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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April 20, 2018
The state expands tuition-free scholarship beyond traditional-age students -- as other states follow suit -- and gets a larger than anticipated response from adult workers.
April 17, 2018
A community college's ban of a former adjunct turned city councilman prevents city meetings on campus.
April 16, 2018
Jabari Simama, the president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, was removed from his position last week by officials at the Technical College System of Georgia after federal and state investigations into the college's finances found problems. Four other administrators have been placed on paid administrative leave.
April 13, 2018
Community colleges typically enroll a broad range of students, but many are doubling down on efforts to promote diversity and inclusion even as they face resistance -- sometimes from within their own ranks.
April 11, 2018
Lawmakers in Maryland approved legislation Monday that would double the amount of state scholarship money available to low-income community college students in the state. The Maryland Community College Promise provides $15 million in need-based tuition aid to recent high school graduates who meet income, grade point average and other requirements. The legislation would go into effect in 2019.
April 10, 2018
City Colleges of Chicago looks to create fairer tuition system by decreasing the rate for part-time students, but some worry the changes could weaken an incentive to go full-time.
April 6, 2018
The editor of the Spokane Falls Community College student newspaper and a journalism instructor believe someone stole more than 400 copies of an edition of the paper that featured an article about the college's former president, according to The Spokesman-Review.
April 3, 2018
For-profit colleges in New York can now participate in the tuition-free scholarship program that typically benefits nonprofit institutions alone.
April 2, 2018
Historically black technical college in South Carolina may close due to sharp enrollment drops, raising questions about whether it receives adequate support and concerns about the hole it might leave.
March 28, 2018
A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences points out that focusing on postsecondary degrees alone excludes a significant section of the labor market. The report found that when researchers include the number of working adults who have postsecondary certificates and occupational licenses, the percentage of working adults with some credential increases from 45 percent to 58 percent. It also found that the most common nondegree credential is an occupational license.

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April 21, 2017
April 21, 2017 -- Inside Higher Ed's annual Survey of Community College Presidents finds institutional leaders dealing with declining enrollments and concerns over the future of their profession. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Gallup. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On May 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Paul Fain presented a free webinar on the results. To view the recording of the webinar click here. To download the slide deck, click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Ellucian, InsideTrack, Jenzabar, Pearson and VitalSource.  
November 18, 2016
Graduates who earned certificates at public institutions have larger salaries, but there is wide variation between programs even at the same institutions.
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