Solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement
The University of Utah Prison Education Project adamantly condemns the anti-Black violence that has added the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmed Arbery to the list of Black individuals who have been murdered by law enforcement and white supremacists. We stand in solidarity, love, and care for local and national Black communities, and join people from around the world in shared grief and rage. Read more...
Through a commitment to social transformation, UPEP advances educational equity through on-site higher education, empirical research, and advocacy.
UPEP seeks to be a local, regional, and national leader in forging sustainable and mutually-beneficial prison-university partnerships that provide high quality and meaningful postsecondary opportunities for incarcerated people.
Ways to Give
At this time, UPEP is a non-credit program. We are actively fundraising to cover costs associated with enrollment. All costs associated with attendance are covered by the Project. Incarcerated students are not asked to financially pay for participation in UPEP.
WHY HIGHER EDUCATION IN PRISON?
Less than 5% of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the U.S. have access to quality higher education. UPEP is working to change this reality. Check out our upcoming events and latest news here!
Leveraging the Power of Pell in Prison: Equity Challenges in Scaling the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative
Tuesday February 23, 2021
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The Landscape of Postsecondary Education in U.S. Prisons, 2019
Wednesday November 20, 2019
Title: The Landscape of Postsecondary Education in U.S. Prisons, 2019. Description: The landscape of postsecondary education in U.S. Prisons, 2019. Research Brief. Salt Lake City, UT: Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison, University of Utah. Castro, E. L., Padilla, E. A., & Royer, C. E. (2019, Nov.)Read More
The Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison
Friday September 20, 2019
The Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison is part of the University of Utah Prison Education Project, a multi pronged approach to expand the field of quality higher education in prison. We work in collaboration with programs across the country to transform the landscape of higher education in prison through empirical research and collaboration […]Read More
What is the economic, employment and social impact of a Bachelors degree?
Thursday July 11, 2019
INCREASED EMPLOYMENT RATE It is easier for college graduates to find and hold jobs. The unemployment rate for college graduates was half the unemployment level of those with only high school diplomas. The 2012 unemployment rate for four-year college graduates ages 25-34 was 7.1% below that for high school graduates. Within their jobs, college graduates […]Read More