Program Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cpe/
Contacts: E-mail the Academic Director and Program Manager (currently Kristen Inglis: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Program Description: Wesleyan’s CPE offers incarcerated men and women at Cheshire and York prisons the opportunity to take Wesleyan college courses for credit and earn an Associate’s degree in General Studies.
Degrees Offered: Associate’s degree, General Studies
Programs Offered: The program’s only goal is to offer a well-rounded curriculum aimed at introducing students to the widest possible range of disciplines and methodologies in the liberal arts. The program therefore offers a broad curricular sequence of Wesleyan courses in the humanities and the natural and social sciences, depending on what faculty choose to offer as courses.The program also offers a college prep program that is run by Wesleyan main campus student volunteers.
Unique Features: We keep records on student retention, grades, and re-entry outcomes.
Headquarters: Middletown, CT
Correctional Facilities Served: Cheshire Correctional, York Correctional
Population Served: Incarcerated Populations: maximum security men’s facility (Cheshire) & multi-level women’s facility (York). 100 Wesleyan undergraduates volunteer with CPE, either as writing tutors and teaching assistants at the prisons, or as CPE office interns on the Wesleyan campus.
Number of Students: 60 students total between the two facilities
Graduates to Date: The degree component was just added, so we do not currently have data to answer this question. All students in the program are matriculated as degree candidates. We hope to have our first graduation in 2017
Year Founded: 2009
Founders: Russell Perkins
College/University/Organization Partnerships: Wesleyan University
Funding: CPE is entirely financed through private funding, relying on individual giving as well as national and local grants.