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 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.
January 5, 2018
Education Corporation of America, a privately held for-profit chain of colleges, announced Thursday it would buy for-profit Vatterott Educational Centers.
January 2, 2018
Proposed requirements for occupational therapists to have more advanced degrees to work in the field could cause problems for community colleges.
December 22, 2017
A proposed policy statement has reignited the question of whether the associate or bachelor's degree should be the entry-level requirement in the nursing profession.
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.


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