Prison Education: The Christian College and University Approach
In the last decade Christian colleges have launched numerous programs to educate incarcerated students. This workshop will begin with presentations by four colleges that have strong prison education initiatives-Ashland University, Calvin College, Nyack College and Wheaton College-and a non-profit agency facilitating college programs in prisons-Hudson Link. Presenters will describe their programs as well describing how their programs got started. In addition, the college representatives will discuss the ways in which their prison education initiatives are uniquely Christian. During the Q&A portion of the workshop attendees will have an opportunity to present their programs or plans for educating incarcerated students. The workshop will include roundtable discussions of best practices in program development, partnership with corrections departments and non-profits, teaching and learning and the use of technology in prison education.
Moderator: David Turk, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Nyack College
Presenters: Cynthia Dorsey, Adjunct Professor, Nyack College, Todd Marshall, Associate Provost for the College of Online and Adult Studies, Ashland University, Sean Pica, Executive Director, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, David M. Rylaarsdam, Professor of the History of Christianity and Worship, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Karen Swanson, Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries, Wheaton College