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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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California's need for nurses and physicians to fight Covid-19 could find help among graduating nurses and medical students but actions are needed to get them into the hospitals.
March 26, 2020
Life may not be the same, but for some California college students staying on campus provides a refuge, especially for those with nowhere to go.
March 20, 2020
Colleges and universities are cancelling in-person classes across the state.
March 13, 2020
Stege Elementary in Richmond was primed to reinvent itself from one of California's lowest performing schools to one that helped its black and Latino students achieve academically. Instead, the school faces teacher layoffs.
March 10, 2020
Despite pleas to give the new online college more time, lawmakers approved an audit that will begin after July 1. A legislative leader said that should give the college enough time to prove its worth.
February 27, 2020
Despite continuing criticisms from community college faculty, Calbright takes on new interim president to lead the state's online only college.
February 11, 2020
New research finds these students had lower grade point averages than their peers because of barriers they faced in high school.
January 30, 2020
Since 2016, California Community Colleges have offered bachelor's degrees. A non-partisan state agency report gives a mixed review of the 15 programs.
January 27, 2020
A federal lawsuit seeks to reinstate a federal rule requiring for-profit colleges to report the debt and earnings of its graduates.
January 23, 2020
Heather Hiles suddenly resigned this week after less than one year on the job.
January 16, 2020
Calbright College's president will leave on March 31, leaving critics to revive questions about whether online college is needed.
January 14, 2020
California's newest community college, aimed at helping "stranded workers" get needed job skills, enrolled its first students in October but now is seeing the departure of its president.
January 13, 2020
Community support remains strong despite little improvement.
December 20, 2019
Foster students miss the most school days of any group of students in the state.
December 3, 2019
Two California community colleges stand out in efforts to help students take for-credit math courses instead of remedial courses.