ERIC Number: ED364638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Black Experience in Spartanburg Methodist College's Correctional Institutions' Higher Education Program.
Everhart, Duane D.
The black experience in the college educational program of Spartanburg Methodist College for correctional institution inmates was studied. The college has been involved in adult education at two correctional institutions since 1983. Inmates are enrolled in an Associate of Arts program through this project funded by the Federal Government. Five surveys were developed to explore attitudes of 13 black and 26 white inmate students, general institution population (87 blacks and 48 whites), faculty, institution staff, and released students (only 2 responses). Overall, students responded positively, and more black students reported increased self-esteem and self-confidence in their educational experience than did whites. Both groups hoped to continue their educations in prison, and a small majority planned to persist in their educations after release. Results from the general institutionalized population do not make it clear whether they would enroll and pursue a college education, and many did not have the necessary educational background. Released students do not appear to have benefited greatly from the program to date. Three tables present study findings. Four appendixes contain the recruitment package, the surveys, and results of the staff survey. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Associate Degrees, Black Students, College Students, Compensatory Education, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Criminals, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Educational Experience, Federal Aid, Prisoners, Program Evaluation, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Two Year Colleges, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Clemson Univ., SC. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Higher Education.
Authoring Institution: Spartanburg Methodist Coll., SC.