I wish the Hoyas best of luck with this new program. The one we had for NY inmates through Mercy College helped many to build a better future with the courses they completed and the degrees they received.
I had the opportunity to hear a panel presentation from the director of the program and three members that were now in the workforce and it was impressive. These men (and women) really want to succeed and know that a life without education can be a one-way ticket back to prison. As one of the participants said on this video, below, "Prisons aren't rehabilitation. Education is rehabilitation."
But this news is a major step forward because it is a full degree program and not just certificate-level classes for those already ready to return to society. There is a fair amount of red tape for any private university to be allowed into state facilities, but this could be a big step forward.
Last Edit: Apr 7, 2021 21:37:36 GMT -5 by DFW HOYA
This is a great idea. IIRC Wesleyan University has long been teaching courses to inmates in CT (although I'm not sure it's a degree program).
Yes, they have. Conn and Trinity have participated in similar programs as well. This Georgetown program appears to be a big step forward from some of those and the Hoyas should be proud. Colleges which have tried to attract non traditional students are generally pleased with their programs. Many schools have programs for young adults who have spent some time in the military. There are elite liberal arts colleges which offer programs for community college graduates who are older than their typical students. Some roll their eyes when they read about diversity, equality and inclusivity programs at colleges, but these initiatives work.