Interstate Passport®  Briefing 

Raising awareness across the state

South Dakota Board of Regents promotes Interstate Passport

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.

Meet the programmer analyst who is behind the data for Network member Utah State University

Kristi Swainston, Programmer Analyst for the Utah State University Registrar’s Office

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).

Interstate Passport at the National Association of Veteran Program Administrators Annual Conference

Interstate Passport at NAVPA Annual Conference

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.

Meet South Dakota State University’s director of its First Year Advising Center and coordinator for University Academic Advising

Jody Owen

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.

Interstate Passport hosts successful train-the-trainer workshop for academic advisors

Academic Advisors at Train the Trainer Workshop

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.

Over 11,000 students earn Passports in recent academic year

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.


College of the Siskiyous joins Interstate Passport Network!

College of the Siskiyous

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.