The South Dakota Board of Regents has been working to better inform its member institutions and students across the state about Interstate Passport and its benefits. An Interstate Passport specific webpage and info graphic explaining the program has recently been created. Whether students transfer or not, all eligible students earn and are awarded Passports.
Interstate Passport News
Kristi Swainston is the Programmer Analyst for the Utah State University Registrar’s Office. Her main responsibilities in her position include querying student information from the Banner database and building reports from this information. In addition, Swainston is one of the multitude of personnel behind the scenes at member institutions who are ensuring Interstate Passport is working by compiling and submitting data to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC).
Though institutions and organizations are working to improve student transfer, there are still challenges. Recent articles from Inside Higher Ed and the Brookings Institute provide insight on the challenges transfer students face.
This past month Interstate Passport had a strong presence at the National Association of Veteran Program Administrators (NAVPA) Annual Conference held in Orlando, FL. During the week-long conference, staff manned the Interstate Passport table and was able to meet with conference attendees, explain the benefits of students earning a Passport, and the requirements for membership in the Interstate Passport Network. Many conference attendees saw the value of how earning a Passport could benefit the highly mobile student population of active military, veterans, and their families.