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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California Assemblyman Jose Medina sat down with EdSource to reflect on his years as Higher Education Committee chairman and outline his priorities for his last year in office.
January 3, 2022
New report: California must address imbalance of too many eligible students and not enough slots at UC and CSU
A new report urges California to take steps to create more spaces at UC and CSU for qualified students, especially Black and Latino students who are underrepresented among enrolled students.
December 14, 2021
With the pandemic resulting in enrollment loss across the CSU system, Chancellor Joseph Castro embraced a new strategy to get students to come back.
November 29, 2021
EdSource roundtable panelists discuss how the college admissions process has changed amid the pandemic.
October 27, 2021
CSU reports an uptick in graduation among first-time and transfer students despite the coronavirus pandemic but concerns remain to improve rates for low-income and students of color
October 22, 2021
President of California's online-only college, Calbright, says it needs more time to work out its problems.
October 21, 2021
As California faces a nursing shortage, students are pushing for changes in how candidates are selected for limited community college nursing slots.
October 12, 2021
Gov. Newsom signed additional bills Wednesday advancing college funding, transfers and affordability.
October 6, 2021
CSU executive compensation lags behind other comparable universities nationally.
September 15, 2021
The 23 campuses of California State University have shown resilience and courage over the past 18 months, says new Chancellor Joseph Castro.
September 14, 2021
Some campuses tracking vaccination rates, quarantines and weekly testing. While others only offer the number of positive Covid cases on-campus.
September 9, 2021
A new approach to educating allied health care workers is helping to redefine higher education to quickly move and meet demand.
August 31, 2021
Efforts by CSU to improve graduation rates face questions over the long-term effects of the pandemic, especially on this year's freshmen.
August 30, 2021
The Cal State, UC campuses are prepared to keep students and staff as safe as possible during the pandemic, but uncertainty continues to exist.
August 23, 2021
How Daisy Gonzales went from foster care to the top of the nation's largest system of higher education
California's new acting chancellor is optimistic for the future of the community colleges despite the coronavirus pandemic and enrollment losses.