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 […]
Interstate Passport® Briefing
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.
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; […]
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 […]
Nathaniel (Nate) Pyle serves as the director of academic advising for the University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville (UACCB), and he serves on the Interstate Passport Academic Advisory Committee. UACCB is currently the only Network institution in Arkansas and Nate tells us that the philosophy of Interstate Passport is very much a part of the institution. The […]
It has been several decades now since the “field” has moved from a focus on increasing access to a focus on success. Suddenly, it seemed important to say, “Getting students into the system is not sufficient. Getting them through is the point as well.” As a result of this insight, the pathway initiative was born. […]
Western Oregon University (WOU) recently celebrated National Transfer Student Week (NTSW) to promote awareness of transfer students and the professionals who support them on their journey. Learn more about NTSW at WOU here. NTSW is an annual event organized by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.
A number of institutions across the country are undertaking efforts that target transfer students—recruiting them and making transfer easier: See the October 14 Education Dive article on making transfers easier between two- and four-year institutions. Data show that more than 50,000 students each year who could succeed at a four-year institution do not transfer, too […]
See this latest update to the Tracking Transfer Report Series from the National Student Clearinghouse that focuses on the student mobility from two- to four-year institutions nationally. Student transfer outcomes for the 2012 cohort of first-time degree-seeking students are reported. The report provides five main outcomes: (1) overall two-year transfer-out rate, (2) transfer-with-award rate, (3) transfer-out […]