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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May 2, 2018
Despite filing federal applications and being eligible for aid, many low-income students in California are going without millions of dollars in Pell Grants.
May 1, 2018
Facing increasing student loan default rates, Indiana's community college system has focused on helping students with their financial literacy.
April 30, 2018
If community colleges are going to close achievement gaps, they need to better accommodate part-time students, report says.
April 27, 2018
April 27, 2018 -- Inside Higher Ed’s 2018 Survey of Community College Presidents was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Download a free copy of the survey report here. On May 22, Inside Higher Ed presented a webcast to discuss the survey’s results. View the webcast here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of community college presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Jenzabar and McGraw-Hill Education.
April 26, 2018
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Tennessee rejected Republican governor Bill Haslam's proposal to strongly encourage the state's scholarship students to graduate in four years, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
April 25, 2018
The New England Association of Schools & Colleges, the accrediting agency for the Connecticut State College and University system, rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have merged the state's 12 community colleges.
April 20, 2018
The state expands tuition-free scholarship beyond traditional-age students -- as other states follow suit -- and gets a larger than anticipated response from adult workers.
April 17, 2018
A community college's ban of a former adjunct turned city councilman prevents city meetings on campus.
April 16, 2018
Jabari Simama, the president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, was removed from his position last week by officials at the Technical College System of Georgia after federal and state investigations into the college's finances found problems. Four other administrators have been placed on paid administrative leave.
April 13, 2018
Community colleges typically enroll a broad range of students, but many are doubling down on efforts to promote diversity and inclusion even as they face resistance -- sometimes from within their own ranks.

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