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ERIC Number: EJ1185204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-0740-2708
College Admission Policies for Ex-Offender Students: A Literature Review
Custer, Bradley D.
Journal of Correctional Education, v67 n2 p35-43 Sep 2016
As student affairs administrators are increasingly scrutinized for their role in ensuring the safety of college campuses, a resulting trend has emerged. Admission policies that screen applicants based on prior felony convictions are employed as a risk management strategy to create a safer campus. This article is a review of the available research and case law concerning the purpose and trends of these special admission policies, their effectiveness, and their legal foundations. Findings illustrate that despite an increase in policy implementation, there is little evidence to support the effectiveness of these policies in improving campus safety; furthermore, their legal standing is uncertain. Correctional education professionals will benefit from an awareness and discussion of these trends in college admission practices in order to assist and advocate for transitioning ex-offenders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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