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

March 13, 2018
Illinois community college sees results from encouraging faculty members to meet one-on-one with students to increase persistence, adding extra pressure on instructors to build relationships with their students.
March 9, 2018
University of California president Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday that she wants the system to explore ways to guarantee admission to academically eligible students in the state's community colleges. UC would follow California State University, which already guarantees admission to qualified community college students. 
March 7, 2018
Grand Canyon University's accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, approved the for-profit institution's application to convert to a nonprofit entity. 
March 2, 2018
Grand Canyon University's accreditor soon will decide whether or not the institution can become a nonprofit, the latest among several similar -- and controversial -- conversion attempts.
March 1, 2018
Southern New Hampshire University and several donors want to guarantee an education for 1,000 DACA students.
February 28, 2018
A new study from the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness has found that an increasing number of public, two-year colleges are using multiple measurements beyond standardized tests to place students in college-level math and reading courses. 
February 23, 2018
Advocates for free college worry that residency, course-load and drug-testing requirements will keep the neediest students out of state programs.
February 22, 2018
A new survey shows graduates from Achieving the Dream colleges report higher percentages of financial and community well-being compared to other community college alumni.
February 13, 2018
Retention and graduation rates increase for community colleges that beef up or get creative with their student advising services.
February 9, 2018
Transfer rates at North Carolina's Stanly Community College increased after the college made the simple grading change of no longer awarding D's.


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