In 2019, the Alliance launched a program to strengthen the network of higher education in prison programs. The Higher Education in Prison Cohort Program promotes meaningful co-learning and collaboration. We do this by supporting program leaders and staff who are working to create, sustain and grow higher education in prison programs.
The inaugural two-year cohort includes 12 programs from around the United States. Program participants are at different stages of their evolution, they offer many different types of programming, and have various leadership structures. By bringing these programs together, we hope to foster a supportive environment where practitioners can collaborate and engage in collective problem solving. The outcomes of the cohort will help inform future projects of the Alliance.Meet The 2019-2021 CohortMore Info / How To Apply
Working with our partners at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, Prison Studies Project at Harvard University and Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison at the University of Utah we conduct an annual survey to collect and publish data about U.S. programs offering higher education in prison.
Through the Higher Education in Prison Landscape Project, the Alliance convenes and supports people around the country who are working to expand the field of higher education in prison.
The Higher Education in Prison Landscape Project includes:
The cohort and national directory are both part of the Higher Education in Prison Landscape Project, a partnership between the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, the Research Collaborative for Higher Education in Prison at the University of Utah (Erin Castro, Director) and the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (Amy Lerman, Professor).