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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November 1, 2017
More young people are being exposed to the free community college movement than ever before, but some experts worry that tuition-free programs may not be sustainable or may create unintended consequences.
October 24, 2017
Alabama will issue manufacturing industry certifications across its two-year college system in an effort to create a better educational pipeline to jobs in manufacturing and transportation.
October 24, 2017
A group of researchers organized by the Century Foundation is looking to understand the real cost of community college. In a report by Bruce Baker, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, and Jesse Levin, a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research, they examine pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade funding models and how those may apply to understanding community college costs.
October 23, 2017
An adjunct professor at St. Louis Community College was arrested last week during a Board of Trustees meeting after he allegedly charged toward the area where the board members and the chancellor were sitting. Steve Taylor, who is a math faculty member, was upset with the ground rules laid out at the meeting, including that applause wasn't allowed, according to an email that Robert Hertel, the president of the National Educational Association at St. Louis Community College, sent to faculty members.
October 19, 2017
The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education will review a plan Thursday that would place the state's 12 community colleges under one accredited institution, according to the Connecticut Post. Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian said the plan is estimated to save $28 million in overhead costs by the time the new system is established in July 2019. 
October 19, 2017
A new report from the Hamilton Project at Brookings calls for a new grant program to address unmet needs of low-income student-parents.  The report -- "Helping women to Succeed in Higher-Education: Supporting Student-Parents with Child Care" -- finds that in 2011, there were more than 5 million students who had dependents of their own and that 3.4 million students are estimated to be mothers, of which 2 million are single mothers. 
October 17, 2017
The new status quo may be more calls by state lawmakers for better completion rates and work-force outcomes.
October 13, 2017
New York's new public tuition scholarship comes with a full-time enrollment requirement, which may help boost the state's community colleges.
October 5, 2017
Philanthropy, income-sharing agreements, lottery revenues and children's savings accounts are just a few methods researchers across the country believe can create sustainable tuition-free programs, according to a set of new reports.
October 4, 2017
Rural community colleges grapple with nonacademic barriers that hinder their students from staying and completing.

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