Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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November 21, 2018
Joint degree programs between private and public colleges are being embraced as a way to meet growing demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees -- in less time.
November 15, 2018
An investigation into a Texas community college found that administrators improperly changed nursing students' grades from failing to passing.
November 15, 2018
A report released Wednesday by the Federal R
November 14, 2018
A report released Tuesday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is warning that admission practices and inequality in state education funding are creating two separate and unequal tracks to public colleges and universities.
November 12, 2018
A report released today by the Campaign for College Opportunity examines the growing population of Latinx people in California and their academic achievement.
November 9, 2018
At same time, gaps between underrepresented minority students and everyone else are narrowing.
November 9, 2018
Complete College America announced Thursday that Yolanda Watson Spiva will be the nonprofit organization's new president. Watson Spiva is a former educator and held management roles at the U.S. Department of Education. She most recently served as president and chief executive officer of College Success Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides support and scholarships to low-income students.
November 6, 2018
Prison education programs are thriving and enjoy bipartisan backing, but colleges say they could do more with federal and state funding.
October 31, 2018
Two new reports find public universities less affordable for low-income students and less accessible for members of minority groups.
October 29, 2018
A new study shows few student achievements from an innovative initiative in Tennessee that moved college math remediation back to high school.


April 21, 2017
April 21, 2017 -- Inside Higher Ed's annual Survey of Community College Presidents finds institutional leaders dealing with declining enrollments and concerns over the future of their profession. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Gallup. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On May 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Paul Fain presented a free webinar on the results. To view the recording of the webinar click here. To download the slide deck, click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Ellucian, InsideTrack, Jenzabar, Pearson and VitalSource.  
November 18, 2016
Graduates who earned certificates at public institutions have larger salaries, but there is wide variation between programs even at the same institutions.
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