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 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.
April 30, 2015
A federal appeals court orders for-profit Heritage College to answer charges it violated federal law by altering records for federal aid -- overturning lower court dismissal.
April 29, 2015
Education Department and community colleges try to help Corinthian students transfer, but Senate Democrats and consumer groups complain about for-profits as a transfer option.
April 28, 2015
A growing number of states and colleges are beginning to use Common Core-based assessments to determine student placement and college readiness. 
April 21, 2015
Distance learning programs at community colleges continue to grow even as two-year institutions' enrollment falls.
April 20, 2015
Community colleges find that winning authorization to confer bachelor's degrees is half the battle.
April 17, 2015
April 17, 2015 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2015 Survey of Community College Presidents explored the views of two-year-college leaders on a range of timely topics. The study was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. On Thursday, May 28, Inside Higher Ed editors analyzed the survey's findings and answered readers' questions in a free webinar. To watch the webinar, please click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of two-year-college presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Hobsons and Jenzabar.
April 8, 2015
As community colleges and some states consider ways to take care of community college tuition, some focus on the best students, some on the lowest income, and some cast a wide net.
April 7, 2015
For-profit colleges are feeling more scrutiny and pressure from states and attorneys general over their financial practices.
April 3, 2015
Faculty and staff at Massachusetts's Roxbury Community College protest alleged lack of communication and changes pushed by the institution's president and her administration. 

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