Goucher Prison Education Partnership

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), a division of Goucher College, provides men and women incarcerated in Maryland with the opportunity to pursue an excellent college education.

We offer Goucher College courses to students at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW) and the Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup (MCIJ). We also provide college preparatory courses for prospective Goucher students at the prisons needing additional support to be ready for college coursework.

About 100 students are enrolled with Goucher College via the Goucher Prison Education Partnership. In courses at the two prisons, students are held to the rigorous academic standards for which Goucher is known.  Courses are taught on site by Goucher College faculty as well as by outstanding professors from nearby colleges and universities.

The entire Goucher academic community is enhanced and strengthened by the inclusion of these talented, dedicated students at the two prisons. Our work together stimulates awareness and meaningful dialogue in and beyond the Goucher community about justice, incarceration, and educational access. 


The Goucher Prison Education Partnership is made possible primarily by private grants and individual donations. Some students' educations are also supported through the Second Chance Pell Grant pilot. Courses, books, and supplies are provided at no cost to Goucher Prison Education Partnership students.

We are grateful for the support that makes college in prison possible.

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