Accreditation

MIT is holding an event to gather professors, students, policy makers, and members of the business community to discuss equitable hiring practices and the barriers that individuals from marginalized communities face in socioeconomic, professional arenas. This event is to discuss and improve public support for second chance hiring practices for formerly incarcerated individuals and will be featuring the story of Daniel Dart, MIT's first formerly incarcerated student at the Sloan School of Business. 

The purpose of this fact sheet is to outline the Department of Education’s requirements that will
be effective on July 1, 2023 at 34 CFR 668 Subpart P for nationally recognized institutional
accrediting agencies (agencies) for its accredited institutions to establish eligibility of a prison
education program (PEP).

In collaboration with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Vera Institute of Justice created this guidebook for accreditors and their peer reviewers, providing insight into the unique context and goals of postsecondary education in correctional facilities.

Ithaka S+R’s letter to the Department of Education outlines their concerns and provides recommendations that would help ensure that people who are incarcerated in the United States are provided the opportunity to participate in and benefit from a quality education.