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

May 27, 2015
Federal Trade Commission is latest agency to pursue for-profits, announcing that online Ashworth College has settled over allegations of misrepresenting transfer credits and state licensure prerequisites to students.
May 22, 2015
Athletic programs at two-year colleges wax and wane depending on student interest and budget realities, but overall the number of programs appears to be holding steady.
May 22, 2015
A for-profit college in New Jersey that made news five years ago for recruiting homeless people has become the latest to announce it will close its doors.
May 19, 2015
Suburban Chicago's College of DuPage has a long history of conflict and scandal, particularly ones involving its Board of Trustees and presidents.
May 14, 2015
Student enrollment numbers are down at two-year colleges and four-year for-profit institutions, according to a new National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report. 
May 8, 2015
Minnesota becomes the latest state to examine remedial education reform in an effort to lower college costs and retain students.
May 8, 2015
Alternate remedial math sequences that emphasize statistics and quantitative reasoning instead of college algebra have yielded promising results at community colleges, according to a new report from Policy Analysis for California Education and LearningWorks.
May 8, 2015
New data from the University of Connecticut reveal transfer students from the Connecticut Community Colleges system lost on average 12 transferable college credits when they moved over to the flagship university.
May 8, 2015
Officials at the San Diego Community College District in California will see a significant increase in the number of degrees earned this semester. The district announced a 37 percent jump in associate degrees earned this year compared to last year. More than 3,300 degrees will be conferred compared to more than 2,400.
May 1, 2015
Coalition is forming to rally businesses, foundations and other groups behind a national free community college plan. And supporters say they realize the idea may not come to fruition this year.

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