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. In 2020, Ashley was selected to join the first class of journalists in the ECMC Foundation Higher Education Media Fellowship at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, to report on career and technical education.
All articles by Ashley A. Smith
Trustees approve raises plus equity adjustments for presidents across 23-campus system.
July 13, 2022
Cal State trustees plan to eliminate the ability of fired administrators to retreat to faculty. Misconduct investigations, and violating university policies are just some ways administrators can lose faculty retreat options.
July 12, 2022
With Roe v. Wade overturned, will California’s universities become safe havens for out-of-state students?
With abortion illegal or soon to be banned in 16 other states, California's public universities could become reproductive-health safe havens for out-of-state students.
June 24, 2022
Policy changes don't follow increased diversity, speakers agree at CSU's first biennial Juneteenth symposium.
June 17, 2022
New study reveals hidden facts on college for California Asian American and Pacific Islander students
Looking deep into data reveals that there are disparities among Asian American college students in California.
May 31, 2022
Cal State employees say campus leaders ignore harassment and retaliation at nation’s largest university system
Faculty groups say they lack confidence in CSU trustees while demanding they hold leaders accountable. Sexual assault victims and other CSU San Bernardino employees claim harassment and retaliation.
May 25, 2022
Efforts are underway to get funding in the state's 2022-23 budget to increase salaries for CSU staff following release of a state-funded study.
May 23, 2022
Some, including key lawmaker, say California teachers won't be properly prepared to teach ethnic studies requirement without special training.
May 12, 2022
The pandemic and other factors reduced transfer applications across the California State University system.
April 8, 2022
Calbright College, California's online community college, faces a third attempt to shut it down amid charges that it has received millions in state funding and awarded certificates to only 70 students by the end of 2021.
March 24, 2022
Former CSUN President Jolene Koester was selected to replace Joseph I. Castro as interim California State University chancellor until a permanent replacement is found.
March 23, 2022
In wake of Castro resignation, Cal State launches investigations of system's handling of sexual harassment complaints
After saying they had been left in the dark, CSU trustees launch investigations stemming from former Chancellor Joseph Castro's mishandling of sexual harassment complaints while at Fresno State.
March 22, 2022
Cal State faculty members are pushing for California lawmakers to launch a separate probe into how allegations of sexual harassment are handled, saying they have no confidence in the system's plan to investigate itself.
March 17, 2022
California selects colleges to recommend for first round of grants to expand affordable student housing.