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.Add or Update a Program
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. Historically it has been difficult to find details about the design and description of programs, their administrative structures, the number of programs operating in prisons, or the number of students enrolled in those programs. For practitioners trying to launch, sustain or grow new programs, and for programs trying to increase quality, opportunities for co-learning and support are invaluable.
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.
The Annual Survey is conducted with our partners at the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University, the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison at the University of Utah and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
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 National Directory of Higher Education Programs in Prison began in 2008, when the Prison Studies Project began compiling a list of post-secondary education in prison programs throughout the United States. For 10 years, the National Directory has been a central focus of the Prison Studies Project and an important resource for the higher education in prison community. In 2019, the Prison Studies Project partnered with the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison to expand the reach of a national directory and the support it can offer to higher education in prison programs and staff. The data included in the newly named National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs is gathered through the National Survey of Higher Education in Prison Programs.