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Allison Anders receives University recognition for outstanding research

Allison Anders, a doctoral student in the School’s Culture, Curriculum and Change program, was selected to receive a 2007 Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award. Anders was one of only 10 graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to be chosen for the award. 

Anders was recognized for her dissertation titled “Reducing Recidivism in Correctional Institutions: An Education Program that Works.” In her research, Anders studied more than 330 student-inmates who participate in the North Carolina Workplace and Community Transition Youth Offenders Program. Through survey data, ethnographic data, case studies and in-depth interviews, Anders found that the majority of student-inmate program participants, who previously had quite negative school experiences, not only came to value education, but expressed a commitment to future post-secondary education and a desire to contribute positively to their communities. 

Among 18-25 year old men in North Carolina, the recidivism – or reincarceration – rate is 34 percent.  However, for participants in the Youth Offender Program, Anders found that the recidivism rate is only 5 percent over a three-year period.

After graduation, Anders will serve as an assistant professor in Cultural Studies in Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She received her GEAB Impact Award at the 9th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony held Thursday, April 12 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.