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Broadening Horizons & Hopes

The WVU Higher Education in Prison Initiative (HEPI) is committed to improving educational access and equity throughout the Appalachian region. Central to this work is building an associate degree program at State Correctional Institution Greene (SCI-Greene), a maximum-security prison in Waynesburg, PA.

Our Mission and History

Photo Credit to DOC Staff in “Greene Holds Closing Ceremony for Inside-Out Program with WVU”

HEPI Programs

Degree Pathway

Sixty credit hour curriculum where students will earn an Associate of Arts degree in Professional Studies from Waynesburg University.

Degree and Course Info

Inside Out Prison Exchange

Bringing together campus-based students with incarcerated students for a semester-long course held in a prison, jail or other correctional setting.

Inside Out Details

Book Clubs

We create book clubs to provide incarcerated men and women with an opportunity to read, discuss, and write about literature.

About the Clubs

Incarcerated people have a


lower chance of recidivism if they are involved in correctional education programs

75% fewer infractions
were committed by imprisoned people enrolled in college classes than their unenrolled incarcerated peers

Stack of books sitting on a table

“For those few hours in class, I didn’t see myself as a convicted felon in a prison visiting room. I was a WVU student in a classroom with twenty-nine of my classmates, learning”

— Student in WVU HEPI’s first cohort

The Divide

Our initiative aims to build an intellectual and creative network that bridges the divide of prison walls and makes possible a more diverse and inclusive Mountaineer community. Learn more about our work.