Providing access to higher education in prisons and enhancing the academic experience for all.
At Lipscomb, we seek to provide higher education to anyone who desires it and deepen the spiritual and academic growth of all students. The Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) is one of the unique ways we accomplish this mission, bringing faith-based education to two Tennessee prisons.
Only 35% of state prisons offer college education, and just 6% of the prison populace take courses. LIFE is one of a growing number of higher education in prison programs in the U.S. We are proud to say this program has celebrated 30 degree completions since 2007 and expects 14 LIFE students to graduate in 2022.
Traditional, campus-based students can participate in the LIFE program by enrolling in relocated classes at the prison with LIFE students. This allows both groups the chance to develop the self-confidence, character, knowledge and compassion to pursue their education while serving with others.
"LIFE gives me a future. LIFE gives me a community. LIFE gives me hope."