The Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education Knowledge Bank serves as a one-stop resource to access research publications, news articles, events, and webinars about college in prison programs. This resource will assist corrections, colleges, researchers, advocates, and policymakers with engaging in the issues and staying informed and up-to-date. Use the refine or search functions to sort items by type (e.g., publication) or search by keyword.

Bard Prison Initiative Panel at the Race and Justice Summit

Thoughts are shared during a panel discussion about BPI by Lynn Novick (documentarian),Jule Hall (former NY State inmate),and Max Kenner (BPI founder) at the Race and Justice Summit in Washington. "Panel discussion moderator Adrienne Green, managing editor for The Atlantic magazine, cited statistics that showed the recidivism rate in the college-in-prison program is only four percent, compared to roughly 60 percent nationally for the general incarceration population."

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  • My AJC
December 06, 2018
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Two UMass Professors Help Inmates Find Their Voice Through Journalism

Shaheen Pasha and Razvan Sibii are professors at Umass, and are teaching journalism courses to inmates at Hampshire County jail & House of Corrections.“The depth of reflection that they brought to the table about hypermasculinity, given the environment that they are in and most of them had come from was mind-blowing,” Sibii said. Both hope to distribute the materials used to anyone wanting to teach journalism at a prison.

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  • Amherst Wire
November 28, 2018
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NJ-STEP Receives a $1.5 Million Grant That will Allow Inmates to Receive a Minor in Humanities

New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. NJ-STEP coordinates an associate’s degree with Raritan Valley Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Rutgers University–Newark. This grant will allow humanities courses that may include languages, literature, philosophy, history, and religion.

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  • Rutgers University
November 28, 2018
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Inmates Celebrate Education Milestones at Ellsworth Correctional Facility

Four inmates graduated with associates degrees from Barton Community College at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility. One of those students is Jason Schaffer. He began his education training after landing a welding job that helped him pay for his GED. Once transferred to ECF he applied for Barton’s Building Academic Skills in Correctional Settings (BASICS) program. His next goals are to earn a bachelor's degree, then an MBA.

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  • Great Bend Tribune
November 27, 2018
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