Against All Odds: From Prison to Graduate School

by Rebecca L. Brower

Apr 1, 2015

Following the trajectory of one African American man, this case study analyzes how a former prisoner was able to transition to graduate school after prison.

  • Some of the psychosocial strategies used in this case can help other black ex-convicts return to higher education.
  • One of the best coping strategies for ex-convicts is to find purpose by giving back, caring for others, or pursuing a create endeavor.
  • Academic institutions that deny access to former prisoners may disenfranchise African American males.
  • Student affairs professionals should be aware that some students who at first identify themselves as nontraditional students may also have a history of incarceration.