Publication Date

Spring 5-12-2019

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of my study was to improve and/or create support services for formerly incarcerated students at the University of San Diego. I sought to discover first if there were any existing support services available for these students at USD. I also sought to discover what kinds of support services existed at other local colleges and universities in order to compare and contrast with USD. Through 1:1 interviews, surveys, focus groups, and community restorative justice organizations, I learned that USD was one of the only higher education campuses in San Diego not currently providing support services for this population of students. My participants included formerly incarcerated students and faculty/staff across various higher education institutions throughout San Diego. I joined with USD representatives to help develop a program for these students to enhance their experience at USD. The goal for this study was to help with the reduction of recidivism and give formerly incarcerated students equal access to education through support and services.