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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Most Recent Articles

November 10, 2015
Research finds varying definitions of "first generation" result in big differences in how these students are counted -- but however they are defined, they lag behind their peers.
November 6, 2015
Gail Mellow, a community college president, discusses the importance of pedagogy -- the theme of a new book she co-authored.
November 6, 2015
For-profit, Colorado-based Westwood College has reached a $15 million agreement with the Illinois attorney general, according to a report from a Chicago ABC News affiliate. The college voluntarily agreed to pay $15 million to wipe out loans criminal justice students have obtained through Westwood since 2004. However, the credit does not cover the students' federal loans.
November 5, 2015
At Milwaukee Area Technical College, some students, faculty and community members feel the new, pro-business appointment process to the institution's board disenfranchises minorities.
November 3, 2015
A fictional Corinthian-like institution and a debt strike get very close to nonfiction on the CBS show.
November 2, 2015
A for-profit college owner hired a private investigator to follow a Miami Herald reporter who has written critical articles about the sector, according to court documents given to the South Florida newspaper.
October 30, 2015
New report examines Lumina's state-based efforts to encourage public colleges to be more efficient and focused on student success.
October 29, 2015
A new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy identifies selective colleges that could do better at enrolling and graduating low-income students, while also highlighting the colleges that do a good job with this population.
October 28, 2015
A new study from Georgetown University finds that three-quarters of college students work, but too rarely is the work connected to their studies.
October 26, 2015
A group of Democrats in the U.S. Senate sent a letter Friday to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen urging them to stop for-profit colleges from converting to nonprofit status.

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