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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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Since 2016, California Community Colleges have offered bachelor's degrees. A non-partisan state agency report gives a mixed review of the 15 programs.
January 27, 2020
A federal lawsuit seeks to reinstate a federal rule requiring for-profit colleges to report the debt and earnings of its graduates.
January 23, 2020
Heather Hiles suddenly resigned this week after less than one year on the job.
January 16, 2020
Calbright College's president will leave on March 31, leaving critics to revive questions about whether online college is needed.
January 14, 2020
California's newest community college, aimed at helping "stranded workers" get needed job skills, enrolled its first students in October but now is seeing the departure of its president.
January 13, 2020
Community support remains strong despite little improvement.
December 20, 2019
Foster students miss the most school days of any group of students in the state.
December 3, 2019
Two California community colleges stand out in efforts to help students take for-credit math courses instead of remedial courses.
November 15, 2019
Frustration with the pace of redesign surfaces at Stege Elementary, selected for an overhaul as one of California's lowest-performing schools.
October 17, 2019
New laws also ease dual-enrollment for adults and high schoolers.
October 4, 2019
California’s new online college opens to non-traditional students.
September 29, 2019
More California community college students entering, passing transfer-level math and English as result of landmark law
The new law, which takes effect this fall, aims to move more students out of remedial math and English classes.
September 27, 2019
Amazon Web, a subsidiary of Amazon, has teamed up with colleges in the state to help teach the skills needed for a growing number of in-demand jobs that require cloud computing.
September 20, 2019
Survey confirms that non-tuition costs in California pose obstacles to students pursuing higher education.