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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January 31, 2018
Global education giant Laureate sells off some international institutions and refocuses on emerging markets. 
January 26, 2018
A group of former ITT Technical Institute students reached an approved settlement Wednesday that would allow them to participate in bankruptcy proceedings with the institution's parent company.
January 25, 2018
The former owner and chief executive officer of Alden's School of Cosmetology and Alden's School of Barbering, Alden Hall, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison last week for a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Education and steal Pell Grant funds. The court also ordered Hall to make restitution payments of about $276,000, and she will be under mandatory supervision once she's released from prison.
January 23, 2018
A recent accreditation policy has many colleges -- particularly in rural areas -- struggling to find qualified instructors to teach popular dual-credit courses for high school students.
January 18, 2018
The West Virginia Legislature is considering a free community college policy that would require recipients of the tuition-free scholarship to remain in the state for two years after graduation, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
January 12, 2018
Despite enthusiasm for four-year degrees offered by California community colleges, a state report calls for more time before expanding the programs.
January 9, 2018
Despite tackling college access head-on, challenges remain in Tennessee as the state grapples with decreasing adult student enrollment and an achievement gap for African-American students.
January 8, 2018
Grand Canyon University announces another attempt at converting to a nonprofit, with plans for its holding company to partner with other colleges.
January 5, 2018
Grand Canyon University announces another attempt at converting from a publicly traded for-profit to a nonprofit.
January 5, 2018
A nonprofit civil rights watchdog group filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Essex County College in New Jersey for failing to respond to multiple open-records requests. The group, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, requested the information after an adjunct professor was fired following her appearance on Fox News last summer.


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