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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.
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In historic reversal, University of California regents endorse push to end ban on affirmative action
Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 would repeal Proposition 209 and restore race and gender as considerations for admissions.
June 15, 2020
Richmond’s Stege Elementary is on track for a redesign by the fall of 2020 to improve learning for its mostly black and Latino students. The school is slated to get new curriculums and teaching strategies.
June 12, 2020
Cerritos College opens state’s first exclusive housing for homeless community college students.
June 12, 2020
Calbright College, California's new online community college, faces loss of state funds as the state legislature looks for ways to fund other education programs. Gov Newsom and the college's administration stand behind Calbright.
June 4, 2020
New poll reveals California college students fear pandemic will derail graduation. Students say they need more financial, academic and mental health services to cope with pandemic.
May 28, 2020
Class of 2020 graduates face disappearing job offers and internships. Amid historic job losses, students are urged to look for alternatives like graduate school and projects until hiring resumes
May 21, 2020
A federal suit filed in California claims that federal eligibility rules arbitrarily excluded as many as 800,000 community college students from receiving federal coronavirus assistance.
May 12, 2020
Amid a continuing pandemic, four California community colleges announce plans for an all-virtual fall term. UCLA offers students a choice.
May 3, 2020
Students are anxiously waiting to hear plans for the fall semester as colleges in California and nationwide make plans that could include courses online, in-person or some of both with limits on numbers of students in classes.
April 30, 2020
California students have filed a federal lawsuit seeking refund of fees paid for services shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
April 28, 2020
Each campus determines who can access the funding, and some are developing applications so students can apply for the aid.
April 24, 2020
The Trump administration has ruled that undocumented students are not eligible to receive any of the federal stimulus funds aimed at helping college students deal with the impact of the pandemic.
April 22, 2020
The federal stimulus bill will pump $1.7 billion to California’s colleges and universities to cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. At least half of that money will go directly to students.
April 9, 2020
Waiver will allow those close to graduation to complete hands-on training by using virtual simulation, but still requires half of clinical training that many hospitals are not providing.
April 5, 2020
Many nursing students and instructors said they want the nursing board to waive some of its requirements for graduation.