SQSP_PUP_110416-416

Technical Assistance

The Prison University Project supports the expansion of thoughtfully designed, and effectively-implemented, higher education programs as a way to foster opportunities for incarcerated people in prisons across country. Our Technical Assistance program aims to develop a skilled, knowledgeable and professional community of prison higher education practitioners by offering resources and services that any college, university or prison can access to improve their higher education program; and by establishing widely accepted standards of practice for the field of prison higher education.

PUP_Event_025

Technical Assistance

THE NEED

Interest in prison higher education is expanding all across the country. The US Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Pilot Program currently has 67 colleges and universities nationwide slated to receive Pell grant funding for incarcerated students enrolled in in-prison programs, on an experimental basis. In California, the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 1391 in 2014 generated new interest in prison education among the state’s community colleges, by allowing them to receive apportionment funding for incarcerated students, just as they do for students enrolled in classes on their outside campuses.

The expansion of higher education in prison will mean promising new opportunities for incarcerated people, if new programs are thoughtfully designed and effectively implemented. New prison programs will need guidance and support in order to respond to the particular needs of incarcerated students, and the significant challenges presented by the prison environment.


THE PROGRAM

The Prison University Project is now building on the first stages of its technical assistance work to support the further development of prison higher education into a stronger and more robust professional field. Our goal is to support the creation of a skilled, knowledgeable and professional community of practitioners by providing resources and services that any college, university or prison can access to improve their higher education program. We are also committed to helping to establish widely accepted standards of practice for the field of prison higher education.

We conduct trainings and workshops for new and developing prison programs around California, addressing topics such as the California prison system—rules, regulations, structure and culture; prison education program models, culture, values and approaches; classroom pedagogy and innovative approaches; student support, especially for students with learning differences; college preparatory programming; and many other subjects.

We also host “customized” trainings, workshops and meetings to address the individual program needs. We are currently working to create a comprehensive toolkit containing resources and materials on all the subject areas described above as part of our trainings that will be available to practitioners state-and nationwide.


RECIPIENTS TO DATE

Antelope Vally College, California State Prison in Lancaster

Bakersfield College, SATF Corcoran

Cerro Coso Community College, California City Correctional Facility

Chaffey Community College, California Institution for Women, California Institution for Men

College of the Canyons, Los Angeles County Jail

College of the Redwoods, Pelican Bay State Prison

College of the Sequoias

Columbia College, Sierra Conservation Center

Cuesta College, CMC Prison

Five Keys Charter School, County Jail 5, San Francisco

Flinders Law School, Australia

Folsom Lake College, Folsom Women's Facility at Folsom State Prison

Franciscan School of Theology

Hartnell College, Salinas Valley State Prison

 

Jackson College (Michigan)

Lassen Community College, High Desert State Prison

Southwestern Community College, RJD Correctional Facility

Taft College

West Los Angeles College (Jail program)

 

RESOURCES

In March 2016 we hosted our first training conference, bringing together practitioners, prison administrators and non-profit professionals to build a deeper understanding of challenges and opportunities in the field of prison higher education.

Topics covered in the guide below include: managing prison logistics and restrictions; academic and administrative planning, and new and developing best practices for working with adult learners in a correctional setting.

In March 2016 we hosted our first training conference, bringing together practitioners, prison administrators and non-profit professionals to build a deeper understanding of challenges and opportunities in the field of prison higher education.

Topics covered in the guide below include: managing prison logistics and restrictions; academic and administrative planning, and new and developing best practices for working with adult learners in a correctional setting.

Creating Excellence in
Prison Higher Education