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.
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Cal State approves plans for three student housing projects that officials say will help them attract students.
January 27, 2023
Enrollment decreases across CSU mean some campuses could see budget cuts.
January 25, 2023
Struggling with living expenses, 11,000 CSU student academic workers prepare to bargain for better pay and working conditions.
January 5, 2023
Early college and middle college high schools have existed in California for decades, but they often haven’t reflected the state’s K-12 diversity or high school population. Efforts to change that are underway.
December 16, 2022
Enrollment declines continue for the second year across the Cal State system mirroring a national trend.
November 23, 2022
When it votes in January, the CSU board of trustees plans to reject a proposal to require a fourth year of high school math for admission.
November 15, 2022
Growing numbers of California high schoolers dual enroll in college courses, but access uneven statewide
High school students are flocking to dual enrollment programs at community colleges, but enrollments often fail to reflect the racial and ethnic demographics of the high schools they serve.
November 10, 2022
Former Cal State chancellor displayed 'blind spot' to complaints of sexual harassment at Fresno State, report says
A long-awaited investigative report faults former CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro for failing to stem allegations of sexual harassment by a Fresno State administrator.
September 29, 2022
The Cal State system knows it needs to give its employees sizable salary and wage increases, but finding and getting the money to do so means relying on the state.
September 15, 2022
Biden's loan forgiveness plan helps, but some say they still have lots of student debt.
August 24, 2022
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.