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 1, 2017
New research indicates more job opportunities would be available if apprenticeships were expanded across more fields.
November 30, 2017
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against for-profit Ashford University and its parent company, Bridgepoint Education. 
November 27, 2017
States and institutions are still working out incentives and programs to get dual-credit instructors qualified to meet a change in accreditation standards.
November 21, 2017
Jimmie Williamson, the former president of North Carolina's Community College System, is asserting he was forced out of the position this summer as part of a power struggle between a local college board and the state board.  Williamson resigned from the position at the end of September after a little more than a year from taking on the role. He claims he didn't have any formal or informal reprimands before the board asked for his resignation. 
November 20, 2017
With nearly 50 different local tuition-free initiatives, California colleges contemplate how they may merge existing programs with a new statewide plan.
November 14, 2017
Getting 37 institutions to agree on new student transfer pathways isn’t easy, but the Minnesota State system seems to have accomplished it.
November 14, 2017
City Colleges of Chicago's faculty union is urging the system's new chancellor to address their concerns over a report that was released last week questioning completion rates at the seven two-year institutions.
November 13, 2017
California community colleges look to create a new statewide​, online-only college that will focus on helping adult students earn credentials.
November 8, 2017
A nonpartisan watchdog group is questioning whether City Colleges of Chicago is misleading the public with proclamations of dramatic graduation rate increases.
November 7, 2017
Amid declining budgets and enrollments, Connecticut is the latest state to attempt a merger involving two-year colleges, with a proposal to consolidate its 12 community colleges.


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