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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June 21, 2017
George Pruitt, retiring after 35 years as president of Thomas Edison State University, surveys the landscape.
June 16, 2017
But avoid legislation that would cap bachelor’s degree programs and create new oversight board.
June 15, 2017
Bill would require the state’s public universities to release data on credit acceptance for transfer students as well as graduation rates for those students.
June 13, 2017
Move is part of a goal to significantly raise graduation rates.
June 12, 2017
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges restored Compton Community College's accreditation last week.
June 12, 2017
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law the Nevada Promise Scholarship last week, which would effectively provide tuition-free community college to eligible students.
June 6, 2017
There was little explanation of why Oakland Community College's Board of Trustees ousted Chancellor Tim Meyer after nine years. But now the board is saying Meyer was removed for "philosophical differences about the future direction of the college," according to The Oakland Press.
May 31, 2017
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday a new tuition-free college program for low-income students in Boston. Boston Bridge would be available for 2017 high school graduates who live in the city. The state and the city would provide a last-dollar scholarship to cover students' tuition and fees, after federal Pell Grants are taken into account.
May 31, 2017
Kevin Eaton, the president of Weatherford College in Texas, is planning to step down from the position, although he didn't give a date or timeline for his resignation.
May 31, 2017
For community colleges, high school students are a growing population to serve, but some fear a lack of financial base for the programs amid fears they may be masking large declines in other enrollments.


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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