Virginia offers state prisoners college credit

In a welcome move, Governor Terry McAuliffe is making Virginia the only state to offer state prisoners college credit for five career and technical education courses recommended by ACE CREDIT­ – the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher

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Should We Let More Prisoners Take College Classes?

By Andrea Brody Earlier this month, an editorial was published in the New York Times from an unusual source. The writer was John J. Lennon, an inmate at Attica Correctional Facility in New York, who’s currently serving 28 years to life sentence for drug dealing and murder he committed in 2001. He is one of 23

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A College Education for Prisoners

To the Editor: “Help Us Learn in Prison,” by John J. Lennon, an Attica inmate (Sunday Review, April 5), urging that prisoners be offered college courses, hit me like a ton of bricks. That was me in the early 1990s, in my cell, believing that I was destined to sell drugs on the corner, with

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Update: Ohio University’s Print Degree Programs

Ms. Kristi Large was kind enough to contact with the following information about Ohio University’s distance education programs. I am writing from Ohio University eLearning. We are the department that handles online and distance education at Ohio University. I’d like to give you an updated link to use on your Programs for Prisoners page when you

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Tayba Foundation Offers Correspondence Courses

By Sajad Shakoor The Tayba Foundation offers a correspondence program for prisoners desiring to study the Islamic sciences. On the website, Tayba Foundation lists over 20 courses complete with texts, supplementary ready materials, quizzes, essay prompts, and accompanying CD commentaries and/or DVD’s. All of it is in a semester format convenient to students. Currently, the Tayba Foundation has about 400 students

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Prison Book Restriction Harms 'Studying'

By Katherine Sellgren / BBC News  Image courtesy Inmates are allowed 12 books in their cell but new privileges regulations, introduced last year, stopped them receiving parcels, including books. The Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) is urging ministers to improve access to books and materials to assist learning. Prisons minister Andrew Selous said he was

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What is Distance Learning?

By Christopher Zoukis  Image courtesy / Distance Learning Image

Distance learning refers to any type of learning that is conducted via a distance, regardless of how the course materials are conveyed.  Many groups can benefit from these sorts of courses.  Such programs can make education accessible to immobilized groups, they can help accelerate existing studies, and they can also allow busy professionals to learn something new in their spare time.  Distance education is a blessing to many diverse groups; the students just have to understand how it works and how to best engage in such studies.

What are the Different Types of Distance Learning?

Distance learning is just as diverse and expansive as traditional in-classroom education.  At the highest levels of study, students can earn graduate and undergraduate college degrees.  High school diploma and career training programs are also a mainstay in this industry.  So, too, are both free and fee-based Bible studies.

Prisoners are one of the major groups that thrive on distance learning since this is often their only mechanism to further an education beyond earning a GED in a prison’s education department.  Incarcerated students often engage in correspondence paralegal courses, writing courses, and even courses on how to become a veterinarian assistant.  The same is true with those outside of prison.

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Distance Learning: Rhema Bible College

Master the Word of God with Home Study that is Flexible and Affordable.

The Word of God is full of truth about unconditional love, overflowing joy, and perfect peace. But if you don’t know these Bible truths, chances are you’re not enjoying their benefits. RHEMA Correspondence Bible School can help! RCBS is a non-accredited home Bible study course that is designed with you in mind. This study program allows you the flexibility of paying for one lesson at a time and you may complete the lessons at your own pace. You will receive a certificate of completion for each completed study unit and a RHEMA Correspondence Bible School diploma upon completion of all six units. Enroll and pay online, and take a giant first step toward learning The Word.  Image courtesy

Enroll anytime; choose your topic of study; study at your own pace!


Pay as you go – only $25 per lesson!*
(* US Residents rate. Foreign rates are listed on the application form.)

About RCBS


The RCBS study program allows you to pay for one lesson at a time and to complete lessons at your own pace.

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Distance Learning: Durham College

Image courtesy durhamlords.comCorrespondence

Learn from home, from work, or in our labs and create your own study schedule at your own pace. Our correspondence courses are offered on a monthly intake basis and your study kit will be mailed at this time. You have 14 weeks from the start date of your course to complete.

Correspondence course information

  • Register by phone, fax, mail or in-person for the course of your choice. Be sure to use the course codes listed.
  • Your study kit will be couriered to your home from the School of Continuing Education prior to the course’s start date.
  • Course fee includes a $25 supply cost (non-tax deductible).
  • If your course uses a textbook (the title and ISBN number are listed in your study kit), the text can be purchased from the Campus Bookstore. It is not included in the price of the course. You may contact the bookstore at 905.721.3026 and request that your textbook be couriered to you at an additional cost to you.
  • You are assigned an instructor and are provided with the instructor’s fax and/or telephone numbers for consultation.
  • Assignments are to be mailed or faxed to the Continuing Education office at the Oshawa campus for your instructor to receive and mark. Self-addressed, stamped envelopes are included in your study kit for your convenience.
  • Any student-initiated refunds will be subject to a $30 cancellation fee if you withdraw within two weeks of the official start date of your course. After this time no refund will be issued.
  • If you are intending to pursue a college diploma using any of the listed credit courses, please ensure that you have the required prerequisite. You may be asked to provide official transcripts and/or course outlines as proof.
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Sam Houston State University

Image courtesy dallasvoice.comThrough the Correspondence Course Division, Sam Houston State University provides the opportunity for qualified individuals to obtain college credit through correspodence course study.

Correspondence courses offer a challenging and rewarding opportunity to earn credit for college courses without attending an organized class. Students may study at their own rate and at the time and place of their choosing. This service has been proven highly beneficial for those who desire to continue their college work, to teachers who wish to take courses leading to additional certification or who are in need of additional study in the disciplines they teach, and to citizens who wish to broaden their learning.

Unless otherwise specified, each correspondence course carries three semester hours of college credit and includes an amount of work similar to that required for a course taken in residence.

Correspondence courses are not offered at the graduate level, nor can any correspondence course taken at any level or at any institution count toward a graduate degree at Sam Houston State University.

“Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404.679.4501) to award bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees.”


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