The United States Air Force Academy was established in 1954, and since that time the general education curriculum has been its defining characteristic – a single core curriculum with no academic majors. Since 2006, the Academy has undergone a process very similar to the development of the Interstate Passport framework: the development and assessment of a single set of institution-wide outcomes based on the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes.
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.
The latest research report from Davis Jenkins and John Fink of the Community College Resource Center focuses on partnerships between two- and four-year institutions that enable community college entrants to transfer to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree. Takes Two To Tango: Essential Practices of Highly Effective Transfer Partnerships describes the process undertaken to identify cross-sector partnerships that are high performers for transfer success.
A new essay by Passport State Coordinator Jane Sherman presents a compelling case for general education in American colleges and universities. The courses and credits that make up general education are different across the country, however, the goals that institutions are trying to attain through general education and the learning outcomes they want their students to achieve turn out to be very similar at many colleges and universities. The Interstate Passport is built around the general education core because that is the common element of degree programs.
A new report from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) urges public universities to not only help prepare students for success in life but also to address workforce needs and prepare students for successful professional careers. The report, Ready for Jobs, Career, and a Lifetime: Public Research Universities and Credentials that Count, offers several recommendations for public universities to help better prepare their graduates.
The Interstate Passport Review will hold its annual meeting in Boulder, Colorado, February 1-2, 2018. The Board consists of the Passport State Facilitator from each member state -- Arkansas, California, Hawaii, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming -- as well as transfer, learning outcomes and state policy experts.
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.
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 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
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.
A newly designed and streamlined website for the Interstate Passport program was launched last week with improved navigation and graphics. The new site, created by Educational Marketing Group, an education consulting company based in Colorado, is targeted at network members and potential members as well as students. The new site was launched in conjunction with our marketing campaign intended to reach two- and four-year institutions nationwide.