Interstate Passport  News 

Time for Passport Awards and Data Submission

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.


Where Students Go to College

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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 who leave for college elsewhere, and the number of students coming in from other states.

New Legislation in Oregon and Virginia Focuses on Transfer


New laws in Oregon and Virginia, both seeking to improve graduation rates and in-state transfer between two-year and four-year institutions, have some elements similar to the Interstate Passport – namely, allowing students to transfer without losing credits for completed work, or having to repeat successfully completed coursework.


Oregon Seeks to Improve Instate Transfer


New Report: State of American Higher Education Outcomes


A new report from Third Way, a public policy and advocacy organization, makes urgent the need for an effective and affordable higher education system – stating that higher education “is now a necessity, not a luxury.” State of American Higher Education Outcomes by Michael Itzkowitz (July 2017) illustrates that achieving better postsecondary outcomes must be a priority for policymakers.