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

November 14, 2018
A report released Tuesday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is warning that admission practices and inequality in state education funding are creating two separate and unequal tracks to public colleges and universities.
November 12, 2018
A report released today by the Campaign for College Opportunity examines the growing population of Latinx people in California and their academic achievement.
November 9, 2018
At same time, gaps between underrepresented minority students and everyone else are narrowing.
November 9, 2018
Complete College America announced Thursday that Yolanda Watson Spiva will be the nonprofit organization's new president. Watson Spiva is a former educator and held management roles at the U.S. Department of Education. She most recently served as president and chief executive officer of College Success Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides support and scholarships to low-income students.
November 6, 2018
Prison education programs are thriving and enjoy bipartisan backing, but colleges say they could do more with federal and state funding.
October 31, 2018
Two new reports find public universities less affordable for low-income students and less accessible for members of minority groups.
October 29, 2018
A new study shows few student achievements from an innovative initiative in Tennessee that moved college math remediation back to high school.
October 26, 2018
A new report by the Century Foundation examines how state and federal policy makers should provide more funding and resources to community colleges.
October 24, 2018
Colleges are hoping a new initiative will help them encourage former students who stopped out to return and complete their degrees.
October 24, 2018
A survey released today by the Association of Community College Trustees examines the backgrounds of two-year college trustees and details what they say are challenges for their institutions.


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