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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September 20, 2018
Going beyond placement exams allows more community college students to take and pass gateway math and English courses, but some worry about students who need remediation.
September 19, 2018
A Texas community college system has had some success offering free summer courses to encourage students to pursue full-time status, but questions remain about why more students aren't taking up the offer.
September 10, 2018
During a rally in Montana Thursday, President Trump attacked Maryland Democrat Ben Jealous's plan to offer free community college tuition to all of the state's residents, including undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and are known as Dreamers, according to The Washington Post.
September 7, 2018
Update: State agency reverses decision to suspend out-of-state colleges’ ability to award education aid to veterans.
September 6, 2018
Two nonpartisan research groups are urging policy makers to examine the details of tuition-free programs and make them more financially helpful for low-income students.
September 6, 2018
A more affordable and effective pathway to a bachelor's of science degree in nursing may be apprenticeship.
August 30, 2018
Court temporarily blocks state agency's action denying Missouri colleges' ability to offer aid to veterans. Colleges elsewhere also affected by agency's rulings.
August 28, 2018
Officials at Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College are finding that students are more likely to re-enroll in learning communities that offer mentors and additional advising.
August 24, 2018
Tennessee's tuition-free community college program is proving popular with adults. 
August 23, 2018
South Carolina technical colleges received formal permission on Wednesday to offer bachelor's degrees in advanced manufacturing technology. Governor Henry McMaster signed legislation approved earlier this summer by state lawmakers allowing Greenville Technical College and others in the state to offer the degrees.

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April 21, 2017
April 21, 2017 -- Inside Higher Ed's annual Survey of Community College Presidents finds institutional leaders dealing with declining enrollments and concerns over the future of their profession. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Gallup. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On May 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Paul Fain presented a free webinar on the results. To view the recording of the webinar click here. To download the slide deck, click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Ellucian, InsideTrack, Jenzabar, Pearson and VitalSource.  
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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