About Us

Ex-convict students face an array of unique challenges to academic success.  At the same time, those charged with guiding these students through the undergraduate or graduate college/university environment, face a serious lack of resource material to draw on in their efforts to help such students find their way.

Our concern about these precedents was underscored by personal experience, and the idea for this project was born.  Identify common obstacles to success, and create an accessible, centralized, resource for ex-convict-students, their families, and those advising them.  Using our relevant backgrounds as a guide; both graduate advisor to former prisoner students; Dr. Donna Selman-Killingbeck, and ex-convict graduate student, Ben Wilcox; we set out to address the profound need for advisory resources in this area, and fill the void. 

In January of 2008 we sent out a survey from Eastern Michigan University, designed by Dr. Selman, consisting of four questions to provide direction to our inquiry.  The aim was to draw on the experiences of faculty and students to determine the specific needs of former prisoner students and those involved with their advisement. The response was encouraging, and the goal remains to provide a national resource model, from which this, and similar resources can grow.     

Advisors and former prisoner students will make use of those resources which their own experience, particular universities/colleges/schools, and communities make available.  To enable academic, and ultimately, life success, the idea is to support and supplement already established resources.  In that light we have, hopefully, anticipated many of the needs shared by ex-convict students (as well as many non- students) and their families. 

Many thanks to all who supported this endeavor at every level. We are especially grateful to our Web-design team of Natalie Morin, and James Mack. Without the dedicated efforts of these two EMU Criminology students, this resource would not have been possible.

No apologies for what has been overlooked.  Point out to us what works, what doesn’t, and what is missing, and we will sincerely and thoroughly consider changes.