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CCCCO Expenditure Memo 2016-2017

Here is the California Community College Chancellor’s Office expenditure memo, which outlines the guidelines allowing for increased flexibility with Basic Skills, SSSP, and Equity funds. The Chancellor’s office encourages colleges to apply these funds to supporting formerly incarcerated students. 

Guidance for Colleges Teaching Incarcerated Students in State Prisons

This is a memorandum issued on April 23rd, 2019 by the Advisory Committee for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Students. 

List of Regionally Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions

Under Prop 57, incarcerated students can earn Educational Merit Credits (EMC) when they successfully obtain a GED, high school diploma, Associate of Arts or Science degree, Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, or a graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) while incarcerated. In order to be eligible for Educational Merit Credits for obtaining a college degree, the degree must be earned from a regionally accredited institution. Here’s a list of all regionally accredited institutions. 

CCCCO Memo – Temporary Suspension of Student Withdrawl Regulations During COVID-19 Emergency

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is taking immediate action to ensure community college districts, campuses, and students are adequately supported through the COVID-19 crisis. This memo provides guidelines around refunding enrollment fees, suspension of districts requesting a waiver in writing, and assigning an ‘excused withdrawal’.

Toolkit for Colleges and Universities Seeking to Foster Success for Formerly Incarcerated Students

The toolkit is based on input from students, faculty, administrators and staff on campuses throughout the state, and has three sections:
Essential Program Elements and Services details how a campus can fully implement a program to support formerly incarcerated students.
Informal Strategies identifies a number of specific no- and low-cost steps that can be taken to support formerly incarcerated students while the campus is building a fully implemented program.
Student Perspective synthesizes the input of many formerly incarcerated students and graduates about what they want and what advice they would give to upcoming students.

Degrees of Freedom Report

Degrees of Freedom: Expanding College Opportunities for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Californians, by Debbie A. Mukamal, Rebecca Silbert, and Rebecca Taylor is based on over 175 interviews, academic research, and historical investigation. The report profiles existing programs and identifies recommendations for California to take to build effective college pathways that will help these underserved students become college graduates.

Rising Scholars Network Call to Action

Call to action letter in support of our Black students, staff, faculty, stakeholders, partners and communities.

Connecting With your Local Community College

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office released a prospective student mailer which details foundational information for anyone interested in registering at their local community college. This document includes information on eligibility, community college benefits, and mentions support services for formerly incarcerated students, specifically.

Data Summary: Formerly Incarcerated Student Programs at California Community Colleges

73 of the 114 California Community Colleges completed a survey on campus programming for formerly incarcerated students. Here are the results of that survey.