Monday, December 7, 2009
Wait Listed by Jail-12
"In many ways it was just another day, another class of Wesleyan University, one of the more selective colleges in the Northeast. The topic was multiculturalism in schools. The discussion focused on methods of evaluating the rhetorical skills iof various commentators, from Arthur Schlesslinger Jr. to Dinesh D'Souza. ... Unlike other Wesleyan classes, though, each of the students--all men--had numbers like 271013 or 298331 on their khaki shirts. They were, in fact, inmates at the state prison here, [Cheshire, Connecticut] and all part of a daring, privately financed experiment in higher education that takes murderers and drug dealers and other inmates with histories of serious crime and gives them an opportunity to get an elite college education inside their high-security prison, the Cheshire Correctional Institution. Though community colleges and others, like Boston University, have long had inmate programs, the two-month-old Wesleyan program is one of the few in the country where the selection process is highly rigorous, where academic potential is the primary criterion and where past criminal conduct, however, heinous, is not considered in admission. Some 120 inmates applied at Cheshire for 19 spots in the program", Alison Cowan at the NYT, 16 November 2009, link: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/college-ivy-sprouts-at-a-connecticut-prison/
Well Stanford? Your opportunity: recruit at San Quentin. Columbia, try Sing Sing; Northwestern, Joliet, etc., etc. Will Wesleyan include these 19 students SATs in its 1440 freshman average as US News reported? I wasn't kidding in my 28 June 2009 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/06/wait-listed-by-jail-7.html.