We believe that anyone seeking to launch, sustain or expand upon a program offering higher education in prison should have access to resources, tools and training to help them succeed.
In our effort to support programs and collectively improve the quality of college education in prison being offered in the United States, the Alliance is committed to collecting data and publishing research about this growing field. By sharing data, research and resources about higher education in-prison programs, the Alliance aims to elevate the level of quality and academic rigor in these programs and improve outcomes for students.
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.
In 2016, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison and the Saint Louis University Prison Program spearheaded a yearlong planning process to investigate the need for and purpose of a national organization for higher education in prison. Throughout the process, a steering committee gathered input from a broad range of stakeholders and key partners. The focus groups, planning sessions and community surveys helped form the foundation of the network, including the mission, vision, values and purpose.
This annual gathering brings together people from around the United States working to expand the quality higher education in prison. More than just an annual opportunity to convene with colleagues from the field, the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (NCHEP) is a place for people to feel heard, supported and inspired.