Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (AHEP) Executive Director Ved Price knows the difference postsecondary education and workforce training can make in the lives of incarcerated learners. A formerly incarcerated person himself, Ved worked for years supporting residents navigating incarceration, homelessness and other challenges in Denver, Colorado, before joining AHEP in 2022. Since then, he’s worked to ensure all people, regardless of whether they are currently or formerly incarcerated, have access to high-quality and free postsecondary education.
Ascendium recently made a grant to AHEP that will support Ved in building organizational capacity and bolstering partnerships across the field of postsecondary education in prison.With Pell Grant eligibility being expanded to incarcerated learners in July, AHEP will serve a crucial role in ensuring the field's readiness to deliver high-quality educational opportunities for them. As executive director, we know Ved's leadership is critical now and for the future of postsecondary education in prisons.
Ascendium Senior Program Officer Molly Lasagna met with Ved to get his reflections on the current and future state of postsecondary education in prison.
Q: What inspired you to pursue this work?
Q: How can the field mitigate the challenges that folks coming out of postsecondary education in prison programs face around access to meaningful employment?
Q: What factors motivate someone to enroll in a postsecondary education in prison program?
Q: What gives you hope about the postsecondary education in prison field?
Keith Witham Named Ascendium’s Vice President of Education Philanthropy
Ascendium is pleased to announce Keith Witham has been selected to serve as our new vice president of education philanthropy. A national search for this highly impactful position brought forward many good and interested candidates. After a comprehensive search and review process, Keith’s extensive knowledge of the field and hands-on grantmaking experience made him the ideal person to lead our education philanthropy efforts.
Ascendium’s education philanthropy grant program operates within Ascendium Education Solutions, Inc., a member company of Ascendium Education Group, Inc. & Affiliates. Ascendium Education Group has helped millions of learners pursue postsecondary education since 1967, when it was formed to help fulfill the promise of the landmark Higher Education Act of 1965. Over the years, Ascendium has grown to become not only the nation's largest federal student loan guarantor, but also one of the most active postsecondary education philanthropies.