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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April 28, 2017
Community college faces students upset that they can't be licensed after a professor -- fired this week -- reportedly didn't have time to deal with accreditor, despite having time to teach online at two for-profit institutions.
April 27, 2017
Niagara County Community College President James Klyczek resigned just hours before the college's Board of Trustees held a meeting Wednesday to decide whether or not to fire him after he allegedly called a sexual assault victim "stupid," according to The Buffalo News.
April 24, 2017
Community colleges in New York and California are hoping to replicate the success of the City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, which has doubled completion rates.
April 17, 2017
Kentucky's free community college scholarship program will be limited to students seeking certificates in five industries with worker shortages -- health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, business services and internet technology, and construction.
April 11, 2017
A changing economy and professionalization is driving an increase in education requirements for child-care workers, but there are concerns about mandating higher degrees for a field that traditionally doesn't pay well.
April 6, 2017
In the wake of federal criticism of its accreditation standards, the American Bar Association sanctions another for-profit law school.
April 6, 2017
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to require Chicago public school students to receive letters of acceptance from a two- or four-year college, a branch of the armed forces, or a trade program in order to graduate from high school, according to the Chicago Tribune.
April 4, 2017
A new analysis from the chancellor's office of California Community Colleges shows students who earn an associate degree more than double their annual pre-degree earnings after two years in the work force and nearly triple those earnings after five years. The system's Salary Surfer program aggregates the median earnings of students who complete a certificate or degree in a specific discipline and then enter the work force.
April 3, 2017
With a federal government that now appears sympathetic to for-profit colleges, city officials in Milwaukee seek to block institutions that violate Obama-era regulations.
March 29, 2017
Associate degrees can lead to far greater wage earnings than certificates, a new report shows.


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.
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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