Contact Us

For inquiries about your student:
Denise Justice
419.289.5732
djustic2@ashland.edu

For inquiries about our program:
Gary Pember
419.207.6263
cep-outreach@ashland.edu

For all other inquiries:
419.207.6922
au-cep@ashland.edu

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Admission & Degree Information

Current Degree Options

  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies w/ Business Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Business Administration Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Business Management Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Business Religion Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Business Sociology Minor
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies w/ Science & Professional Practicum Concentrations
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies

Admissions Requirements

  • Ashland University Admissions Requirements as indicated in the Academic Catalog
  • Pell eligibilty, willingness to self-pay or funding secured elsewhere
  • Not enrolled in any other Pell-funded program
  • Must have enough time remaining on sentence (minimum 6-12 months) to complete first term
  • Satisfactory disciplinary record (based on facility policy)
  • Acceptable competency-based assessment TABE/CASAS/etc. score
  • Sentence “good time” credit may be available as part of program participation/completion

History

A Rich History

Ashland University has for more than a half century offered college programming to incarcerated individuals, beginning with the Ohio State Reformatory and continuing today in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

More than 130 full- and part-time Correctional Education Program staff members are passionate about the work they do and the opportunity they have to help change hearts and minds.  They want to provide a transformative learning experience that will help reduce recidivism and make students better individuals, family members and global citizens. We believe our program provides an unmatched opportunity to educate offenders both while they are inside and when they get out.

Evolution of Correctional Education

Early Years (1964-1994)

Photo of Ohio State Reformatory
  • Started in 1964 (longest continually running program in the U.S.)
  • Ohio State Reformatory (Mansfield) - Shawshank location
  • Bachelors and Associate Degrees (face-to-face)
  • Utilized Pell funding

Post Pell (1994-2015)

Female inmates in classroom
  • Advanced Job Training (AJT) Certificates - funded by the State of Ohio
  • Seven AJT Certificate Programs
  • No degrees, not humanities courses (face-to-face)

Present (2016-present)

Rayburn inmates studying in library
  • Pell ESI approval in 2016
  • Over 75 program locations and over 3,500 students (BOT)
  • Serving: Arkansas, Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, West Virginia
  • Serving more post-secondary students in correctional education than any other college or university in the U.S.
  • Associates and Bachelors degrees (distance education on tablets)

Contact Us

Contact Us

For inquiries about your student:
Denise Justice
419.289.5732
djustic2@ashland.edu

For inquiries about our program:
Gary Pember
419.207.6263
cep-outreach@ashland.edu

For all other inquiries:
419.207.6922
au-cep@ashland.edu

Want more info?

Want more info?

Request Info

Request Info

Use the form below to request additional information about Ashland University's Correctional Education program.

(optional) Provide any additional questions or information.

Admission & Degree Information

Admission & Degree Information

Current Degree Options

  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies w/ Business Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Business Administration Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Business Management Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Business Religion Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Business Sociology Minor
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies w/ Science & Professional Practicum Concentrations
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies

Admissions Requirements

  • Ashland University Admissions Requirements as indicated in the Academic Catalog
  • Pell eligibilty, willingness to self-pay or funding secured elsewhere
  • Not enrolled in any other Pell-funded program
  • Must have enough time remaining on sentence (minimum 6-12 months) to complete first term
  • Satisfactory disciplinary record (based on facility policy)
  • Acceptable competency-based assessment TABE/CASAS/etc. score
  • Sentence “good time” credit may be available as part of program participation/completion

History

History

A Rich History

Ashland University has for more than a half century offered college programming to incarcerated individuals, beginning with the Ohio State Reformatory and continuing today in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

More than 130 full- and part-time Correctional Education Program staff members are passionate about the work they do and the opportunity they have to help change hearts and minds.  They want to provide a transformative learning experience that will help reduce recidivism and make students better individuals, family members and global citizens. We believe our program provides an unmatched opportunity to educate offenders both while they are inside and when they get out.

Evolution of Correctional Education

Early Years (1964-1994)

Photo of Ohio State Reformatory
  • Started in 1964 (longest continually running program in the U.S.)
  • Ohio State Reformatory (Mansfield) - Shawshank location
  • Bachelors and Associate Degrees (face-to-face)
  • Utilized Pell funding

Post Pell (1994-2015)

Female inmates in classroom
  • Advanced Job Training (AJT) Certificates - funded by the State of Ohio
  • Seven AJT Certificate Programs
  • No degrees, not humanities courses (face-to-face)

Present (2016-present)

Rayburn inmates studying in library
  • Pell ESI approval in 2016
  • Over 75 program locations and over 3,500 students (BOT)
  • Serving: Arkansas, Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, West Virginia
  • Serving more post-secondary students in correctional education than any other college or university in the U.S.
  • Associates and Bachelors degrees (distance education on tablets)

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Ashland University Correctional Education program is blessed to partner with leading state DOCs and local jails to deliver a transformative educational experience that brings hope and positively influence the lives of students in the correctional environment. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve these students and recognize that none of this would be possible without the continued and unfailing support of our students, their families, DOC & Jail partners, and our staff.

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Our Mission

We believe in Second Chances: Transforming lives through correctional education.
Ashland University Correctional Education graduates

Our Vision

We aspire to develop the whole person academically, spiritually, morally, so the student can actively live and work in our global society.
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Our Core Values

  • Affordable
  • Service-Oriented
  • Accent on the Individual
  • Quality Education
  • A Proud Legacy
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Correctional Education Reentry

Did you participate in AU's program on the "inside" and now doing so after having been released? Check out the tools and resources we have available to aid in your success.
Correctional Education Staff

Staff

Dedicated individuals, in service across the country, committed to challenging and supporting students as they strive to achieve their educational goals.
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Fast Facts

Over 750 Graduates in Four Years
Bachelor's degree commpleted in 10 semesters
 Certificate Programs, Associate Degree in General Studies, Bachelor's Degree (Several Options)
Serving ten states and Washington, D.C.
56 years of experience in correctional education
Over 3000 students

Locations

The below map shows the states where Ashland University's Correctional Education Program is operating inside facilities.

Map of states where Ashland University's Correctional Education Program is operating.

Ashland University is a proud sponsor of the Journal of Correctional Education

The Journal of Correctional Education, published and edited by Ashland University, is the foremost publication of the Correctional Education Association (CEA).  The Journal is published on a quarterly basis and is provided as a membership benefit by CEA (click here for CEA membership information).  The Journal serves as a resource for:

  1. Academic research in correctional education
  2. Current issues/legislative updates in correctional educations
  3. Best practices for correctional educators