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 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

January 20, 2017
A new Brookings Institution paper by Judith Scott-Clayton questions whether free tuition is the most effective use of additional funds for higher education.
January 19, 2017
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two states sue Navient, the nation’s largest student loan servicer, for allegedly creating obstacles to repayment.
January 18, 2017
The now former president of Vatterott College in Kansas City, Mo., said he was fired after five years of leading the for-profit institution after allowing a homeless student to sleep overnight in the college's library to escape cold weather, according to a Fox affiliate.
January 16, 2017
After five years of being in limbo, City College of San Francisco received news Friday that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has reaffirmed its accreditation for seven years, the college said.
January 13, 2017
A poll conducted after the presidential election on behalf of the Campaign for Free College Tuition found that 88 percent of Clinton voters and 54 percent of Trump voters support state initiatives to make college tuition free.
January 12, 2017
City College of San Francisco is struggling with money woes, dwindling enrollment and a long-running accreditation crisis, but many in the state say the college is changing for the better.
December 21, 2016
Community college leaders journey through Mississippi and Alabama in hopes of learning how the civil rights movement will help them solve today's problems.
December 16, 2016
DeVry Education Group and DeVry University agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit regarding the for-profit institution's use of employment statistics in advertising.
December 13, 2016
Spending bill contains provision aimed at blocking veterans from attending institutions where path to a job isn't assured.
December 9, 2016
Two private four-year universities are starting associate degree programs.


November 18, 2016
Graduates who earned certificates at public institutions have larger salaries, but there is wide variation between programs even at the same institutions.
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