The Project Rebound Model

Key Program Elements

  1. Full time program director or coordinator who is formerly incarcerated.
  2. Central, accessible campus location with meeting space, mailing address, and phone number
  3. At least one tenured faculty champion or, preferably, a campus team committed to advocating for Rebound and representing Rebound with the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, and others
  4. Special admissions process for Rebound students, or, at a minimum, a key contact and champion in student admissions
  5. A built-in process for student advising and assistance with registration, class planning, tutoring, and other academic needs. This could be through on-campus advising, through student tutors receiving internship credit, or other means.
  6. If possible, a key contact and champion in financial aid
  7. Formerly incarcerated peer mentors, either through structured peer support with other Rebound students, or by creating time and space for Rebound students to connect with and support each other
  8. Direct student financial support as necessary for critical needs such as books, transportation, meals, and application and test fees
  9. Campus status that allows the program to reserve rooms
  10. Strong relationships with external partners including correctional facilities, probation and parole departments, nearby community colleges, and reentry service providers who can assist Rebound students with housing, legal services, and other needs

Key Program Services

  1. Outreach and responsiveness to prospective students
    1. Respond to all letters and written inquiries
    2. Communicate with potential applicants re: admissions requirements and process
  2. Help prospective students prepare, apply, and matriculate
    1. Conduct initial college assessment and provide detailed feedback to potential students
    2. Help students develop an admissions plan
    3. Help students apply for admission
    4. Help students apply for financial aid
    5. Help students complete the steps needed to enroll
  3. Support enrolled students to persist and graduate
    1. Outreach to on-campus potential students
    2. Help students understand course requirements and register for courses
    3. Help students develop study skills and other “soft” skills needed to succeed
    4. Provide connections for reentry service providers
    5. Provide direct financial support, as necessary, including test and application fees

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