Interview With Scott Holman

By Dianne Frazee-Walker

Scott Holman discovered he had a passion he didn’t know he had when he accepted the offer of teaching the extended studies program with Adam’s State University. Holman accepted a rare opportunity to help prisoners earn college degrees through a unique correspondence program. ASU is located in Alamosa, Colorado where Holman graduated with a BA in English in 1996.

It is unusual to qualify for teaching upper division literature courses without a PHD. Holman came into program with a MA in Literature he earned at Colorado State University. Even without a PHD Holman’s resume was not too shabby, with 20th Century American Fiction, Ethic Minority Literature, American Literature One and Two, and Intro to Literature already under his belt. Candidates with PHDs didn’t have time, so Holman jumped at the opportunity. He doesn’t regret a minute of his experience teaching literature for the extended studies program because it has opened many doors not only for his resume, but for his incarcerated students as well.

Holman is currently teaching English 365-Ethnic and Minority Literature through the extended studies program. He believes teaching to prisoners is an honor because it is a privilege for students to participate. Through the extended studies program inmates can go as far as earning a BA, which significantly increases their chances of getting a job when they are released.

Holman regards his incarcerated students as being exceptional because they have the time to focus their energy on the works of literature. Analyses of literalities are extremely defined and time in prison gives them time to look at them in depth.  

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Adams State University: Prison College Program

Adams State University offers the following information about the Prison College Program, designed specifically for prisoners:

Welcome to the Adams State University Prison College Program. Here you will find information about what Adams State University can offer to incarcerated individuals.  Image courtesy

At Adams State University we know how important education is to all individuals, especially for those who happen to be incarcerated. Through correspondence courses, Adams State University provides an opportunity for incarcerated students to work for college credit and towards a degree. We have helped thousands of prisoners throughout the United States to reach their education goals.

Adams State University is committed to addressing the specific needs of incarcerated students by offering the following benefits:

  • Quality – All of our degrees are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Availability –  Numerous degree options are available through correspondence delivery including Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, History, Government, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Interdisciplinary Degrees consist of two emphasis areas.   We also offer a correspondence Masters in Business Administration. 
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