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

July 18, 2018
The Military Times released a list of the top 50 U.S. colleges and universities that allow the greatest numbers of service members to participate in tuition assistance. The analysis of 2017 data released Monday by the U.S.
July 18, 2018
Nonprofit National University System seeks to expand into online graduate and doctoral programs by buying for-profit Northcentral University.
July 17, 2018
Some faculty members at Los Angeles community colleges question the lack of black leaders on the district's board and among their presidents.
July 17, 2018
The nonprofit National University System announced today that it plans to acquire the for-profit Northcentral University, which specializes in online education in graduate and doctoral-level programs. Officials within the private system, which oversees National University, John F. Kennedy University and City University of Seattle, did not disclose the purchase price, and the acquisition is subject to regulatory and accreditor approval.
July 12, 2018
A new report from the Century Foundation released today found that statewide free college programs received more political support during economic downturns, even when overall spending on higher education fell. According to the report, funding per full-time-equivalent student grew between 12 and 142 percent in six states studied from 2007 to 2013, during the Great Recession, while overall state funding per FTE student fell between 18 and 38 percent in each state.
July 9, 2018
San Francisco State University students graduate at higher rates when they pass ethnic studies courses, but not everyone agrees on what this means.
June 28, 2018
U.S. Department of Education officials sent a letter to DeVry University's parent company, Adtalem Global Education Inc., saying they don't foresee any impediment to the proposed ownership transfer of the for-profit university to Cogswell Capital LLC.
June 27, 2018
Many community college students with high grade point averages aren't transferring to four-year institutions, new research finds, a fact some of the nation's most selective universities want to change.
June 26, 2018
New survey data challenge perceptions about first-generation college students, showing strong academic engagement and commitment to college. But the group lagged behind their peers in social comfort and resiliency.
June 26, 2018
Google announced Monday that it is introducing a professional certificate in IT support at more than 25 community colleges in California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin through a new partnership with Jobs for the Future. The company has also partnered with more than 20 other companies to consider hiring students who complete the program for IT support positions. Those companies include Bank of America, Walmart, Sprint, PNC Bank and Hulu. The program begins this fall.


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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