Ashley A. SmithFollow @ashasmithnews
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
With little more than a week to go, fewer high school students nationally and across California are completing financial aid forms for college.
February 22, 2021
Get quick answers to common questions about California colleges and universities are responding to the pandemic and how students can access aid and support.
February 16, 2021
New CSU chancellor lays out his priorities for 2021 including what it will take to reopen campuses for in-person learning.
February 10, 2021
Gov. Newsom proposes new “dual admission” program to ease student transfer from community college to a specific California State University or University of California campus.
February 3, 2021
California State University charges the second-lowest tuition among comparable public universities. Leaders are studying whether to charge more.
January 26, 2021
Covid-19 relief funds approved in December will deliver $21.2 billion to the nation's colleges and universities. More than $2.83 billion of that total will go to California institutions.
January 15, 2021
Windfalls will allow two CA private colleges to expand opportunities for women and students of color
Two private California colleges see multi-million dollar donations from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott that they plan to use for scholarships and programs to support students of color and women.
January 15, 2021
California higher education leaders pledge to improve pathways for students to transfer from community colleges
January 14, 2021
As first-time college students, freshmen had so many plans to join clubs and pursue interests outside of their coursework. But, then the pandemic hit forcing creative alternatives.
December 22, 2020
CSU Chancellor White and Dr. Anthony Fauci optimistic about vaccinations and reopening in 2021.
December 18, 2020
In his exit interview with EdSource, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White urges the state Legislature to invest in the system with increased funding including funds to add a Legislature-mandated ethnic studies course.
December 4, 2020
In a wide-ranging interview, outgoing CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White looks ahead to what higher education may look like for students and the systems once the pandemic is over.
December 4, 2020
The pandemic may be preventing many high school and college freshmen from completing applications for financial aid. At the same time, there are spikes in aid applications from upperclass and graduate college students.
December 3, 2020
After more than a year of enrolling students, Calbright College makes significant changes and learns from mistakes
After a year in operation, Calbright, California's online only community college, has revised its program and its vision.
November 17, 2020
When she moves into the White House, Jill Biden will make history as the first First Lady to hold a job outside the White House — as a community college English professor.