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

September 20, 2017
St. Louis Community College’s annual employer study finds openings for middle-skilled employees but also concerns about applicants’ skills and training.
September 20, 2017
The California State University Academic Senate is urging the chancellor's office to delay enacting reforms to the system's curriculum. The Academic Senate voted last week for the delay. 
September 20, 2017
The California Community Colleges announced Tuesday that the Board of Governors Fee Waiver program, which nearly half of the system's 2.1 million students with free tuition, would be renamed the California College Promise Grant. 
September 18, 2017
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today approved a new partnership with nonprofit Western Governors University that allows graduates from the 114 two-year institutions in the state to transfer and pursue discounted bachelor's degrees at the online institution.
September 18, 2017
A new poll from the Campaign for Free College Tuition shows support continues to increase for free college tuition programs that benefit academically qualified students. Support for tuition-free state programs increased to 47 percent -- up 12 percent since CFCT started national polling in 2016. The poll also revealed that 78 percent of the public approve of the idea of free college tuition.
September 15, 2017
Accreditor’s rejection of Scottsdale Community College’s proposed expansion suggests that consistency and mandated faculty training could become a focus for quality control in online learning.
September 15, 2017
Laureate Education Inc. announced Thursday that effective Jan. 1, 2018, Eilif Serck-Hanssen will become the for-profit company's new chief executive officer and Ricardo Berckemeyer will take over as the company's president. Serck-Hanssen is replacing current CEO Douglas Becker, who will become the nonexecutive chairman of Laureate's Board of Directors.
September 14, 2017
Is there a better way to use data to increase completion rates and student success at community colleges?
September 8, 2017
A new report from the Center for American Progress reveals that part-time students are often overlooked by colleges, policy makers and researchers who are looking to increase national college attainment.
September 6, 2017
An increasing number of minority students are pursuing associate degrees in humanities and liberal arts at community colleges.


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