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Ashland University offers the longest, continuously operating, post-secondary correctional education program in the United States. Established in 1964 at the Ohio State Reformatory, the AU offerings now serve over 3,000 incarcerated students each semester with college curriculum. The programs are offered to both male and female adult offenders in ten states and the District of Columbia. Please enjoy this short video that provides an overview of the work we do.
Ashland University provides a top-tier education for incarcerated students within correctional facilities. Thanks to federal Pell Grant monies, correctional facilities may offer incarcerated individuals the ability to gain an education at no cost to the student or facility!
DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH SECURE TECHNOLOGY
Students participate in courses and communicate with professors virtually via distance learning and a world-class learning management system (LMS) as robust as a traditional online learning environment but customized for the correctional setting. The LMS can be scaled to multiple sites and works on the devices of technology vendors like JPay/Securus, ATLO, American Prison Data Systems (APDS) and others.
MULTIPLE PROGRAM OPTIONS
Students can choose their own academic path, either a two-year associates degree or a four-year (or less) bachelor's degree. And because Ashland University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the credits students earn while enrolled in our program are transferable to other colleges and universities around the country.
Students are able to interact with professors using their tablet or Chromebook and the secure Learning Management System (LMS).
FLEXIBLE AND INDIVIDUALIZED SCHEDULES
With virtual classrooms and a tablet or Chromebook-based learning environment, students are able to watch videos, complete assignments and take tests on their own time within the structure of each semester.
Courses have the same academic rigor as our on-campus and traditional online courses and are offered in three 12-week semesters with courses broken down into 12 one-week modules. Every student has access to a digital library, reference materials, and a full time digital reference librarian who can provide academic resources to help students meet the expected level of academic rigor. All materials provided are appropriate for viewing in a correctional environment. AU STAFF MEMBER ON-SITE We provide an on-site director for each facility. This allows students to have face-to-face interaction with a university employee who will help throughout the educational process.
CONTINUE AFTER RELEASE OPTIONS
Once released, students are encouraged to continue their educations and complete their degrees through AU's online re-entry program. Released students who remain Pell-eligible are able to complete their degree without financial responsibilities for tuition or fees. Qualified students interested in participating must apply to the program within one year of their release date.
COLLABORATION WITH OTHER COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
AU partners with other colleges so that incarcerated persons earning an associate’s degree at one school can continue on to study for a bachelor’s degree with us. We also serve as a best practices resource to those interested in creating correctional education programs.