Monday, March 2, 2015
Ford Foundation Backs New Associate's Degree Program at New York State Prison
Backed by a $500,000 Ford Foundation grant, NYU's new program began this semester and can lead to an associate's degree.
According to the university, credits earned at the medium-security prison in liberal arts, or future introductory courses from its professional schools, can apply later in continuing studies at NYU or transferred to other colleges.
"By expanding access to a university education to incarcerated students, the NYU Prison Education Program aims to help redress inequities that result from the fact that the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world — over two million — the great majority of whom are poor, African-American, and Latino," said Nikhil Pal Singh, professor in NYU's Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and faculty director of the program....