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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Most Recent Articles

January 3, 2019
Some California community colleges are turning down state money for free tuition to avoid participating in the federal loan program.
December 21, 2018
Major education foundations aren't waiting for Congress to provide data needed to better analyze and serve students. They've partnered to get the data themselves and are encouraging more colleges to join them.
December 20, 2018
Ridgewater College, a community and technical college in Minnesota, announced Tuesday it would eliminate its football program.
December 20, 2018
National college completion rates have increased for a third consecutive year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
December 18, 2018
Since the American Talent Initiative started two years ago, more than 100 flagship universities, selective liberal arts colleges and Ivy League institutions have increased enrollment of low- and moderate-income students by nearly 7,300, a modest 3.5 percent, according to a report released Monday.
December 14, 2018
Hall of Fame rock band Metallica is donating $1 million to 10 community colleges across the country as part of a partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges.
December 13, 2018
Missouri's first female lineman is using her teaching position to draw more women into the male-dominated field.
December 13, 2018
A new report from a large noncredit adult education institution recommends that similar programs focus on equity and social justice while linking noncredit adult education to work-for
December 13, 2018
A new report from the Century Foundation addresses how states can measure the impact increases in enrollment may have on free college programs and how to deal with increased costs for those programs without restricting admissions.
December 12, 2018
Three Ohio community colleges that have adopted the City University of New York's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs initiative have seen increases in semester-to-semester persistence rates as well as graduation-rate bumps ranging from 7.9 percent to 19.1 percent.


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