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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May 31, 2018
A social justice curriculum paired with student support services and specially trained faculty members has helped two San Francisco-based colleges increase completion rates.
May 31, 2018
Two think tanks, one leaning conservative and the other liberal, have partnered to release five reports detailing the importance of college completion. The American Enterprise Institute and Third Way have teamed up to offer a series of bipartisan solutions to help policy makers address issues preventing students from graduation.
May 17, 2018
A two-year college in Ohio will award students a free second year of tuition if they successfully finish their first year while completing at least 30 credit hours.
May 15, 2018
The Aspen Institute has named the 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence today. The biennial award recognizes two-year institutions that are improving student outcomes and access. Each of the colleges must demonstrate that it is making significant achievements in student learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer to a four-year institution, employment and postgraduate earnings, and providing access and closing achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color.
May 9, 2018
A new analysis sheds light on the need to help students who are 75 percent of the way toward a degree but are at risk of dropping out.
May 8, 2018
Maryland's Republican governor, Larry Hogan, said he plans to sign into law a new program that would cover the cost of tuition to the state's community colleges, according to The Washington Post.
May 2, 2018
Despite filing federal applications and being eligible for aid, many low-income students in California are going without millions of dollars in Pell Grants.
May 1, 2018
Facing increasing student loan default rates, Indiana's community college system has focused on helping students with their financial literacy.
April 30, 2018
If community colleges are going to close achievement gaps, they need to better accommodate part-time students, report says.
April 27, 2018
The role of the community college president is evolving as two-year leaders say they're facing financial, enrollment and completion challenges in Inside Higher Ed's fourth annual survey.

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