Together with the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the Institute for Justice and Opportunity offers credit-bearing college courses at New York City correctional facilities. Collectively known as College Pathways, these courses inspire incarcerated students to work toward a post-secondary degree, laying a foundation for continued academic success. Many College Pathways students join the College Initiative community after release.
College Pathways Goals
- Sharpen students’ critical thinking skills through substantive readings, structured writing assignments, and ongoing discussions, which can support them in making informed decisions in academic, professional, and interpersonal contexts.
- Train students to use analytical skills in reading, writing, listening, oral presentations, and research.
- Challenge students to make and evaluate arguments, and to address questions of social inequalities, especially those related to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.
- Use a variety of historical, literary, and theoretical texts to explore how existing power structures benefit some certain groups and limit or oppress others.