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 to achieve turn out to be very similar at many colleges and universities. The Interstate Passport is built around the general education core because that is the common element of degree programs.
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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 recommendations for public universities to help better prepare their graduates.
The Interstate Passport Review will hold its annual meeting in Boulder, Colorado, February 1-2, 2018. The Board consists of the Passport State Facilitator from each member state -- Arkansas, California, Hawaii, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming -- as well as transfer, learning outcomes and state policy experts.
With the end of the fall 2017 term approaching, Interstate Passport Network institutions will be preparing to award Passports and to report that information to the National Student Clearinghouse. In addition to the Passport Completion Data file on Passports awarded, registrars and institutional researchers are reminded to submit academic progress tracking information for students who had completed a term or more after earning the Passport as well as for students who transferred in with or without a Passport.