Producer and Correspondent
Sasha Aslanian returned to APM Reports in 2015 to cover human trafficking. Prior to that she spent seven years reporting for MPR News covering beats such as immigration and Minnesota's multi-year battle over same-sex marriage. From 2000 to 2008, she produced documentaries for American RadioWorks. Her work has been recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award among others. She is a graduate of Grinnell College.
The pandemic is making getting through college harder for students on the wrong side of the digital divide. In rural Arizona, when campuses closed, some students couldn’t log on from home, because they had no access to the internet. A local sheriff flew laptops and hotspots to community college students on the Navajo Nation.
The long tradition of students attending small, residential liberal arts colleges around the country was already shaky before the pandemic. Students are choosing less expensive options and more practical degrees. Experts warn that 10 percent of American colleges — about 200 or more institutions — are on the verge of going under. The pandemic is accelerating that trend.
An audio documentary from APM Reports.
A Florida university plans to reopen with a mandatory screening app, fewer people in classrooms, and a pilot study of virus-sniffing dogs
Colleges and universities are under pressure to reopen, but bringing students back on campus safely means dealing with dizzying logistics. As the virus surges in Miami, a large commuter campus gets ready.
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas becomes an intriguing puzzle piece of the pandemic's spread after new Bay Area Covid-19 deaths indicate the virus' presence in the United States earlier than thought.
Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost
At Georgia State in Atlanta, more students are graduating, and the school credits its use of predictive analytics. But critics worry that the algorithms may be invading students' privacy and reinforcing racial inequities.
An elite university helped her climb but changing class can be a lonely journey.
You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class.
Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone. But new research shows that with the country growing ever more economically divided, colleges are not doing enough to help students from poor families achieve the American Dream.
The doors are locked at this special ed school in Minneapolis so no one runs away. It's a surprising place to find kids doing breathing exercises.
Teachers with DACA serving low-income, immigrant communities could be tough to replace.
President Trump is ending a program that allowed some young, undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States. For some, that may mean the end of a dream of going to college. APM Reports tells the stories of young immigrants fighting for a piece of the American Dream and examines the historical events that brought us to this moment.
The federal government sets immigration policy, but states decide how much access undocumented immigrants have to their public colleges and universities. Georgia has some of the strictest policies in the country.
Collision over college dreams for undocumented students.
How much will anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuade foreigners from studying in the United States?
The next president could end temporary protections for undocumented college students.
The nation is changing the way it thinks about teen sex trafficking. States have decriminalized it for teens and offered help, and some are attacking the demand for commercial sex.