Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons

Mountainview Program

The Mountainview Program at Rutgers University (RU-MVP) provides NJ-STEP students an opportunity to pursue a four year degree in a campus setting post-release. RU-MVP assists NJ-STEP students through the university admission process and equips admitted students with the academic, social, and professional resources necessary for success. The Mountainview Program began under the volunteer leadership of Dr. Donald Roden in 2005, and is now a recognized university program under the leadership of Christopher J. Agans. New students are admitted to Rutgers each fall after completing extensive coursework at the community college level and fulfilling all university admission requirements. The Mountainview Program and its associated student organization (MVP-SO) promote campus awareness regarding incarceration, recidivism, criminal justice, and the benefits of higher education.