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

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.
September 28, 2017
Baltimore’s struggling two-year college considers a tuition-free program while undergoing a state-mandated reorganization. But some experts question what level of quality they’re offering students for free.
September 27, 2017
A new study from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center takes a state-by-state look at how students who take community college courses while still in high school fare after they transition to college.
September 27, 2017
The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition announced a new public awareness campaign "Know Before You Enroll" Tuesday at Baltimore City Community College that seeks to educate students about fraudulent practices committed by some for-profit institutions.   The campaign provides students with warning signs and a checklist of questions they should ask before enrolling. It also urges students to avoid institutions that guarantee employment and urge them to sign up on the same day they visit.  
September 27, 2017
A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences compares background, educational characteristics, plans, enrollments and completion patterns of first-generation college students to those of their peers who have at least one parent that has earned at least a bachelor's degree. The report found that about 20 percent of first-generation college students obtained a four-year degree 10 years after their sophomore year of high school, compared to 42 percent of continuing-generation students.
September 25, 2017
An alliance of 11 public research universities shows that sharing data, ideas and practices can help more low-income students graduate.


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