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 20, 2017
Protests and altercation at St. Louis Community College board meeting highlight division over layoffs and a budget deficit in a large district that is losing students.
December 20, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have extended the state's tuition-free scholarships to for-profit institutions. The legislation would have allowed for-profit institutions to participate in the Enhanced Tuition Award that the legislature adopted earlier this year in response to concerns that the state's tuition-free program for New York's public colleges would put nonprofit, private institutions at a competitive disadvantage.
December 20, 2017
(Update: This article has been changed to include a statement from City Colleges.) A new report from the Better Government Association, a nonpartisan Illinois-based watchdog group, claims that City Colleges of Chicago's Kennedy-King College combined graduation rates with the Chicago-based French Pastry School in order to receive national recognition of improving completion.
December 18, 2017
An accreditor's decision to place an embattled New Jersey community college on probation may have been the wake-up call officials needed to improve its operations.
December 15, 2017
Kaplan Professional Education recently signed an agreement with Apollo Education Group to purchase the College for Financial Planning for an undisclosed amount. CFFP offers financial education and training to students interested in becoming certified financial planners. Kaplan Professional Education is owned by Kaplan Inc.
December 7, 2017
Faculty and student groups pushed against proposal from Oakland Athletics to build new ballpark on college property. And their board listened.
December 6, 2017
Once a large for-profit institution, DeVry is now being handed over to a company that runs a small college with 600 students. Experts see the move as a sign of the times.
December 5, 2017
Adtalem Global Education, the company that owns DeVry University, announced Monday that ownership of the for-profit institution would transfer to Cogswell Education LLC. The transfer deal also includes Keller Graduate School of Management. The agreement would still need federal and accreditor approval before being finalized.
December 1, 2017
A new report from the College Board identifies four factors to create strong college credit in high school programs.
December 1, 2017
New research indicates more job opportunities would be available if apprenticeships were expanded across more fields.


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