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Ashley A. Smith covered 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. She joined EdSource in July 2019.
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A challenge to get California foster youth signed up for financial aid paid off. This spring, for the first time ever, foster students surpassed high school peers in applying for federal student aid.
July 15, 2020
Forecasts of projected increases in coronavirus cases have forced some colleges to plan for the long term.
July 7, 2020
The state’s spending plan includes annual funding for California’s only online community college but a loss in a portion of its unspent state funds.
June 23, 2020
A federal judge has sided with California colleges saying that federal stimulus aid can not be withheld from undocumented and other students who fail to meet qualifications set by the U.S. Department of Education.
June 17, 2020
Homelessness, lack of technology and shuttered courts extend barriers for foster youth.
June 17, 2020
In historic reversal, University of California regents endorse push to end ban on affirmative action
Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 would repeal Proposition 209 and restore race and gender as considerations for admissions.
June 15, 2020
Richmond’s Stege Elementary is on track for a redesign by the fall of 2020 to improve learning for its mostly black and Latino students. The school is slated to get new curriculums and teaching strategies.
June 12, 2020
Cerritos College opens state’s first exclusive housing for homeless community college students.
June 12, 2020
Calbright College, California's new online community college, faces loss of state funds as the state legislature looks for ways to fund other education programs. Gov Newsom and the college's administration stand behind Calbright.
June 4, 2020
New poll reveals California college students fear pandemic will derail graduation. Students say they need more financial, academic and mental health services to cope with pandemic.
May 28, 2020
Class of 2020 graduates face disappearing job offers and internships. Amid historic job losses, students are urged to look for alternatives like graduate school and projects until hiring resumes
May 21, 2020
A federal suit filed in California claims that federal eligibility rules arbitrarily excluded as many as 800,000 community college students from receiving federal coronavirus assistance.
May 12, 2020
Amid a continuing pandemic, four California community colleges announce plans for an all-virtual fall term. UCLA offers students a choice.
May 3, 2020
Students are anxiously waiting to hear plans for the fall semester as colleges in California and nationwide make plans that could include courses online, in-person or some of both with limits on numbers of students in classes.