The Christian Post interviewed Nyack and ATS president, Dr. Michael Scales and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Turk for the feature article, “From prison cells to Ph.D.: Advocates push to restore college access in prison.” Nyack is one of three colleges in the State of New York that offers a full bachelor’s degree program to inmates.
While Nyack conferred its first undergraduate degrees in 2001, its program at Fishkill Correctional Facility was established in 2005. More than 50 undergraduate degrees were conferred at a March 2019 Fishkill commencement ceremony. Students were in full graduation regalia as an audience of family, friends, faculty and correctional facility officials proudly enjoyed the event. To date, graduates of Nyack’s Fishkill program have a 0% recidivism rate; New York State’s recidivism rate is more than 40%.
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