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Meet South Dakota State University’s director of its First Year Advising Center and coordinator for University Academic Advising

Jody Owen

Jody Owen is director of South Dakota State University’s First Year Advising Center and coordinator for University Academic Advising. In her position, Owen is very aware of the challenges facing students today as they navigate their program plans of study toward a four-year degree. The Center works to educate students on the best options to fit their academic needs. One of those options is earning a Passport.

Interstate Passport hosts successful train-the-trainer workshop for academic advisors

Academic Advisors at Train the Trainer Workshop

Academic Advisors, who play an active role in serving students at member and prospective member institutions in the Interstate Passport Network, convened September 18-19 in Boulder, CO. The purpose of this workshop was for attendees to learn about the current status of Interstate Passport and how the program assists students through the transfer process.

Over 11,000 students earn Passports in recent academic year

In its second academic year (2017-18) of implementation, 11,034 students were awarded Passports based on data submitted by 14 participating institutions to the National Student Clearinghouse. Additional institutions are still expected to report.  For now, this brings the total number of Passports officially awarded to 23,631 after two years of full implementation.