ERIC Number: ED202504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Maximizing Educational Opportunity through Community Resources.
In the face of increased demands and diminishing resources, educational administrators at correctional facilities should look beyond institutional resources and utilize the services of area community colleges. The community college has an established track record in correctional education. Besides the nationally recognized correctional programs established at several two-year colleges, community colleges have a long history of reaching out to underserved, nontraditional students with a range of backgrounds and abilities that are mirrored in many ways by the prison population. Unfortunately, many correctional administrators have been reluctant to allow "outsiders" in the prison environment, and the potential for prison/college cooperation has not been fully realized. In undertaking such cooperative efforts, the college and prison must: (1) develop a working relationship which recognizes the primacy of the offender's education; (2) provide the same educational opportunities that are available on campus; (3) become aware of student financial aid opportunities for prisoners; (4) tap governmental and private sources of financial support; and (5) assure that college and correctional staff appreciate each other's orientation and needs. Such cooperative efforts will promote more efficient allocation of resources, reduce duplication, and improve service to the offender. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Correctional Education Association (Costa Mesa, CA, July 5-8, 1981).