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PRISON EDUCATION PROJECT

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

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Mission


Through a commitment to social transformation, UPEP advances educational equity through on-site higher education, empirical research, and advocacy.

01 HIGHER EDUCATION:

UPEP provides on-site college curriculum to two groups of students incarcerated in the Utah State Prison in Draper.

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02 RESEARCH:

The Research Collaborative on Higher Education examines postsecondary education in prisons throughout the U.S.

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03 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.

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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.

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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. The University of Utah is working to change this reality. Join us!

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Research

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 […]

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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 […]

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Why we should be critical of critical pedagogy in prison classrooms: A conversation between an incarcerated student and non-incarcerated teacher.

Thursday July 11, 2019

Why we should be critical of critical pedagogy in prison classrooms: A conversation between an incarcerated student and non-incarcerated teacher. Castro, E. L. & Brawn, M*. (2017). Harvard Educational Review, 87(1), 99-121 Read Now

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Thoughts on racism, the language of reduced recidivism, and college-in-prison: Toward an anti-racist praxis.

Thursday July 11, 2019

Thoughts on racism, the language of reduced recidivism, and college-in-prison: Toward an anti-racist praxis. Castro, E. L. (2018). Critical Education, 9(17), 1-14. Read Now

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