In an effort to ensure the continued accessibility and delivery of high-quality educational opportunities to individuals who are incarcerated at Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF), Donnelly College applied for program approval from the Kansas Consortium for Correctional Higher Education (KCCHE). Donnelly's program was already approved through the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) and has been offered since 2001.
KCCHE is a consortium of seven colleges in Kansas that also offer educational programs to incarcerated individuals and are able to offer Pell Grants to these students. In fall 2019, when KDOC began working with the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) to develop a coordinated strategy to provide postsecondary educational programs at correctional facilities across Kansas, Donnelly was invited to become a charter member of the newly formed Consortium. Although private colleges are not governed by KBOR, Donnelly was included in the consortium based on our long standing commitment to our Lansing students and our excellent relationship with LCF. KCCHE is independent and governs themselves for checks and balances to make sure programs are aligned and do not overlap or compete with each other.
On February 19, 2021, Donnelly College received approval from KCCHE for of our existing A.A. and A.A.S. in Business degree programs administered at Lansing Correctional Facility.