NCHEP 12: What's Next: Higher Education in Prison and Its Future(s)

The 12th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison will be hosted as a virtual event.

October 11-14, 2022 (on Zoom)

Submit a proposalRegistration: coming soon

Schedule and Updates

The 12th National Conference for Higher Education in Prison will be fully virtual, shifting to an alternating virtual and in-person model for the foreseeable future (i.e., the 12th NCHEP virtual in 2022 and the 13th NCHEP in-person in 2023). While we are conscious that an in-person conference unites the community in ways that a virtual one cannot, this choice (which was made in collaboration with the Alliance’s Board) will make this event safer, more sustainable, and more accessible. We also believe that with this form of advanced notice and consistent schedule, organizations will be better able to budget and plan for in-person conference participation. We understand that some may be disappointed about the decision to only meet in-person every other year, or may wish to know more about the factors that led to this decision, so we have provided further details here.

Planning Process

The Planning Process will be similar to the 11th NCHEP. In an effort to offer opportunities for more community members to participate, we will solicit suggestions, ideas, and feedback through multiple open discussions and surveys on topics such as the conference theme, keynote speakers, special events, etc. The NCHEP Planning Team will host Community Planning Sessions twice a month, and each session will be open to anybody willing to help the 12th NCHEP orchestration. You can attend one session or all! If you have incarcerated students who are able to Zoom in and need tech support to get the virtual call set up, please email nchep@higheredinprison.org with “Planning Session for Incarcerated Students” in the subject line. 

To provide anonymous feedback on the planning process, please complete the NCHEP Planning Process Survey.

To stay updated about the 12th NCHEP check in on Facebook @OfficialNCHEP and Twitter @OfficialNCHEPWe will continue to add information to this page as it becomes available.

timeline for the 12th NCHEP:

  • February 2022: Conference Announcement
  • April 2022: Conference Theme and Call for Submissions Announced
  • May 2022: Proposal Submissions Due and Registration Opens
  • July-August 2022: Proposal Accept/Decline Decisions Sent and Schedule Announced
  • October 11-14, 2022: 12th NCHEP (virtual)

Overview of the 12th NCHEP 

Schedule

Planning process

The Planning Process will be similar to the 11th NCHEP. In an effort to offer opportunities for more community members to participate, we will solicit suggestions, ideas, and feedback through multiple open discussions and surveys on topics such as the conference theme, keynote speakers, special events, etc. The NCHEP Planning Team will host Community Planning Sessions twice a month, and each session will be open to anybody willing to help plan the 12th NCHEP. You can attend one session or all! If you have incarcerated students who are able to Zoom in and need tech support to get the virtual call set up, please email nchep@higheredinprison.org with “Planning Session for Incarcerated Students” in the subject line. 

Register to Attend NCHEP Planning Sessions

Call for Submissions

The NCHEP Planning Team is pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the 12th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison, which will be held virtually on October 11-14, 2022.  After compiling the 2021 NCHEP Exit Report and inviting feedback and ideas from the community through a survey, the theme that will frame the 12th NCHEP is: What's Next? Higher Education in Prison and Its Future(s)

We conceive of the 2022 NCHEP as a space for collective reflection, dialogue, and action – one that will ideally not shy away from the conversations and concerted efforts necessary to build a better future for currently and formerly incarcerated students and their access to higher education. We invite submissions for Open Conversations; Panel Discussions; and Individual Papers.

Read the full Call for Submission and Submit a Proposal

Conference Registration

Registration for the 12th NCHEP (2022) will open in May 2022.

The Whova App will continue to be a part of the 12th NCHEP. Those who register for the conference will be sent the information to download and access the app in May, as soon as registration opens. The app is also accessible from both smartphones and computers. Please email nchep@higheredinprison.org with “Whova App” in the subject line if you have any questions.

FAQ: Submission and General NCHEP

Find answers to your questions about the 12th NCHEP on the 2022 NCHEP FAQ Page and general information about the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison on the 12th NCHEP FAQ Page.

Additionally, there are a few more ways to ask questions, offer feedback and/or receive information: