NYU Faculty Provides Education for Inmates

NYU launched its Prison Education Program to give those incarcerated at the Wallkill Correctional Facility access to a college education, the university announced Monday. The program, backed by a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, currently has 36 incarcerated individuals enrolled.
Wallkill Correctional Facility is a medium-security prison for males located in the Hudson Valley. Rolled out for the Spring 2015 semester, PEP currently has two courses available with the possibility of an additional four during the summer of 2015. Following their release from prison, students may choose to continue their education at NYU or apply their credits to another university.

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The Prison Education Project of California

By ChristopherZoukis

The aim of California’s Prison Education Project (PEP) is to reduce recidivism and encourage partnerships between the state’s colleges and prisons.  Currently, PEP involves six prisons and about 2,000 prison inmates–both men and women.  The program is delivered via 2,000 volunteers from regional colleges and community colleges.  This volunteer-based outreach program is then complemented by the more formal Reintegration Academy that is a multi-part program that sees approved inmates enrolled in community college so they may attend courses upon their release.  This multi-faceted project is set to expand; its goals are to reduce California’s rate of recidivism by at least 1% and save the state thousands of dollars in costs associated with the care and housing of prisoners.  Image courtesy

The Prisons

Currently PEP is offered to inmates at the “California Institution for Men, the California Institution for Women, the California Rehabilitation Center, the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, and the Old Folsom Men & Women’s facilities.”  The program asserts that there are now 300 volunteers associated with the project.  Their role is to “expand” the educational opportunities available for prisons.  In that light, this program is designed to complement other prison-based initiatives such as the Reintegration Academy which is also featured on the PEP website.

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Distance Learning: Arkansas State University

Correspondence Courses A correspondence course is a home study course offered by a school under which instructional and examination materials are provided to students who are not physically attending classes. Differences for Correspondence Courses There are several differences between correspondence courses and regular courses taught on campus for students wishing to apply for and receive

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Distance Learning: Brigham Young University

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Our Paper courses (by mail) are our traditional, self-paced correspondence courses; students may receive and submit all material through the mail. Take this course anywhere; students who are traveling, in a remote location, or are institutionally bound are not limited by a need for Internet and computer access.

A course packet is mailed to you and contains everything needed to complete the course by mail including; the syllabus, course readings, non-graded self-check assignments, and computer-graded assignments with bubble sheets. Students can submit computer-graded (Speedback) assignments online or by mailing the completed bubble sheet. Students have the option of submitting instructor-graded assignments by e-mail, fax, or mail. Exams are administered by a certified proctor or testing center. Student support is available by phone, e-mail, and live chat. Students can also request free tutoring support.

This is best for students who:

  • Have no internet access
  • Prefer hard-copy assignments
  • Are not in a rush to complete the course
  • Do NOT have a counselor or parent that wants to closely follow their progress
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Distance Learning: University of Nevada – Reno

Online and Independent Learning!

 . . . and other Extended Studies programs that help make the University of Nevada, Reno a Campus for all Seasons!
By offering Online and Independent Learning, Wintermester, Summer Session, Late Start and Weekend Classes and Summer Freshman Start
➤ Our challenge is to give students as many opportunities as possible to take University of Nevada, Reno classes.
➤ Our mission is to deliver high-quality education in a variety of formats throughout each year.
➤ Our goal is to achieve this mission by ensuring that students are highly satisfied with their learning experience in every class, in every term, in whichever format they choose.

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Semester-based online courses — available for registration and completion during a particular semester each year (Fall, Spring or Summer), and delivered via online instruction. Students submit coursework via WebCampus.
Open-enrollment online courses — self paced and available for registration and completion anytime throughout the year; delivered via online instruction. Students submit coursework via WebCampus.
Open-enrollment print-based courses — self paced and available for registration and completion anytime throughout the year; delivered via printed syllabus and course materials. Students submit coursework via mail, email or fax.

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Thompson Rivers University

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So you’re thinking about taking a distance course. Since beginning a post-secondary course or program is a big investment in time and money, read through the following information before you register. It will help you determine if distance learning is right for you.

How Distance Education Works

Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) offers over 55 programs and 590 courses in a variety of flexible formats, including print-based, web-based, online and in-person. Courses and programs delivered by TRU-OL are fully accredited and recognized by other post-secondary institutions, so you can take a single course with us and transfer the credits to another institution or complete an entire program.

Open Education Explained

Distance education means that you can study wherever you live and wherever you are: in a public library, at home, at work or overseas. But open education also means that you may begin your course or program whenever you like; there is no need to wait for a particular semester to begin.

It also means that people who would find it difficult to complete a course or program on a physical campus can still access post-secondary education. This includes people living in a small town without access to on-campus education, people with disabilities, working students and those with family commitments. TRU-OL also has few barriers to entry, so your ability to enrol won’t be affected by your past academic records and you won’t be required to submit transcripts from secondary school to register in courses.

In addition, we offer students the opportunity to receive credits towards a program through PLAR, or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. This program is in place to recognize the experience and skills you have gathered from previous education, or life and work experience.

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Distance Learning for Inmates: California Pacific University

CPU’s programs are structured around courses designed to build a body of knowledge, one course built upon the other, much the way a staircase works one step at a time to get you from the first floor of a building to the second floor of a building, and ultimately to the top floor. The work

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Distance Learning for Inmates: Adams State University

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

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Distance Learning for Inmates: Montcalm Community College

Montcalm Community College is located in Sidney, Michigan.  The college offers correspondence courses designed specifically for prisoners.  The following information is from MCC’s website:  Image courtesy

Montcalm Community College’s distance learning courses are developed by faculty using the content of their classroom courses. A guide will help students understand the course material. It also contains assignments that students must complete and submit to the instructor for evaluation and feedback. Assignments are submitted by postal mail.

Students may enroll at any time. Each course is offered on a monthly basis. New classes begin the second Monday of each month. Each correspondence course is approximately four months in duration, which can be extended as necessary.

Distance learning courses provide a highly structured method of independent study involving a tutorial relationship with a faculty member who guides student learning and monitors each student’s progress.

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Distance Learning for Inmates: Rio Salado College

Rio Salado

Rio Salado College offers distance learning classes for incarcerated students in printbase or mixed media formats. Incarcerated Distance Learning Schedules may be requested by calling (instate) 480-517-8345, (out-of-state) 877-517-8345, or by submitting an information request form by mail. Please remember that ADC policies must be followed and all courses must be approved through the Correctional Education Program Manager/Supervisor at each location. That person will have the correct ADC forms as well as any other ADC policies that need to be followed. 

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The total cost of the class will vary depending on the total number of credits the student enrolls in and price of the book/s. Other costs include an $11 course packet for each course, and a $15 one-time per semester registration fee. For information on book pricing please call Incarcerated Re-Entry @ (480) 517-8345 (in-state) or (877) 517-8345 (out-of-state).

If a student is incarcerated with the Arizona Department of Corrections, the student’s tuition and fees must be paid with a check from the student’s inmate account. If a family member or outside party is paying the educational costs (tuition, fees, registration, books) on behalf of the student, it may be paid by cash, check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express card.

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