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

August 24, 2018
Tennessee's tuition-free community college program is proving popular with adults. 
August 23, 2018
South Carolina technical colleges received formal permission on Wednesday to offer bachelor's degrees in advanced manufacturing technology. Governor Henry McMaster signed legislation approved earlier this summer by state lawmakers allowing Greenville Technical College and others in the state to offer the degrees.
August 21, 2018
States focused on closing racial gaps in college achievement are seeing progress, but more can be done.
August 15, 2018
Large childcare provider offers free tuition for day care center workers to pursue degrees in early childhood education -- with strings attached.
August 13, 2018
A report released today by Ithaka S+R examines what community college students say are their goals and challenges when navigating their institutions and how campus libraries may help them with their needs.
August 10, 2018
Early results for a study of CUNY Start program finds students outperform their peers in developmental courses.
August 8, 2018
A coalition of colleges, nonprofit organizations and education foundations are calling for the next governor of California to set a degree-attainment goal for the state. The groups, led by the Campaign for College Opportunity, are encouraging the next governor to set a 60 percent college attainment goal and to close racial equity gaps in college opportunity by 2030.
August 8, 2018
A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that only 60,000 students out of more than one million who started their educations at two-year institutions transferred to another college after receiving a certificate or associate's degree. The report also found that more than 350,000 community college students transferred to another institution without getting a degree.
August 8, 2018
The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees terminated President Herbert Swender's contract Monday after months of sexual harassment and intimidation accusations against him by faculty members.
August 7, 2018
Houston area colleges and universities are working across sectors and sharing information and data to improve student outcomes.


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