The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison 2017 conference will be held in Arlington, TX November 2-5, 2017.  Details to come soon.

 Video of 2016 plenary speakers Dr. Jody Lewen, Dr. Lois Davis, and Dr. Kaia Stern may be found on the Announcements link.

Welcome! The 6th Annual National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (NCHEP) will be held Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November 6, 2016, on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Conference co-hosts, Belmont University and the Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, invite you to Middle Tennessee and the Southeastern region of the U.S.

We are a region hungry and ready for the community-building, practice-innovating, and idea-generating events offered by this unique conference. The Nashville area is home to more than 13 nationally recognized universities and colleges.  It is the capitol of Tennessee, the first state to offer free community college education to eligible students.  In addition, area state prisons are running degree-granting higher education programs offered by several colleges and universities.

NCHEP 2016, like past conferences, desires to further coalition building among prison-based higher education programs, regionally and nationally. It seeks to continue the process of identifying and moving towards shared goals, begun at the Strategies for Action Conference sponsored by the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois in October 2010.  NCHEP2016 will build upon the productivity and success of the 2015 conference in Pittsburgh to be a gathering of professionals, educators and citizens revisioning higher education as a liberatory and transformative tool for incarcerated persons, free-world persons, and the systems that affect them.

 For the conference schedule—including papers, panels, presentations and plenary events, view the schedule. For questions concerning travel, lodging and the host site information, see venue & travel information. For registration information, including donations, click here. And, for updated scheduling information and conference changes, follow the announcements page.

We also invite you follow the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison 2016 on Facebook.

Lastly, we want to thank the Laughing Gull Foundationlaughing-gull-logo
for its generous funding of this conference.

We hope you will extend the invitation offered here to your colleagues, friends and peers. Come to Nashville in November!