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

February 9, 2018
Transfer rates at North Carolina's Stanly Community College increased after the college made the simple grading change of no longer awarding D's.
February 5, 2018
With President Trump and others saying community colleges should focus only on vocational programs, some educators note the key role the institutions play in getting students on the road to bachelor's degrees.
February 2, 2018
President Trump wants to see community colleges change names and shift focus to more job training, which two-year college leaders say they already do.
February 1, 2018
During his final State of the State address this week, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam introduced a controversial change to the state's widely heralded free community college scholarship. 
February 1, 2018
The Bates Technical College Board of Trustees placed the two-year institution's president on paid administrative leave on Tuesday without an explanation, according to The News Tribune.
January 31, 2018
Global education giant Laureate sells off some international institutions and refocuses on emerging markets. 
January 26, 2018
A group of former ITT Technical Institute students reached an approved settlement Wednesday that would allow them to participate in bankruptcy proceedings with the institution's parent company.
January 25, 2018
The former owner and chief executive officer of Alden's School of Cosmetology and Alden's School of Barbering, Alden Hall, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison last week for a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Education and steal Pell Grant funds. The court also ordered Hall to make restitution payments of about $276,000, and she will be under mandatory supervision once she's released from prison.
January 23, 2018
A recent accreditation policy has many colleges -- particularly in rural areas -- struggling to find qualified instructors to teach popular dual-credit courses for high school students.
January 18, 2018
The West Virginia Legislature is considering a free community college policy that would require recipients of the tuition-free scholarship to remain in the state for two years after graduation, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.


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