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ERIC Number: EJ1019096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0091-5521
The Impact of an Associate's Degree Program for Incarcerated Students: A Randomized Trial of the Correctional Education Association College of the Air Program
Meyer, Stephen J.; Randel, Bruce
Community College Review, v41 n3 p223-248 Jul 2013
This article reports findings from an impact study of a 2-year postsecondary academic program offered in state prisons. Outcomes examined for participants during their 1st year of participation include performance on a standardized test of critical thinking skills, credit acquisition, achievement motivation, educational aspirations, personal development, and institutional (prison) climate. A cluster randomized design was used in which prisons in six states were randomly assigned to implement the Correctional Education Association College of the Air (CEA/COA) program or control programming. Analyses show that students in the CEA/COA program had average critical thinking scores that were about three fourths of a point lower, as measured by the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (effect size = -0.14), and acquired on average approximately two fewer credits (effect size = -0.43) than students from control sites after 1 year. There were no significant group differences associated with educational aspirations, achievement motivation, personal development, and institutional climate measures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Massachusetts; Nevada; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Wisconsin
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