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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Eligibility & 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 Religion Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication 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

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.

Eligibility & Degree Information

Eligibility & 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 Religion Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication 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

Ashland University's Correctional Education Program

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.

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Ashland University’s Correctional Education Program Fast Facts:

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PROGRAM COSTS

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!

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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PROFESSOR INTERACTION

Students are able to interact with professors using their tablet or Chromebook and the secure Learning Management System (LMS).

 
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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.

 
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ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

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/ Religion Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication w/ Sociology Minor
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies w/ Science & Professional Practicum Concentrations
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies

PROGRAM 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
    • Enough time remaining on sentence (minimum 6-12 months) to complete first term
    • Within 10 years of earliest possible release or release consideration date
    • 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