RESEARCH


The Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison

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 […]

What is the economic, employment and social impact of a Bachelors degree?

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 […]

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

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

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

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

What is higher education in prison? Introduction to Radical Departures: Ruminations on the Purposes of Higher Education in Prison.

What is higher education in prison? Introduction to Radical Departures: Ruminations on the Purposes of Higher Education in Prison. Castro, E. L. & Gould, M. R. (2018). Special volume for Critical Education, 9(10), 1-16. Read Now

The landscape of postsecondary education in U.S. Prisons. Research Brief.

The landscape of postsecondary education in U.S. Prisons. Research Brief. Salt Lake City, UT: Research Lab on Higher Education in Prison, University of Utah. Castro, E. L., Hunter, R., Hardison, T., Johnson-Ojeda, V., & Suzuki, H. (2018, June). Read Now

The landscape of postsecondary education in prison and the influence of Second Chance Pell: An analysis of transferability, credit-bearing status, and accreditation.

The landscape of postsecondary education in prison and the influence of Second Chance Pell: An analysis of transferability, credit-bearing status, and accreditation. Castro, E. L., Hunter, R.*, Hardison, T.*, & Johnson-Ojeda, V.* (2018). The Prison Journal, 98(4), 405-426. Read Now

Expanding quality higher education for currently and formerly incarcerated people: Committing to equity and protecting against exploitation.

Commissioned ASHE-NITE Report for The Association for the Study of Higher Education, The Institute for Transformation & Equity, & The Lumina Foundation. Castro, E. L. & Zamani-Gallaher, E. (2018). Read Now