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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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CSU’s new chancellor says he will improve graduation rates despite the disruption of on-campus classes caused by the pandemic. Joseph I. Castro, president of Fresno State, says the pandemic inspired him to seek the chancellor job.
September 24, 2020
The CSU’s Board of Trustees voted in favor of Proposition 16 which would repeal the ban on affirmative action for university hiring and admissions. It joins UC and the California Community Colleges boards, which have also come out in favor of affirmative action.
September 23, 2020
CSU, the nation’s largest undergraduate system, made history today naming a Mexican American as the system’s first chancellor of color. The new chancellor is also the first system president to lead the 500,000 student system.
September 23, 2020
California Community Colleges see an overall drop in fall enrollments with some colleges experiencing double digit losses, according to preliminary data.
September 21, 2020
San Diego State took a different path than Chico State, as the first of the CSU campuses to end in-person classes following increases in coronavirus infection.
September 11, 2020
CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White cited anticipated increases in Covid-19 cases, a lack of testing and no coronavirus vaccine as why campuses won't return to normalcy anytime soon.
September 10, 2020
Chico State and San Diego State shut down in-person classes as coronavirus infections spread on both campuses attributed mostly to off-campus activity.
September 3, 2020
How California universities welcome students back to campus: testing, contact tracing, few in-person classes
California's universities are opening this week with few in-person classes but dorms will house students and some campuses will have testing and contact tracing.
August 26, 2020
Some students delaying enrollment in hopes college classes return to “normal.”
August 24, 2020
Intense dispute between CSU and state legislature ends with Gov. Newsom signing Assembly Bill 1460 that requires freshmen starting in 2021-22 to take an ethnic studies course for graduation that focuses on one of four racial and ethnic groups.
August 17, 2020
Gov. Newsom has until Aug. 19 to decide whether to sign a bill that dictates to the California State University system the ethnic studies courses students must take as a requirement for graduation.
August 12, 2020
Presssure builds on Gov. Newsom to impose ethnic studies requirement on CSU dictated by the state legislature. He has until Aug. 15 to sign the bill.
August 4, 2020
The pandemic could force California higher education systems to work together and improve.
July 30, 2020
Calbright College's new president sees a fresh path of innovation for online community college.
July 22, 2020
Study finds a new CSU campus for about 8,000 students could cost up to $3 billion, too expensive for a system facing budget cuts.