Cornell Prison Education Program

Short Description

This program offers classes leading to an associate's degree for men incarcerated in area prisons.


Begun under the auspices of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (which continues to register the students each term), the Cornell Prison Education Program provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to an Associate of Arts degree for men incarcerated at two area correctional facilities. Cornell faculty and doctoral students serve as instructors for all courses, and a community college accredits the degree conferred upon eligible prisoners. Now in its 10th year, the program offers courses in economics; constitutional law and individual rights; creative writing; genetics; medical anthropology; international human rights; writing; math; and Asian meditation. It strives to impart academic skills and modes of critical analysis that will help prisoners negotiate some of the tensions that shape their everyday existence; expand their personal horizons; structure professional ambitions; and prepare them to join the workforce as informed citizens.

Contact Information


(607) 255-2852

Mailing Address

  • McGraw Hall, Room 101
  • Ithaca, NY 14853


Program Details


  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


  • Office of Land Grant Affairs


  • School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Information For

  • Beyond high school


  • Workforce Development
  • Community Development
  • Learning and Teaching: In School and Out

Types of Programs

  • Training and Professional Development

Service Area

  • Central New York Region
  • Finger Lakes Region

Service Providers

  • Graduate students
  • Faculty

Fee Structure

This program does not have a fee.

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