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Mapping Learning Outcomes at USAFA

The United States Air Force Academy was established in 1954, and since that time the general education curriculum has been its defining characteristic – a single core curriculum with no academic majors. Since 2006, the Academy has undergone a process very similar to the development of the Interstate Passport framework: the development and assessment of […]

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The Future of Undergraduate Education

A new report from the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education examines the issues of most concern to students and higher education institutions. Two years in the making, The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America offers actionable recommendations for helping colleges of every type deal more effectively and efficiently with quality, affordability […]

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New Attention Being Paid to General Education

Two recent articles from Inside Education – very worthwhile reading – focus on general education and the efforts underway by several institutions to improve the curriculum to make it meaningful and rigorous. Too often students don’t understand the purpose of general education requirements and what they’re supposed to be learning. In response, Goucher College, Ripon […]

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Strategies for Effective Transfer Partnerships

The latest research report from Davis Jenkins and John Fink of the Community College Resource Center focuses on partnerships between two- and four-year institutions that enable community college entrants to transfer to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree. Takes Two To Tango: Essential Practices of Highly Effective Transfer Partnerships describes the process undertaken […]

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Q&A: Passport Quality Assurance

How are Interstate Passport institutions held accountable for the grade C minimum requirement of the Passport? One of the measures that assures the quality of the Passport awarded to students is a minimum grade requirement for Passport Block courses. In order to be awarded a Passport, a student must earn at least a C in […]

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APLU Calls for New Commitment to Student and Workforce Needs

A new report from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) urges public universities to not only help prepare students for success in life but also to address workforce needs and prepare students for successful professional careers. The report, Ready for Jobs, Career, and a Lifetime: Public Research Universities and Credentials that Count, offers several […]

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Why General Education?

A new essay by Passport State Coordinator Jane Sherman presents a compelling case for general education in American colleges and universities. The courses and credits that make up general education are different across the country, however, the goals that institutions are trying to attain through general education and the learning outcomes they want their students […]

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Where Students Go to College

A recent article in the New York Times reports that the number of out-of-state freshmen attending public colleges and universities has nearly doubled since 1986. The Great Out-of-State Migration: Where Students Go (August 26, 2017) presents 2014 data from the U.S. Department of Education that shows the flow of students for each state: the number […]

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New Interstate Passport Website

A newly designed and streamlined website for the Interstate Passport program was launched last week with improved navigation and graphics. The new site, created by Educational Marketing Group, an education consulting company based in Colorado, is targeted at network members and potential members as well as students. The new site was launched in conjunction with […]