Equity and Excellence in Practice: A Guide for Higher Education in Prison provides a clear and specific summary of some of the most essential components of high-quality in-prison higher education programs. The report outlines the attributes of programs that uphold a commitment to equity, excellence and access. While each prison setting is unique, the recommendations in the report are intended to be applied to the field of higher education generally.
Equity and Excellence in Practice outlines the key characteristics of high-quality prison higher education programs. The report is divided into seven sections:
1. Program Design
2. Partnerships and Collaboration
3. Faculty Recruitment, Training andSupervision
6. Instructional Resources
7. Academic Support Services
The report specifically acknowledges the common barriers that practitioners confront to creating high quality programming, and approaches each of these realms as a work in progress.
This report is for new and experienced practitioners seeking to achieve equity and excellence in their work, as well as policy leaders, funders and others interested in the topic.
Equity and Excellence in Practice: A Guide for Higher Education in Prison was funded by Lumina Foundation.
There are enormous challenges facing the field of higher education in prison—lack of oversight and accountability within the prison setting, the complex needs of students, and the material scarcity that pervades the field. These are all microcosms of the most broken and vulnerable edges of the society as a whole.
Expanding access to excellent educational programs provides an extraordinary opportunity to overcome inequity at a massive scale and to set an example—both for our own professional communities and for society as a whole.