Meet Beverly Meinzer who is an instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB). Since 2003, her main responsibilities have included teaching courses in chemistry and physical science, as well as serving as a faculty advisor to about 70 students. In addition, she is a member of Curriculum Committee and was committee chair for the past five years.
Interstate Passport® Briefing
The Interstate Passport Briefing is a monthly newsletter that presents information on program activities, member institutions, research and reports on student transfer, and upcoming conferences, presentations and webinars.
Though institutions and organizations are working to improve student transfer, there are still challenges in particular around equity. Several reports from the Community Colleges Research Initiative on transfer partnerships provide insight and recommendations to address these challenges.
The Interstate Passport Review Board will hold its annual meeting in Boulder, Colorado, January 31, 2019 – February 1, 2019. The Board consists of the Passport State Facilitator from each member state -- Arkansas, California, Idaho, Hawaii, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming -- as well as transfer, learning outcomes, institutional research, evaluation, and state policy experts.
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.
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.
Jody Owen is director of South Dakota State University’s First Year Advising Center and coordinator for University Academic Advising. In her position, Owen is very aware of the challenges facing students today as they navigate their program plans of study toward a four-year degree. The Center works to educate students on the best options to fit their academic needs. One of those options is earning a Passport.