by Jane Sherman, Passport State Coordinator
A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses a variety of partnerships and strategies that 2-Year and 4-Year institutions are utilizing to better serve students in the transfer process. More than a third of college students transfer at least once, but 43 percent of the credits they earn are lost in the process, according to a report issued last year by the federal Government Accountability Office.
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 access is transfer.
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 Stanly Community College in Albermarle, North Carolina recognized that students who received grades lower than C were not succeeding in higher education.
We are pleased to welcome Anna Galas as the new Program Manager for the Interstate Passport program. Anna takes over duties from Cathy Walker, who is retiring at the end of March. Anna is now a full-time staff member at WICHE – she has been providing consulting services as the database coordinator for the WICHE Internet Course Exchange program since 2014. In addition, Galas was the Program Manager for NEXus:The Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus), administered by the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) at Oregon Health and Science University.
The Interstate Passport Network is pleased to welcome North Idaho College as a new member. NIA is a community college in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with over 6,000 students enrolled. It is the first member institution from the State of Idaho and has participated in development activities over the past two years. Sherry Simkins serves as the College's Passport Institution Liaison.
Attention Interstate Passport Registrars and Institutional Researchers: If you have not already done so, please submit your data report to the National Student Clearinghouse on Passports awarded for the fall 2017 term. You may submit the Passport Completion data file to NSC reporting the number of Passports awarded.
Interstate Passport is a program that facilitates block transfer of students’ lower-division general education attainment based on learning outcomes via its network of regionally accredited nonprofit member institutions nationwide. Interstate Passport does not guarantee the experience of individual students, guarantee the quality of specific courses, nor compare or rank institutions. Interstate Passport is based at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education—a 501c3 regional compact, located in Boulder, Colo., whose research, policy, and program work serves higher education throughout and beyond the American West.
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