Request for Concepts: Optimizing Higher Education in Prison
Higher education in prison (HEP) has recently emerged as a significant focus area in our funding strategy. In 2016, we commissioned a HEP landscape scan, and we subsequently made several exploration grants in the field. After listening to partners and learning more about existing programs and the common challenges they face, we recognized that many offerings and support services are insufficient and disjointed. It has become clear to us that additional research and improvements in HEP delivery strategies are needed in order to help more incarcerated learners succeed.
To address that need, we’re launching “Optimizing Delivery Systems for Higher Education in Prison: Postsecondary Pathways for Re-entry Transition,” an initiative to support the development and expansion of high-quality prison-based postsecondary education programs. The goal of this initiative is not to support the growth or development of individual programs. Our aim is to support efforts that can help us—and the field—learn what it takes to build the relationships and infrastructure necessary for the kind of systemic improvement, both academic and operational, that can be replicated and scaled.
We’re excited to announce a Request for Concepts from HEP providers interested in partnering with us on this initiative. We are accepting Letters of Interest (LOIs) through August 1, 2019. Please read the Request for Concepts for full details and eligibility information. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your HEP programs! Know someone else who should hear about this opportunity? Please forward this newsletter or a link to the Request for Concepts.
We are conducting a webinar on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. CDT to share more about this initiative and answer your questions.