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

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.
December 11, 2018
A new paper examining tuition-free programs targeted at high-achieving low-income high school students found increases in students applying to and enrolling in college.
December 10, 2018
Converting for-profit colleges to nonprofits may not be the solution to saving failing campuses.
December 7, 2018
Nevada educators are finding strong links to success for students who take college-level math and more than 15 credits per semester.
December 6, 2018
Arizona Western College, a two-year institution in Yuma, announced Wednesday that its football program would be eliminated after the 2018 season.
November 30, 2018
Two of the state's largest community college districts dropped a total of five football teams, creating tough decisions for Arizona's remaining two-year college football programs.
November 29, 2018
A federal judge approved a settlement Wednesday that erases more than $500 million in student debt held by former ITT Technical Institute students. The settlement also returns $3 million that was paid by students since the company filed for bankruptcy in 2016.
November 21, 2018
Joint degree programs between private and public colleges are being embraced as a way to meet growing demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees -- in less time.
November 15, 2018
An investigation into a Texas community college found that administrators improperly changed nursing students' grades from failing to passing.
November 15, 2018
A report released Wednesday by the Federal R


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