Date of Award
College of Education and Professional Development
Type of Degree
Dr. Dennis M. Anderson, Committee Chairperson
Dr. Charles Bethel
Dr. Edna Meisel
The pursuit of higher education is a goal that is embedded in secondary education and often correlated with the American dream. This study concentrated on the barriers that women with a felony conviction face when pursuing higher education after incarceration. Based on the identified barriers, current best practices for admission to higher education institutions and individual resources available for the ex-offender population were assessed. Using a questionnaire and interviews, a qualitative research approach helped identify the barriers that women with a felony conviction face when pursuing education and best practice solutions for institutions of higher education when working with the felony population. The study revealed inconsistencies and a lack of best practices for admission policies when institutions of higher education include a criminal background question on the admission application. The interview participants indicated multiple barriers that exist for women who are pursuing higher education.
Education, Higher – Appalachian Region.
Ex-convicts – Education (Higher) – Appalachian Region.
Women ex-convicts – Education (Higher) – Appalachian Region.
Universities and colleges – Admission – Social aspects.
Simms, Marcie, "A Study on Formerly Incarcerated Women From Appalachia Pursuing Higher Education" (2022). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1439.