Access, Success, and Challenges in College-In-Prison Programs within The State University of New York

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This report from the State University of New York (SUNY) Higher Education for the Justice-Involved (HEJI) program links administrative data collected by SUNY and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) between 2010 and 2020 to reveal student engagement and outcomes in SUNY-involved college-in-prison programs.

This report is one part of a SUNY initiative to expand and improve its services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in New York. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SUNY System Administration is working with its campuses to build a supportive community of college-in-prison programs, develop resources to strengthen the programs, ease pathways for formerly incarcerated students to continue
their education, and create a data system that reveals key features of the programs and their performance. 

The research component of the initiative also includes interviews with college administrators, faculty, and formerly incarcerated students to understand how students view college-in-prison programs, the challenges colleges face in implementing their programs, including during the pandemic, and the ways SUNY can better support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. Although this report includes references to some interviews, forthcoming reports will offer a more complete summary of those findings.