Ashland University offers the longest continuously operating post-secondary correctional education program in the United States. Established in 1966 at the Ohio State Reformatory, the AU offerings now serve over 1,000 incarcerated students annually with college curriculum. The programs are offered to both male and female adult offenders in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), and male and female juvenile offenders in the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS). A recent emphasis has been placed on the development and delivery of “online” courses for the correctional programs which do not require live internet access – something prohibited in the correctional environment.
AU staff also serve as Editor of the Journal of Correctional Education, the only peer-reviewed academic journal in the field. Further, AU staff currently serve as board members and president of the Correctional Education Association, Steering Committee member of the RAND Corporation national study on correctional education funded by the US Department of Justice Second Chance grant and two other Second Chance grants currently under operation by AU.
Professional Development classes are offered for teachers and staff working in the correctional field through a partnership with the Correctional Education Association.