5 Steps to Enrolling in College from Prison

By Christopher Zoukis  Image courtesy prisoneducation.com

Enrolling in college from prison is no easy task.  There is the bureaucratic red tape to overcome, an endemic culture of failure, and prison staff members who are more interested in punching a clock than engaging in any form of actual work.  But fear not, with persistence, dedication, and a bit of planning, a college education obtained while in prison is possible.

This article presents the five essential steps to enrolling in college from prison.  By following these steps, any incarcerated students can learn their prison’s regulations concerning correspondence education, locate quality correspondence programs, obtain authorization to enroll in the courses, and order their first set of college courses.

Step One: Review Prison’s Applicable Policies and Regulations

The first step when engaging in any type of major project is to learn the rules, policies, and procedures surrounding it.  This is doubly so in prison, where regulations strictly dictate what is permitted within the confines of the correctional facility, and when breaking these rules and regulations can have very serious, life-altering consequences.

Unfortunately for inmates, there is no clear-cut way of learning what the policies and procedures are for enrolling in college from prison.  Generally speaking, a lack of information is the rule.  With this in mind, the inmate should go to their law library (if their correctional facility has one) and search for any regulations or program statements (sometimes called “policy statements”) on correspondence programs and college correspondence courses (sometimes called “post-secondary correctional education courses”).  In prison systems like the Federal Bureau of Prisons, every facility has an electronic law library where this information can be easily obtained.  In prison systems that lack law libraries, the inmate should approach education staff and inquire about any policies and procedures concerning correspondence programs.

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Distance Learning: Central Baptist College

Correspondence Program


The Correspondence Department provides directed study opportunities for students whose responsibilities prohibit their being enrolled for regular classes on campus.  Image courtesy degreedriven.com
 
Students who are considering a correspondence course option should realize that self-discipline is required. Students must set aside time for study. Correspondence courses seek to develop individual study techniques that will continue to be a source of enrichment for the student.
 

Helpful Links:

Enrollment Information
Correspondence Courses 
 
About the Correspondence Program

Many of the courses have been developed by our faculty, and some have been prepared by the International Correspondence Institute. All courses are reviewed and graded by our faculty.
 
The material for each course varies.   Course material consists of one or more of the following items: lessons, study guide, textbook, student packet, progress evaluations, or audio cassettes.
 
The final exam is sent separately to an approved proctor. It is a major portion of the grade in most courses.

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Distance Learning: Middle Tennessee State University

Correspondence

Correspondence courses involve individual, independent instruction of a student by an instructor on a one-to-one basis. Typically, this will entail study at home, as well as the exchange of materials and evaluations through a mail/courier sImage courtesy www.nashvillescene.comervice. Interaction and feedback between correspondence course faculty and students take the forms of written assignments, testing, evaluations, guidance, and assistance via such media as D2L, print/written word, telephone, fax, e-mail, and other electronic technologies. Computer access and/or a proctored exam will be required as determined by your correspondence instructor. A student must be self-motivated and self-disciplined to successfully complete a correspondence course.

Correspondence courses follow the university Academic Calendar and Tuition and Fees Schedule. University admissions procedures must be followed before registering for these and other distance learning courses. An Admissions application may be completed online and, upon admittance to the university, students may register for courses online via Pipeline.

Course Materials

The links below are to the materials for your course. (If you choose to use this electronic version you do not need to purchase the printed version of the packet but you still need to purchase your textbooks*.) You may choose to print this material from home or a University computer lab or simply save the file on your computer desktop and access it as needed (no printing).

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Distance Learning: Brigham Young University

BYU Independent Study  Image courtesy seriousseats.com

Our Paper courses (by mail) are our traditional, self-paced correspondence courses; students may receive and submit all material through the mail. Take this course anywhere; students who are traveling, in a remote location, or are institutionally bound are not limited by a need for Internet and computer access.

A course packet is mailed to you and contains everything needed to complete the course by mail including; the syllabus, course readings, non-graded self-check assignments, and computer-graded assignments with bubble sheets. Students can submit computer-graded (Speedback) assignments online or by mailing the completed bubble sheet. Students have the option of submitting instructor-graded assignments by e-mail, fax, or mail. Exams are administered by a certified proctor or testing center. Student support is available by phone, e-mail, and live chat. Students can also request free tutoring support.

This is best for students who:

  • Have no internet access
  • Prefer hard-copy assignments
  • Are not in a rush to complete the course
  • Do NOT have a counselor or parent that wants to closely follow their progress
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Distance Learning: CSU-Pueblo

INDEPENDENT STUDY  Image courtesy www.colostate-pueblo.edu

Welcome to Colorado State University Pueblo’s Continuing Education Independent Study and External Degree Completion program.  We are committed to extending some of the best correspondence courses and degree completion programs our University offers to thousands of academically engaged students like you, all over the world, through distance learning.

Our three baccalaureate degree completion programs in Sociology, Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology, and Social Science can be delivered any time and any place according to your individual learning needs.  Every one of our 100+ courses, together with our world-class faculty, will help you achieve your higher education goals.
 
By taking just a single course that may transfer to your degree program at another college or university, or taking many courses to earn your degree with us, you will be partnering with a fully accredited regional comprehensive public university that is committed to your success.

Join us today and share our University’s values of being accountable, promoting civic responsibility, employing a customer focus, promoting freedom of expression, demonstrating inclusiveness and diversity, encouraging and renewing innovation, acting with ingenuity and mutual respect, providing opportunity and access, and supporting excellence in teaching, research and service.

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Distance Learning: University of North Carolina

Photo courtesy natcom.orgThrough Self-paced Courses, part-time students can earn college credit by taking correspondence or online courses at their own pace. All courses are taught from a distance—no class attendance is required. The courses can be started at any time and are not tied to a semester schedule. Students have nine months to complete the course work.

The institutions offering courses are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All courses have been approved by the department offering the course. Courses originate and credit is granted from eight institutions in the University of North Carolina system:

  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Western Carolina University
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Distance Learning: University of Nevada – Reno

Online and Independent Learning!

 . . . and other Extended Studies programs that help make the University of Nevada, Reno a Campus for all Seasons!
 
By offering Online and Independent Learning, Wintermester, Summer Session, Late Start and Weekend Classes and Summer Freshman Start
 
➤ Our challenge is to give students as many opportunities as possible to take University of Nevada, Reno classes.
 
➤ Our mission is to deliver high-quality education in a variety of formats throughout each year.
 
➤ Our goal is to achieve this mission by ensuring that students are highly satisfied with their learning experience in every class, in every term, in whichever format they choose.

Three ways to study!  Image courtesy www.washoe.k12.nv.us

Semester-based online courses — available for registration and completion during a particular semester each year (Fall, Spring or Summer), and delivered via online instruction. Students submit coursework via WebCampus.
 
Open-enrollment online courses — self paced and available for registration and completion anytime throughout the year; delivered via online instruction. Students submit coursework via WebCampus.
 
Open-enrollment print-based courses — self paced and available for registration and completion anytime throughout the year; delivered via printed syllabus and course materials. Students submit coursework via mail, email or fax.

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Distance Learning for Inmates: California Pacific University

Image courtesy cpu.eduCPU’s programs are structured around courses designed to build a body of knowledge, one course built upon the other, much the way a staircase works one step at a time to get you from the first floor of a

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Distance Learning: Blackstone Career Institute

Image courtesy www.directlearningsystems.com Founded in 1890, Blackstone Career Institute is one of the oldest distance learning schools in the U.S.  Over 125,000 people have changed their lives by taking a course with Blackstone. We have a long history of providing

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Distance Learning for Inmates: Adams State University

Image courtesy en.wikipedia.org Prison College Program Welcome to the Adams State University Prison College Program. Here you will find information about what Adams State University can offer to incarcerated individuals. At Adams State University we know how important education is to all individuals, especially for those

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