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 17, 2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is launching an investigation into Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University's student lending practices.
August 13, 2015
Michigan's community colleges have found success in tapping an unusual funding mechanism to partner with local employers to train new employees.
August 12, 2015
Five retired NBA players are receiving scholarships to attend Kaplan University and study online to earn certificates, bachelor's or master's degrees. The players -- Adonal Foyle, Joe Smith, James Donaldson, Kevin Loder and Eldridge Recasner -- received the scholarships during the National Basketball Retired Players Association annual conference in Las Vegas.
August 6, 2015
Texas joins the college completion agenda with new goal for 60 percent of its young adults to have college degrees or certificates by 2030.
August 4, 2015
Louisiana tried to tighten admissions standards by shifting remediation to community colleges. But when enrollment dropped at four-year universities, without increasing at two-year institutions, the state shifted course.
July 30, 2015
Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, disclosed in a corporate filing Wednesday that they received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
July 29, 2015
Florida SouthWestern's salary decisions raise questions about equity between part-time and full-time faculty.
July 28, 2015
Student advocates use the backdrop of ITT Tech's annual shareholders meeting to protest for-profit colleges' approach to loan debt.
July 27, 2015
The Florida Board of Education approved a new performance-funding system for its state colleges OK to add "most of them formerly community colleges"? -sjthat will determine how to award $40 million to the institutions. The plan resembles a larger performance plan that started last year for the state's universities.
July 20, 2015
California is investing money in expanding aid programs that benefit its community college students, which could be a sign that free two-year college is a possibility.

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