Ashley A. Smith
Ashley A. Smith covers higher education and other student success reforms for EdSource. She joined the publication in July 2019 after covering community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed, in Washington D.C. Her work has appeared in the Fort Myers News-Press, the Marshfield News-Herald, The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University.
All articles by Ashley A. Smith
Decision to require vaccinations means system won't wait for FDA vaccine approval as the highly infectious delta variant fuels increase in coronavirus cases.
July 27, 2021
Calbright's board of trustees learns that the State Senate Education Committee will forgo a hearing on a bill to eliminate the college.
July 12, 2021
Students pursuing transfer are finding it too difficult to transition from community college to university and earn their degrees within four years
June 23, 2021
The pandemic cost transfer students internships, research opportunities, chances to work closely with renowned faculty, and even travel abroad.
June 23, 2021
Alameda County Civil Grand Jury report finds ineffective leadership by Peralta Community College District's board of trustees.
June 22, 2021
The May revision includes $48.7 billion for the state's higher education systems, including restoring funding cuts made last year.
May 14, 2021
Calbright College, California's online-only community college, faces a tough fight in the Legislature following a state audit that found mismanagement but urged that Calbright get until the end of 2022 to serve adult learners.
May 12, 2021
Calbright College, California's online-only community college, fights for survival amid opposition from some lawmakers and a pending audit.
May 7, 2021
California looks for aid from Biden's plans for tuition-free community college and higher Pell Grants
As one of the leaders in offering free community college tuition to qualified low-income students, California hopes to get federal resources from President Biden's proposals to make community college free and increase the federal Pell Grant to students.
April 28, 2021
Mentorships, tutoring and stipends key to program's success
April 21, 2021
With the SAT/ACT not part of admission decisions, universities are looking at other criteria in a most unusual year of record applications to selective schools.
April 5, 2021
Education leaders agree increasing state high school math standards is needed, but debate altering CSU admissions to do so.
March 25, 2021
Distance learning and focusing on mental health -- the changes higher education made during the pandemic are here to stay.