We are committed to supporting the field of higher education in prison by advocating for open-access to the resources, tools and training necessary for programs and individuals to succeed.
Through the lens of equity and quality, the Alliance seeks to collect data and publish research about the expanding field of higher education in prison. By acting as an information-sharing network, and providing open-access resources about higher education in prison programs, the Alliance aims to improve student access to in-prison and post-incarceration educational opportunities.
This report offers information about the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on higher education in prison programs. The data used for this report come from two sources: 1) the 2020 Annual Survey of Higher Education in Prison Programs, and 2) the Understanding the Landscape of Higher Education in Prison Programs Survey.
The Understanding the Landscape of Higher Education Prison Survey (Landscape Survey) was designed as a confidential follow-up to the 2020 Annual Survey of Higher Education in Prison Programs, distributed by the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison. The Landscape Survey contained 93 questions designed to collect both descriptive and open-ended responses from participants about their college-in-prison programs during the 2018/2019 academic year. Included within this survey were specific questions about student, staff and volunteer demographics, program funding, student enrollment and admissions, program goals, and program evaluation.
The Landscape of Higher Education in Prison report provides a descriptive overview of the field of higher education in prison during the 2018-2019 academic year. The data reported here is collected from the Annual Survey of Higher Education in Prison Programs and is made public through the National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs (December 2020).
Access documents from various higher education in prison programs to support the launch or growth of your own program. The documents currently available are: Admissions Application, By Laws, Curriculum, Faculty Handbook, FAFSA, Memorandum of Understanding, Organizational Chart, Re-entry Guide, Staff Handbook, Strategic Plan, Student Handbook, Volunteer Handbook.
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.