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 2, 2018
A new influx of money at the University of Houston’s on-campus childcare centers shows the impact of a federal program.
August 2, 2018
The merger of for-profit institutions Strayer Education Inc. and Capella Education Company was completed Wednesday.
August 1, 2018
A growing number of states are experimenting with different ways to encourage students to take more credits.
July 26, 2018
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities that guarantees community college students acceptance to 36 private, nonprofit, four-year institutions through the Associate Degree for Transfer pathway program.
July 18, 2018
The Military Times released a list of the top 50 U.S. colleges and universities that allow the greatest numbers of service members to participate in tuition assistance. The analysis of 2017 data released Monday by the U.S.
July 18, 2018
Nonprofit National University System seeks to expand into online graduate and doctoral programs by buying for-profit Northcentral University.
July 17, 2018
Some faculty members at Los Angeles community colleges question the lack of black leaders on the district's board and among their presidents.
July 17, 2018
The nonprofit National University System announced today that it plans to acquire the for-profit Northcentral University, which specializes in online education in graduate and doctoral-level programs. Officials within the private system, which oversees National University, John F. Kennedy University and City University of Seattle, did not disclose the purchase price, and the acquisition is subject to regulatory and accreditor approval.
July 12, 2018
A new report from the Century Foundation released today found that statewide free college programs received more political support during economic downturns, even when overall spending on higher education fell. According to the report, funding per full-time-equivalent student grew between 12 and 142 percent in six states studied from 2007 to 2013, during the Great Recession, while overall state funding per FTE student fell between 18 and 38 percent in each state.
July 9, 2018
San Francisco State University students graduate at higher rates when they pass ethnic studies courses, but not everyone agrees on what this means.


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