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Vera First Class - Webinar 5 - Shared screen with speaker view
Allan Wachendorfer
19:45
Hi All! Just waiting a minute to let people join
Margaret Dizerega
22:21
Hi all. While we're getting started, I wanted to share the good news from Friday that the House voted on its appropriations bill which inclues Pell reinstatement for all people in prison. For more background, see https://www.vera.org/newsroom/u-s-house-of-representatives-votes-to-lift-the-ban-on-pell-grants-for-people-in-prison
Margaret Dizerega
23:33
Thanks to all who shared their stories and their time. It all matters with these big federal policies.
Brian Walsh
24:36
Feel free to post questions here!
Jennifer Cruz
26:39
Hi! I can hear and see you but don't have a microphone or webcam!
Maria Rosas
27:33
I can hear you my micro. is not working sorry
Margaret Dizerega
33:51
ICYMI from the start of the webinar: I wanted to share the good news from Friday that the House voted on its appropriations bill which inclues Pell reinstatement for all people in prison. For more background, see https://www.vera.org/newsroom/u-s-house-of-representatives-votes-to-lift-the-ban-on-pell-grants-for-people-in-prison
Belinda Wheeler
34:42
My "big" question for today is as follows... if a correctional facility has a number of sites... for example, SCDC has 21 sites... will satellite status need to be given to all 21 sites? With COVID (and assuming MOU approval) Claflin might be in anywhere from 4-5 sites up to 21. Or would SCDC be considered ONE satellite site regardless of how many individuals sites within SCDC? I hope this makes sense. Thanks.
Roger Byrd
34:49
Which 8 states do not have 2nd Chance Pell sites?
Allan Wachendorfer
35:30
remember to use "speaker view" in the top right corner to better see the presenter
Margaret Dizerega
35:37
@Roger - AK, NH, ID, NV, MT, WY, ND, SD
Brian Walsh
36:45
Hi Belinda, good question. Most likely SACS will want to add each location as an additional location IF you are offering more than 50% of a degree at that location.
Belinda Wheeler
38:07
Thanks for the clarification, Brian. :)
Roger Byrd
38:29
What issues do you encounter when moving a former inmate to on-campus studies? GA has laws that regulate the proximity of certain offenders to educational facilities.
Michael Braun
39:24
Roger, does GA have laws regulating proximity to higher education? I've only seen those types of laws in relation to primary education/minor learners
Roger Byrd
40:56
That is correct but we have middle and high school facilities across the street from our main campus.
Michael Braun
41:06
Am I understanding correctly that CSULA has established Lancaster as its own satellite campus?
Christine Boatright
43:35
sorry, I will move.
Brian Walsh
44:02
Thanks Michael for your question. We will ask it during Q&A.
Michael Braun
44:41
Thank you, I'm curious if that has benefits compared to serving the prison from an already established satellite campus nearby.
Thomas Keeton
50:29
sorry power outage
Ruth Delaney
50:43
no worries! Thanks for persevering
Michael Braun
51:14
Does the prison allow peer tutoring among inside students? Or tutors are only outside students?
Derek Lowry
51:18
Hi, all. Just a reminder to post Qs here for our speakers. What stands out about speaker comments. What Qs does this raise? What do you want to know more about?
Taffany Lim
51:52
@michael braun -- peer tutors are critical assets in the prison we serve
Nancy Lewis
52:17
Carla, if this is a full day experience, what else do you do with the day beyond a presentation by a faculty member?
Michael Braun
52:27
Would you mind addressing some ways you've been able to work with prison admins in order to bring content they might find objectionable? And, how those issues might be playing out on the prison yards?
Maureen Whelan
53:10
For integrated prison/community classes, how many students in total in a class? Is it a 50/50% proportion? Are incarcerated students in these classes screened for exclusion of specific crimes?
Michael Braun
54:05
Maureen, in our Inside/Out based program, we use 15 inside students and 15 outside students
Maureen Whelan
55:28
That is a big number for a prison class, at least in DE. Is the prison a minimum, medium or max level?
Brenda Lyseng
56:20
is the start of the semester the same as on campus? wondering since I get the sense that financial aid rules and FAFSA are tied to that date
Ruth Delaney
56:47
Maureen - some colleges I work with in MA and NJ set a limit on participation that prioritizes incarcerated students. With this approach, there would always need to be at lest one more incarcerated as opposed to visiting students.
Maureen Whelan
57:12
thanks everyone for sharing.
Michael Braun
57:21
The I/O courses I coordinate for our jail, our CDCR programs are not I/O, they're traditional transfer AA programs, min. 27 students, max prisons
Carla Barrett
57:53
We try to keep a balance of 10 & 10 students in the Learning Exchange classes.
Taffany Lim
58:38
Cal State LA follows the same academic calendar at the prison as we do on the main campus
Michael Braun
59:53
@Taffany, I was discussing with Alan Mobley about peer tutors, but we were envisioning students who had already been through the program. not sending students from the campus. Is that how you're doing it?
Taffany Lim
01:00:54
we do not bring in outside students.
Carla Barrett
01:00:57
We try to start the semester as near as possible as the same time. Sometimes we have to start a few days early. We get a lot of special permissions from financial aid and the registrar etc in order to make it all work.! One reason it is so important to build good relations with folks in all relevant campus departments. I am always asking for special favors. But we try to replicate the college process and calendar as much as possible.
Ruth Delaney
01:07:15
What other questions do you have for our panelists?
Michael Braun
01:11:07
What kinds of institutional policies have you either implemented or utilized to maintain control over course assignment? For example, how would you handle a professor who was a poor fit but didn't acknowledge it?
Michael Braun
01:13:21
:D
Brenda Lyseng
01:15:57
Do any of you offer courses for the COs themselves? We are pondering this as a way to make sure the COs have the same access to the education we are providing (right now, they can get hired without having an AA degree)
Michael Braun
01:16:54
@Brenda, one of the Inside/Out courses I'm currently designed is intended to have 15 inside students and 15 outside students...with the outside students being COs
Michael Braun
01:17:46
and our jail staff request to be in the classes, which I respond with my only requirement for them is they have to come in plain clothes, off duty
Michael Braun
01:18:29
(haven't been taken up on that, yet)
Belinda Wheeler
01:18:32
@Brenda, Claflin will be offering courses to Corrections staff members too (at a reduced rate). We are hoping that will help support "buy-In"\
Ruth Delaney
01:18:57
If you have questions about this type of policy - your Vera contact can help you look into restrictions on reentry
Ruth Delaney
01:19:40
*related to being near different types of community institutions or organizations
Ruth Delaney
01:21:15
Thank to our great panelists!
Margaret Dizerega
01:21:19
On the idea of making classes available to corrections staff, we at Vera can definitely put you in touch with some of the programs that have done so so you can hear what has worked
Belinda Wheeler
01:38:03
Thank you, Vera, for these phenomenal workshops!!!! We appreciate you so much! :)
Margaret Dizerega
01:39:09
Thanks Belinda. We appreciate all your good questions!
Lisa Preston
01:40:12
Amen!!!
Margaret Dizerega
01:40:21
New daily manta - be flexomistic!
WENDY EDMONDS
01:40:27
love it!
Lori Timmis
01:41:17
Yes, I would appreciate the contact information regarding accreditation. Thank you.
Susan Johnston
01:41:26
Please give me contact information for Lee College
Margaret Dizerega
01:41:48
Donna Zuniga: dzuniga@lee.edu
WENDY EDMONDS
01:42:00
please send info as well wedmonds@bowiestate.edu
Derek Lowry
01:44:07
Thank you Taffany, Carla, and Christine for speaking and sharing your insights!
Sandy Power
01:44:13
Thank you!
Derek Lowry
01:44:16
And thank you to all of our participants today!
Thomas Keeton
01:44:25
Thank you Ruth
Michael Braun
01:44:31
Thank you, really appreciate the expertise and time
Maureen Whelan
01:44:32
Thank you, this has been very valuable!
Brenda Lyseng
01:44:52
So glad I've been able to attend the full series!
Dixie Dalton
01:44:54
Thanks everyone! The series has been informative and helpful.
Charles Adams
01:44:57
Thanks! Vera!
Samantha Carlo
01:45:39
Thank you. Vera is wonderful!
Lori Timmis
01:45:43
Thank you!
WENDY EDMONDS
01:46:05
these trainings have been great! thanks!
Brian Walsh
01:46:06
Thank you everyone!
Maggie Price
01:46:08
Thank you all!
Dara Canady
01:46:14
Thank you all!
Nache Atkins
01:46:19
Thank you!
Chimene Garrison
01:46:22
Thank you!