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

March 24, 2017
Indiana moves to focus on job training through nondegree programs.
March 17, 2017
Arkansas becomes latest state to create a free community college plan. But it limits programs of study and could require some recipients to pay back the money.
March 17, 2017
A new study from the University of California, Riverside, shows that student veterans attending rural community colleges struggle with integrating into campus communities. The study surveyed 211 student veterans and learned from 23 survey respondents that they struggled with the aftermath of trauma exposure, including sleep disturbance, hypervigilance, irritable or aggressive behavior, and difficulty concentrating.
March 15, 2017
Lake Area Technical Institute in South Dakota won the Aspen Institute's 2017 Prize for Community College Excellence Tuesday. The $600,000 prize, which has been awarded every two years since 2011, goes to a community college that has shown high achievement, improvement and reform in the sector. The college was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 public two-year institutions in the country.
March 15, 2017
A new study points to food and housing issues that prevent many community college students from progressing.
March 14, 2017
California Democratic legislators proposed a college aid plan Monday to cover tuition and living expenses for the state's students in an effort to rein in student debt, according to the Los Angeles Times.
March 14, 2017
While California considers a plan to cut tuition and lower the cost of going to college, more than 50 local free two-year initiatives are popping up across the state.
March 7, 2017
Lake Michigan College recently disclosed that the two-year institution purchased more than $200,000 in promotional items from one of its board trustees' businesses, according to The Herald Palladium.
March 6, 2017
The Dream Center Foundation, a religious missionary organization based in Los Angeles, plans to buy EDMC, a struggling for-profit chain that enrolls 65,000 students. The resulting nonprofit college group will be secular. 
March 2, 2017
As Tennessee’s Promise program expands to include adult students, other community college scholarship programs are figuring out how to replicate its success.

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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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