Program Website: https://www.ohio.edu/ecampus/print/correctional/
Ken Armstrong, Director of Independent Study (email@example.com, 740-593-2910)
Haning Hall 222, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701
Program Description: Since 1974, the College Program for the Incarcerated (CPI) has provided incarcerated men and women with courses and degree opportunities to further their educational goals. Ohio University seeks to meet the diverse needs of incarcerated distance learners. Through CPI, both associates and bachelors degrees are available. Each student is assigned an academic advisor to assist in successfully planning a degree program.
Although CPI cannot offer financial aid to incarcerated students, or the option of partial payments, a significant discount through the Comprehensive Fee Plan is offered. Some students may qualify for VA benefits. Ohio University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College Program for the Incarcerated is administered by the Office of Independent Study.
Degrees Offered: Associates in Arts, Science, Applied Business, and Individualized Studies; Bachelor of Specialized Studies
Programs Offered: Two study formats are currently available for CPI students: Correspondence Courses and Course Credit by Examination. The content of the Correspondence Course is divided into lessons to guide the student’s learning. The content is presented in a course guide. The assignments submitted at the end of each lesson allow the student and the instructor to interact exclusively through the mail. For the Course Credit by Examination, a single comprehensive examination determines the course grade. There is no contact with an instructor, no feedback, and there are no lessons. This method of earning credit is only recommended for students who already have close familiarity with the content of the course and with Ohio University distance learning courses.
Unique Features: N/A
Correctional Facilities Served: Mainly 4 prisons: Rush City, Moose Lake, Lino Lakes, and St. Cloud. St. Cloud University (Minneapolis, MN) has on-site classes, while the others mainly correspond
Population Served: People who are incarcerated
Number of Students: N/A
Graduates to Date: N/A
Year Founded: 1974
College/University/Organization Partnerships: Ohio University
Funding: Resources are limited to private, charitable institutions such as churches and community groups, which students may write to ask for help with tuition costs. Family members support enrollments for a significant number of students. While there is no financial aid directly available from Ohio University, the Comprehensive Fees exclusive to CPI students significantly reduce the cost of enrolling in two or more correspondence courses.