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

December 9, 2016
Two private four-year universities are starting associate degree programs.
December 8, 2016
University of Phoenix owner is one step closer to changing ownership with Education Department's approval, but only if the new owners agree to new conditions.
November 29, 2016
Community colleges across Texas are finding tens of thousands of high school students who are eager to take free dual-credit courses, an approach favored by the state's mostly Republican lawmakers.
November 16, 2016
Faculty at California's West Valley-Mission Community College District picketed outside the college Tuesday demanding more equitable contract conditions for professors and improved access for students, according to the California Federation of Teachers, which represents the faculty. Contract negotiations with the district, which is based in the San Jose area, have been at an impasse since May. The college district is demanding faculty concede on health care benefits and give up their decision-making structure.
November 15, 2016
A Texas community college system is hoping the appeal of free summer courses will drive students to move from part-time to full-time status, giving completion rates a boost.
November 14, 2016
In a letter to Illinois' Legislature and Governor Bruce Rauner, the state's Council of Community Coll
November 10, 2016
A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that the majority of students entering the state's community colleges are placed in remedial courses and most of them never move on to earn a degree, certificate or transfer.
November 8, 2016
New company hopes to increase number of community college transfers by offering a marketplace for students and four-year institutions to better understand degree paths.
November 8, 2016
A new report from the University of Alabama's Education Policy Center examines how state-level education leaders view the education policies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
November 4, 2016
A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday temporarily barred regulators from continuing lawsuits against the defunct ITT Educational Services, according to The Wall Street Journal.


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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