St. Thomas Aquinas College offers a bachelor’s degree program at the Sullivan Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison with approximately 550 inmates in Fallsburg, New York. Our first cohort of graduates received their BS degree in Social Sciences in May 2019. The STAC program enrolls about 20 men in its classes and offers four courses each Summer, Fall, and Spring semester. Typically, students work full-time in the prison while taking three or four courses in the evenings. Their degree requirements in Social Sciences prompt them to take several courses in psychology, history, and sociology as well as courses in the humanities, such as philosophy and film, art history, and drawing.
Since the Spring of 2017, STAC has partnered with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, a nonprofit organization that has worked with colleges and universities for 20 years in the Hudson Valley to bring college-level programs to seven New York State correctional institutions. Hudson Link partners with colleges and universities in the lower Hudson Valley and New York City to provide educational opportunities at the pre-college, associate, and bachelor degree levels. For more information, visit Hudson Link.
To learn about our program or teaching opportunities, please contact Dr. Stacy Sewell [email protected].
In Winter 2019, twenty-five students from the Sullivan Correctional Facility proudly displayed their work at an exhibit hosted by St. Thomas Aquinas College on campus. It was their first exhibit of works from the student’s Drawing I course at Sullivan Correctional Facility.
One inmate, who drew his cell, wrote of his work: “Everything in this drawing was made larger except the windows above the bed to symbolize the limited view and/or perspective incarceration imposes on incarcerated people.”
Another wrote: “I understand the importance of striving to become the best person I can; and earning my college degree keeps me on a positive path which leads to greatness. Being incarcerated is a hard thing to endure, but being in college gives me the hope I need to endure.”
Read more about the Sullivan Art Exhibit 2019.
The New York Consortium for Higher Education in Prison is an affiliated group of programs offering college-level courses in New York State Correctional Facilities and Jails. The group meets occasionally throughout the year, and collaborates to better provide college opportunities to qualified students during and after incarceration. Learn more>