The Transformative Effects of Prison Education
Most college presidents don’t go to prison, but going to prison is often the highlight of my year.
When I confer diplomas at the Nyack College commencement ceremony that takes place at Fishkill Correctional Facility, I know lives are being changed -- and not just those of the incarcerated students receiving their degrees. One of our graduates told me at commencement, “I’m not earning this degree just to make myself a better person. I want to put this diploma on the wall and tell my grandchildren, ‘If I can do this, you can do it too!’”
Originally published: December 19, 2018
Author: Michael G. Scales
Institution: Nyack College
Published by: Inside Higher Ed