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.
All articles by Ashley A. Smith
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.
August 11, 2021
Students and staff across California are showing proof of getting the Covid vaccine so they can return to campuses.
August 6, 2021
Decision to require vaccinations means system won't wait for FDA vaccine approval as the highly infectious delta variant fuels increase in coronavirus cases.
July 27, 2021
Calbright's board of trustees learns that the State Senate Education Committee will forgo a hearing on a bill to eliminate the college.
July 12, 2021
Students pursuing transfer are finding it too difficult to transition from community college to university and earn their degrees within four years
June 23, 2021
The pandemic cost transfer students internships, research opportunities, chances to work closely with renowned faculty, and even travel abroad.
June 23, 2021
Alameda County Civil Grand Jury report finds ineffective leadership by Peralta Community College District's board of trustees.
June 22, 2021
The May revision includes $48.7 billion for the state's higher education systems, including restoring funding cuts made last year.
May 14, 2021
Calbright College, California's online-only community college, faces a tough fight in the Legislature following a state audit that found mismanagement but urged that Calbright get until the end of 2022 to serve adult learners.
May 12, 2021
Calbright College, California's online-only community college, fights for survival amid opposition from some lawmakers and a pending audit.