Reversing a 25-year ban, Congress recently agreed to expand Pell Grants to incarcerated students. Now some 463,000 people behind bars have the opportunity to access higher education. How will colleges respond? And, in the wake of Covid-19, are colleges prepared to offer degree programs to the prison population?
To find out, The Chronicle conducted a survey gathering over 750 responses from college administrators and faculty members, in addition to in-depth interviews with students, instructors, and prison-education experts.
Download the Research Brief, The Expanding Role of Colleges in Prison Education, to read the survey results which examine both the potential opportunities, along with challenges, prison education presents including:
- Stories from real students who have benefited from college programs behind bars
- Lessons learned about what works and what doesn’t
- Second chances through education