Domestic Offsite Program; a community-based experience
The Cornell Prison Education Program is dedicated to supporting incarcerated persons’ academic ambitions and preparation for successful re-entry. We believe that Cornell faculty and student engagement as instructors at correctional facilities manifests Ezra Cornell’s commitment to founding an institution where “any person can find instruction in any study.” Their work supports a regional collaboration that brings together Cornell faculty and graduate students to teach a free college-level liberal arts curriculum to a select group of inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility and Cayuga Correctional Facility. The credits can be applied toward an associate’s degree from Cayuga Community College.
120 student volunteers are involved per year (60 undergraduates and 60 graduate students).
Travel Logistics and Checklists
- students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to/from the prison facilities
- Most students drive their own cars and CPEP helps to coordinate carpooling
- Reimbursement for travel is limited to the recovery of gas costs.
- faculty and staff are also responsible for making their own travel arrangements to/from the prison facilities
- Most employees drive their own cars and CPEP helps to coordinate carpooling
- Fulltime CPEP employees are provided with a $200/month travel allowance to compensate for this regular expense ($100/month for ½ time staff)
- No further reimbursement is provided, expect for special trips out of state
- CPEP is currently exploring more regular use of Cornell Fleet Services to support their transportation needs
HR and Staffing
- Student workers are allowed between 10-20 hrs/week during the semester and can earn up to $3500 for this period of service (which covered 5 hours/week of effort for CPEP).
- Non-Cornell employees who support CPEP as Adjunct Faculty from other NY colleges/universities are recruited through a Cornell-posted temporary staff position. Cornell HR supports this recruitment and hiring effort.
- health insurance information is not collected
Interview with Rob Scott, Director, Cornell Prison Education Program