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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June 27, 2018
Many community college students with high grade point averages aren't transferring to four-year institutions, new research finds, a fact some of the nation's most selective universities want to change.
June 26, 2018
New survey data challenge perceptions about first-generation college students, showing strong academic engagement and commitment to college. But the group lagged behind their peers in social comfort and resiliency.
June 26, 2018
Google announced Monday that it is introducing a professional certificate in IT support at more than 25 community colleges in California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin through a new partnership with Jobs for the Future. The company has also partnered with more than 20 other companies to consider hiring students who complete the program for IT support positions. Those companies include Bank of America, Walmart, Sprint, PNC Bank and Hulu. The program begins this fall.
June 22, 2018
Frederick Community College's Board of Trustees approved a contract extension Tuesday for President Elizabeth Burmaster until 2023, despite the college's faculty association voting no confidence in her in May. Other employee groups at the Maryland college issued a letter to the board accusing Burmaster of creating a hostile work environment. They've accused Burmaster of allegedly threatening and belittling employees.
June 21, 2018
Some researchers are warning community colleges that enrollment isn't expected to improve, even as they grapple with declines in state funding and demand for better performance and outcomes.
June 19, 2018
The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Board of Regents will hear a revised plan Thursday for how the system plans to save money and consolidate the state's 12 community colleges.
June 15, 2018
Pima County Community College officials are cutting the institution's football program, according to the Arizona Daily Star. The team will play their final season this year. The Maricopa County Community College District announced earlier this year that it would eliminate football programs at Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Glendale Colleges in 2019.
June 14, 2018
Thomas Brock was announced Wednesday as the next director of the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Brock is succeeding Tom Bailey, who founded CCRC and was named the next president of Teachers College.
June 14, 2018
Across the country very little progress has been made in closing degree-attainment gaps among white, black and Latino adults, hindering goals to increase the overall number of adults with degrees.
June 11, 2018
Facebook announced Friday that it plans to train one million people and small-business owners across the United States by 2020 so they will have the digital skills needed to find new jobs, advance from their current positions or run their companies online.


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