California Community Colleges

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 12:00pm MT

Robert Turner
Passport State Coordinator, WICHE

Thomas Krabacher
Professor of Geography, California State University, Sacramento

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 12:00pm MT

The Interstate Passport Initiative is a grassroots effort, conceived by university and community college chief academic leaders in 2010, to develop a new friction-free framework for block transfer of lower-division general education based on transfer level learning outcomes and proficiency criteria. At these academic leaders’ request, WICHE manages this multi-state effort as it rolls out the framework in phases.


Robert Turner, Passport State Coordinator, WICHE

Robert “Bob” Turner retired in June 2011 after four years as Oregon University System assistant vice chancellor for academic standards and collaborations. He worked with Oregon’s public universities, statewide faculty senate, and K‐12 and community college leadership on student learning and student transitions among educational institutions. Turner received a B.S. in biology from Seattle University and a Ph.D. in embryology from the University of Oregon, and taught and conducted biology research for over 30 years. He is an emeritus professor of biology at Western Oregon University, where he was honors program director and interim dean of liberal arts and sciences.

Thomas Krabacher, Professor of Geography, California State University, Sacramento

Thomas Krabacher has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the California State University, Sacramento for over 25 years. His academic interests are in the areas of population/demographics and climate change, particularly as they apply to Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Mali, and South Africa. For the past decade Krabacher has also served on the statewide Academic Senate of the CSU, with responsibility for monitoring higher education legislation at the state level. He received his BS and MA from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis.

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