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 21, 2019
Art Institutes, Argosy and South University campuses are part of the system. Argosy faces loss of accreditation.
January 18, 2019
Despite a plan to cut a third of classes, City College of San Francisco is growing.
January 16, 2019
A new report by the Vera Institute of Justice and Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality that examined the economic benefits of educating incarcerated people recommends lifting the ban on providing federal financial aid to inmates.
January 16, 2019
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed increasing regulations on for-profit institutions as part of his 2019-20 budget plan.
January 14, 2019
The nonprofit Dream Center Education Holdings, which owns the Art Institutes, may be at risk of going bankrupt. In a letter to its accreditor, the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, the company said that it is "at risk of becoming financially insolvent and is now working with the United States Department of Education to reorganize AI Seattle and the existing Art Institute campuses to preserve their ongoing operations."
January 10, 2019
New report says federal agencies should improve public awareness of food assistance programs to help combat hunger among college students.
January 8, 2019
KIPP expands its microgrant program to help alumni short on funds graduate from college.
January 7, 2019
For-profit cosmetology operators in Iowa used legal threats to prevent competition with lower-priced community colleges, according to The New York Times, but the case appears to be an outlier.
January 7, 2019
U.S. senators Doug Jones, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Catherine Cortez-Masto sent nearly 100 letters to education policy experts, business leaders and civil rights advocates asking them their thoughts on how to address racial disparities in student debt.


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