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.
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.
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.
Academic Advisors, who play an active role in serving students at member and prospective member institutions in the Interstate Passport Network, convened September 18-19 in Boulder, CO. The purpose of this workshop was for attendees to learn about the current status of Interstate Passport and how the program assists students through the transfer process.
In its second academic year (2017-18) of implementation, 11,034 students were awarded Passports based on data submitted by 14 participating institutions to the National Student Clearinghouse. Additional institutions are still expected to report. For now, this brings the total number of Passports officially awarded to 23,631 after two years of full implementation.
The Interstate Passport Network is pleased to welcome College of the Siskiyous as its newest member. College of Siskiyous is a community college located at the base of Mount Shasta in the northern California town of Weed and has an enrollment of over 5,000 students. It is the second member institution from the state of California. Superintendent/President of the College of the Siskiyous Dr.