ERIC Number: ED473672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Piecing Together a College Education behind Bars. Part One [and] Part Two [and] Part Three [and] Part Four.
Taylor, Jon Marc
Prison Mirror, v115 n10-13 May-Aug 2002
This is a four-part article on how to earn a college degree from inside prison. The author, who earned his master's while in prison, argues that education offers prisoners the best chance of staying out of prison after their release, as well as qualifying them for a decent job and easing social reintegration. The author outlines the approaches prisoners can take to finance an A.A., B.A., or master's degree. He also offers guidelines for receiving equivalency credit. A 1995 Texas Department of Corrections study reported that recidivism among those with an A.A. degree is 13.7%, with a B.A. 5.6%, and with a master's 0%. States report overall recidivism rates as high as 75%. The article describes the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), which administers exams to institutionalized individuals as well as to the general public. CLEP exams are comprehensive subject and general exams. A college usually grants the same amount of credit to students earning satisfactory scores on a CLEP exam as it grants to students completing the same course at its school. The author also describes the Regents College Examinations and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). In addition, the paper includes reviews of end-of-course exams, prior learning credit, and credit bank schools. (NB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Part One (v115 n10 p1,8 May 2002); Part Two (n11 p6-8 Jun 2002); Part Three (n12 p6-8 Jul 2002); Part Four (n13 p6-8 Aug 2002).