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

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.
March 20, 2018
An Arizona community college wants to tackle poverty by helping its students and faculty members celebrate being the first in their families to attend college.
March 20, 2018
Essex County College, a two-year institution in New Jersey, is cutting 34 positions next year as it deals with decreasing enrollment and scrutiny from its accrediting agency.  The embattled college remains under probation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, its accreditor. 
March 19, 2018
In a new book, Cheryl Hyman discusses her controversial seven-year stint as chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, including her attempt to improve its low graduation rates.
March 13, 2018
Illinois community college sees results from encouraging faculty members to meet one-on-one with students to increase persistence, adding extra pressure on instructors to build relationships with their students.


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