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Time for Change in Higher Education

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series June 2018

This is one of 1 articles in the June 2018 newsletter. by Jane Sherman, Passport State Coordinator Despite the fact that more students start college in the U.S. than in any other nation, only slightly more than half of them (54.8 percent) graduate in six years. (National Student Clearinghouse, Six-Year Completion Rates, 2016). That statistic […]

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Community college students: Removing Barriers to Transfer

A recent article in Education Dive examines barriers for community college students trying to transfer and strategies to remove those barriers. Often students “aren’t aware of their transfer options, but many others intend to transfer to a four-year college or university, only to be surprised, challenged and overwhelmed by the complexity of the transfer process.” […]

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Transfer Students Start Getting More of the Credits They’ve Already Earned

A recent article published in both in The Hechinger Report and The Washington Post discusses the frustrating experience that many students have in effectively transferring their credits when they change institutions and the solutions, including Interstate Passport®, that have been developed to alleviate this issue. “That complication has given rise to something called the Interstate […]

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The Value – and Imperative – of Community College Transfer

This recent article in Inside Higher Ed makes the case that community colleges provide workforce training and a pathway to baccalaureate degrees, and both of these objectives are needed in today’s America. Community colleges provide access to higher education to millions of students that otherwise may not have it, and the essential component of that […]

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North Idaho College Joins Groundbreaking College Transfer Network

Student now earn Passports enabling seamless transfer across state lines March 16, 2018, Boulder, CO – Thousands of students at North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d’Alene are in line for a big benefit that didn’t exist when they first enrolled – a Passport allowing them to seamlessly transfer to any campus to which they […]

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No Longer Awarding D’s Increases Transfer Success Rates

The Interstate Passport program requires students to earn a C or equivalent in all Passport Block courses in order to be awarded a Passport. It turns out that’s a good idea not just for students academically, but also for institution transfer rates. A recent article in Inside Higher Ed reports how faculty and advisors at […]

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Ready for Work? Not so Fast….

A new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), reviewed in the February 23 edition of Inside Higher Ed, cites the discrepancy between students’ ratings of their proficiencies and ratings by employers. The report expresses concern that “employers see skill gaps in key areas where college students don’t think gaps exist.” In […]

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New Approaches to General Education and the Interstate Passport

Both of the recent Inside Higher Ed articles summarized above describe general education innovations that are not likely to fit neatly into course-and-credit based equivalency systems for students who transfer either to or from the institutions. For colleges and universities more dependent on either sending or receiving transfer students than those highlighted in the article, […]