As an academic collaboration between Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame, WEI is jointly guided and overseen by faculty and administration from both institutions. Enrolled students earn college credits towards a Holy Cross College Associate of Arts (AA) degree and transition into a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program. Classes are taught by Holy Cross and University of Notre Dame faculty, and carry Holy Cross College credit.
The AA is the basis for many future academic and professional endeavors and is essential for anyone with the ambition to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree at Holy Cross College or any other academic institution in the future. Students who complete the AA degree requirements have the option to seek admission to a Holy Cross BA program either at Westville Correctional Facility or, upon release, at the Holy Cross College main campus.
Holy Cross College was recently selected as one of 67 educational institutions in the country to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Program. The Second Chance Pell Program permits incarcerated students at Westville to be eligible for federal student aid while enrolled in a college degree program. Learn more at www.hcc-nd.edu/second-chance.
WEI photographs courtesy of Pete Mauney, Peter Ringenberg
Alesha Seroczynski, Ph.D.
Director of College Operations
I moved into the position of WEI Director of College Operations after almost ten years of research and practice in juvenile justice. My background in both academic administration and community corrections make me uniquely suited to lead this young program. I am a voracious and expansive reader, and I enjoy promoting the liberal arts advantage among new and potential students at Westville Correctional Facility.
Holy Cross College Faculty
Notre Dame Faculty
Gabriel Said Reynolds
We have also been privileged to welcome Visiting Professor Maud Ellmann, from the University of Chicago, during the Spring 2015 semester.
WEI in the News
Read the University of Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters story about WEI.