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

February 22, 2017
A new book argues that the focus on credentials and growing inequality led to the rise in for-profit colleges. 
February 21, 2017
New survey of community college students reveals financial insecurity, including rising housing, food, transportation and child care costs can keep them from completing. 
February 16, 2017
Two-year institutions across the country are getting creative with Latino student recruitment as Hispanic populations grow.
February 15, 2017
After 10 years of state oversight, a locally elected board will now govern Compton Community College District, in California. "Returning control of Compton Community College District to the elected Board of Trustees has been a top priority of ours," said Cecilia Estolano, president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, in a news release. "We will do everything in our power to help Compton achieve that next milestone of accreditation and full independence."
February 14, 2017
A new report from the Association of Community College Trustees, the California Community Colleges' Chancellors Office and the Institute for College Access & Success finds that student success increases among two-year, low-income students if they receive more financial aid.
February 13, 2017
The American Association of Cosmetology Schools filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education Friday over its gainful employment rule. The organization, which represents about 750 institutions, is seeking relief from the regulations. The organization argues that gainful employment undercounts cosmetology graduates' income because many self-employed workers rely on gratuities and are paid in cash. Many cosmetologists simply underreport their incomes, according to the organization.
February 13, 2017
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is once again calling for the elimination of the Educational Approval Board by next year, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
February 13, 2017
Oregon's free community college scholarship faces money woes and criticism, particularly from the state's four-year university leaders, who cite the program's higher-income beneficiaries while also worrying about enrollment declines at their institutions.
February 2, 2017
For-profit Laureate Education becomes a publicly held company and the first such company to adopt benefit status, signaling its intent to focus on mission as well as money.
February 1, 2017
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office announced a more than $2.25 million settlement with DeVry Education Group. 


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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