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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April 11, 2018
Lawmakers in Maryland approved legislation Monday that would double the amount of state scholarship money available to low-income community college students in the state. The Maryland Community College Promise provides $15 million in need-based tuition aid to recent high school graduates who meet income, grade point average and other requirements. The legislation would go into effect in 2019.
April 10, 2018
City Colleges of Chicago looks to create fairer tuition system by decreasing the rate for part-time students, but some worry the changes could weaken an incentive to go full-time.
April 6, 2018
The editor of the Spokane Falls Community College student newspaper and a journalism instructor believe someone stole more than 400 copies of an edition of the paper that featured an article about the college's former president, according to The Spokesman-Review.
April 3, 2018
For-profit colleges in New York can now participate in the tuition-free scholarship program that typically benefits nonprofit institutions alone.
April 2, 2018
Historically black technical college in South Carolina may close due to sharp enrollment drops, raising questions about whether it receives adequate support and concerns about the hole it might leave.
March 28, 2018
A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences points out that focusing on postsecondary degrees alone excludes a significant section of the labor market. The report found that when researchers include the number of working adults who have postsecondary certificates and occupational licenses, the percentage of working adults with some credential increases from 45 percent to 58 percent. It also found that the most common nondegree credential is an occupational license.
March 28, 2018
For the first time in 25 years, students from a community college took home the National Collegiate Debate Championship trophy. Santa Rosa Junior College became the first two-year institution to win the championship in the history of the National Parliamentary Debate Association by beating debaters from the University of California, Berkeley.
March 27, 2018
Strayer restarts its campus expansion amid growing enrollment, federal deregulation and increased demand for skilled workers.
March 26, 2018
Federal budget bill removes snag in financial aid data sharing with private scholarship providers, but programs that rely on aid data for social services are left in the cold.
March 22, 2018
Thomas Bailey, founding director of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College, has been selected as president of Teachers College. He'll assume the presidency on July 1 and will succeed Susan Fuhrman. Bailey has led CCRC since 1996. He's a faculty member at the college and has led national research into improving the outcomes of community college students.


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