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As a first-time attendee of the Open Education Conference, I was not entirely sure what to expect. This year’s unique virtual format and a higher education landscape burdened by the pandemic made me even more apprehensive. But any concerns I had were swiftly allayed by the breadth of insight presented and the emphasis on both equity and accessibility throughout the schedule.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing reflections from our scholarship recipients on their experiences at this year’s Open Education Conference. Today we are featuring Maria Guzman, an art history faculty from the College of Alameda.
Higher education in prison (HEP) programs have grown significantly since 2015. Five years ago, not a single California community college offered face-to-face teaching in prison. Today, 34 out of 35 prisons are partnered with community colleges and provide face-to-face Associate Degree for Transfer pathways to over 6,000 incarcerated students.
From Policy to Impact: A Fair Shot at Employment, Professional Licensing, and Educational Excellence for Justice-Impacted People
Seventy percent of colleges in the United States report asking applicants about criminal history on admissions applications. Approximately two-thirds of college applicants with records do not complete their application once they notice the box asking them about their criminal backgrounds.
This year has seen all kinds of traditional business models upended due to the global pandemic crisis. In the startup world, organizations have either had to pivot their positioning in the marketplace or ramp up the capacity of their current product offerings.
In his speech Saturday night, President-elect Joe Biden pledged to “marshal the forces of decency, the forces of fairness, to marshal the forces of science and forces of hope in the great battles of our time.”