awards Ceremony

End of Term Reception (Summer 2014) 07/21/2014

End of Term Reception (Summer 2014)

[07/19/14]   Higher Learning Summer Session I 2014 - Week 4 Update July 14th - July 18th

Summer Session Week 4 07/19/2014

Summer Session Week 4

Summer Session Week 3 07/14/2014

Summer Session Week 3

[07/12/14]   Higher Learning Summer Session I 2014 - Week 3 Update July 7th - July 11th

Summer Session Week 3 07/11/2014

Summer Session Week 3

[07/08/14]   Higher Learning Summer Session I 2014- Week 2 Update June 30th-July 4th

Summer Session Week 2 07/07/2014

Summer Session Week 2

Summer Session Week 2 07/05/2014

Summer Session Week 2

Summer Session 2014 Week 1 06/29/2014

Summer Session 2014 Week 1

[06/29/14]   Higher Learning Summer Session I 2014- Week I Update June 23rd-June 27th


Higher Learning students after their cultural scavenger hunt! Help a new group of students go to Bolivia to learn all about the culture. Be a Higher Learning Hero by donating http:// www.razoo.com / Higher-Learning-1

cnn.com 06/21/2014

Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out'

cnn.com New library learning labs envisioned as spaces where teens can create content instead of consume it.

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Don’t Get Too Excited About the Starbucks College Deal | VICE News

news.vice.com The Starbucks program makes college courses more affordable for its workers, but it presents a troubling model for higher education.

buzzfeed.com 06/19/2014

39 Truly Spectacular Views Out Airplane Windows

We're so excited to start learning about all of these beautiful places and cultures on Monday!

buzzfeed.com Take me, wanderlust. I am yours.

news.yahoo.com 06/18/2014


President Obama to take executive steps on student loans.



Last year we went to Morocco. Guess where we're going NEXT year?!?

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Higher Learning

The Higher Learning Hero fundraising campaign is about to start! find out how you can help! http://www.razoo.com/story/Higher-Learning-1

razoo.com Help support HIGHER LEARNING INC on Razoo! Donate or click "Share" below to spread the word.

[08/18/13]   Higher Learning Summer Session II 2013 Update: Travel to Morocco Debrief Days August 5th - August 6th

[08/18/13]   Higher Learning Summer Session II 2013 Update: Travel to Morocco Days 5-8, July 29th - August 2nd

[08/18/13]   Higher Learning Summer Session II 2013 Update: Travel to Morocco Days 1-4, July 25th - July 28th

[08/18/13]   Higher Learning Summer Session II: Travel to Morocco 2013 Update: Preparation for Travel Days, July 22nd - July 23rd



Check out Higher Learning in Morocco!


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Higher Learning in Morocco.m4v

Watch our video of Higher Learning in Morocco!

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[08/12/13]   End of Term Recognition and Award Ceremony


HL Summer 2013


Higher Learning, Inc.'s cover photo

[08/04/13]   We are back in the States after a very interesting trip to Morocco! I'll be posting notes this coming week, but wanted to get the pictures up. Check out our photos!

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