As far as PrisonEducation.com can tell, Ole Miss offers a traditional, paper-based correspondence program called iStudy @ Ole Miss. PrisonEducation.com has been unable to confirm whether or not this program remains functional. The information offered below may be unreliable. Contact iStudy @ Ole Miss If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Ole Miss
St. Cloud State University’s Pathways Program for Incarcerated Students offers individuals the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree or take college courses for personal growth and development.
The Center for Continuing Studies works with the SCSU faculty to make a number of correspondence courses available. These courses cover the same content as the on campus and online versions. Students receive assignments and other course materials through the mail and communicate with faculty by mail. Please check the link below for a current list of correspondence courses available.
Students can choose to pursue and Associate Degree entirely in the correspondence format. Students who choose to do so must understand that using this format lengthens the time needed to earn the degree and may involve taking correspondence courses at other institutions to fill gaps in our offerings.
Students who are admitted to the University through Pathways for Incarcerated Students become part of St. Cloud State University’s long-standing tradition of excellence and opportunity.
- Degree Options
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- How to Apply
The Pathways Program for Incarcerated Students offers two degree options:
- The Associate in Arts degree is intended to provide a broad liberal arts and sciences background. AA programs require completion of the general education program and additional credits to total at least 60 semester credit hours. The AA program may serve as the foundation for a bachelor’s degree.
- The Associate in Elective Studies degree program provides students the unique opportunity of designing their own program of study. The AES requires the completion of 60 semester hour credits, with no more than 30 credits in any one discipline. This degree is considered a terminal degree that does not lead to a bachelor’s degree, but may be a good option for those seeking education purely for personal development. Students wishing to complete an associate’s degree and continue on to a bachelor’s degree should choose the Associate in Arts program.
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:
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.
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.
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.
After being incarcerated for over 2 years now, I have come to the undeniable conclusion that obtaining an education while in prison is hard! Despite the general public’s perception that prisoners are being rehabilitated while in the system, in reality, rehabilitation through higher learning is hard to come by. Granted, many prisons require their inmates to pass a “mandatory literacy” examination, and some even require the completion of a GED. But for the most part, the educational train stops there and all inmates must get off. Those who desire to improve themselves through higher learning find that they must fight an uphill battle to receive any sort of accredited education.
For those who are willing to fight that uphill battle, here are a couple of tips to help you be effective in your quest for education.
1) Be aware of non-accredited schools. There are many “career colleges” and “correspondence learning schools” that are more than happy to take your money; and usually, for very little work, will award you an Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or even Ph.D. (depending upon how much you pay them). But, their diplomas aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Sadly, many “Bible colleges” are a part of this scam. Before investing your time or money into a school, check their accreditation. If they can’t produce legitimate accreditations, such as regional accreditation, then you may want to reconsider enrollment.