Developing Metrics to Promote Student Success in Prison Higher Education
Higher education programs in prison usually define success by reduced recidivism rates. But giving incarcerated students opportunities for a better life could go beyond helping them avoid returning to prison. With the right tools, practitioners could build stronger programs designed to help students stay on the path to success and make the experience of higher education a more transformative one.
To help more incarcerated students succeed, we made a $1.7 million grant to the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) to support development of a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) specifically suited to higher education in prison. The KPIs will be designed to measure performance, efficiency and equity.
IHEP is well-suited to lead this effort because they have previously developed KPIs for the traditional college field, and they have a long history of research and advocacy for underserved students, including the prison population.
IHEP will assemble an advisory board of experts with diverse perspectives to guide the project, and two pilot programs in Iowa and Indiana will field test the KPIs. After testing, IHEP will share a refined set of KPIs with the field. We hope that with these new tools, practitioners will be able to better gauge the effectiveness of their programs and ultimately help more incarcerated students achieve their higher education goals. Read more