Interstate Passport® Briefing

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Academic Success of Passport Students Post-Transfer

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series March 2020

By Michael Torrens, Utah State University A crucial element of participation in the Interstate Passport Network is the reporting each institution provides on Passports awarded and the post-transfer academic progress of students with Passports. Participation in the Passport Network involves a certain amount of trust that the students that transfer into your institution (and who […]

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UPDATE! State Policies on Transfer and Articulation

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series March 2020

We reported on the Education Commission of the States’ 50-State Comparison: Transfer and Articulation Policies in our last newsletter. This month ECS has released an updated report: At least 30 states have policies requiring a transferable core of lower-division courses and statewide guaranteed transfer of an associate degree (no change since 2018). Now, 22 states […]

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Student Transfer in the News

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series March 2020

4-year college costs push minorities into community colleges By MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY – Associated Press – Sunday, January 19, 2020, WASHINGTON TIMES As many low-income minority students increasingly are leaving four-year institutions due to rising tuition costs and lack of supports, one college in Palatine, Illinois is offering students a second chance. Harper College, like many community […]

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SPOTLIGHT: The role of the registrar and Interstate Passport

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series March 2020

LaDawn Miera, Assistant Registrar at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), has been an integral player in the development of Interstate Passport since its inception. As an advisory committee member with other registrars and institutional researchers, Miera helped to identify the key objectives for developing the template and process for collecting and submitting data on Passport […]

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Interstate Passport Annual Report

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series March 2020

The 2018-19 Interstate Passport Annual Report is now available! The Passport Review Board recently approved the Interstate Passport 2018-2019 Annual Report, which provides a thorough update on the program’s accomplishments during its third year of implementation. Topics covered include the expansion of the Network, marketing campaign and collateral, an analysis of early Academic Progress Tracking […]

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Interstate Passport featured in Change Magazine

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series March 2020

Interstate Passport is featured in the January 28, 2020 issue of Change Magazine. In “The General Education Transfer Highway,” Pat Shea and Jane Sherman make a solid case for utilizing the Passport as a vehicle for completing lower-division general education and, importantly, preparing students for upper division coursework. The authors cite research on the need […]

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Happy New Year from Interstate Passport

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series January 2020

As 2019 concluded, I found myself reflecting back on the past year of activities and accomplishments. We welcomed several new schools into the Interstate Passport Network, expanding its membership to 32 institutions spanning 14 states across the nation. Network member institutions awarded 12,786 Passports to students during AY 2018-19. Throughout the three years of operation, 38,886 […]

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In the News

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series January 2020

Interstate Passport representatives attended the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ Annual Conference on December 7 in Houston, Texas.  Director of Interstate Passport, Anna Galas, R. Joel Farrell, Air University, and Michael Torrens, Utah State University, presented Interstate Passport: Learning Outcomes Solution to Credit Loss in Transfer.

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Transfer Facts: State Policies on Transfer and Articulation

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series January 2020

According to the Education Commission of the States 50-State Comparison: Transfer and Articulation Policies report. The report notes that many states are refining statewide transfer policies, which suggests a commitment to increasing student completion rates. The report compares all 50 states in four transfer metrics: (1) transferable core of lower-division courses; (2) statewide common-course numbering; […]

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Focusing on transfer and transfer students

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series January 2020

Rethinking higher education through the consortia model by John C. Cavanaugh, Inside Higher Ed, October 23, 2019 This article from Inside Higher Ed offers the consortium model as one solution for ensuring seamless transfer – essentially a mini Passport network among a small number of institutions within a state or geographic region. The author describes […]