Interstate Passport Briefing

Learn how one member institution is advising students on Interstate Passport

DeAnn Johnson, North Idaho College

DeAnn Johnson serves as the academic advisor for completion and transferability at North Idaho College (NIC). In this position she advises students in coursework required for their intended transfer institution degree requirements to meet their career goals. Working together with staff and faculty, NIC has implemented Interstate Passport on its campus via its college catalog and advising materials. As students identify educational paths, they also learn how to earn a Passport along the way. In addition to advising students on the benefits of earning a Passport, Johnson also represents Idaho on the Interstate Passport Academic Advising Committee and presented to attendees at the Train-the-Trainer workshop for Academic Advisors at Interstate Passport Network (IPN) member institutions this year.

Johnson is an active member of the North Idaho Consortium of Higher Education (NICHE). It includes North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, University of Idaho, Boise State University, and Idaho State University. Johnson serves as chair of NICHE’s Student Service Task Force which focuses and creates shared student resources among consortium schools. Additionally, she sits on the NICHE Recruiting Task Force, representing higher education opportunities for North Idaho communities.

Johnson states that “Interstate Passport brings higher education institutions together, creating a collaborative network to benefit students in reaching their education goals. With an increasing number of college students transferring between schools, it is more important than ever make the most of their time, effort, and finances. Interstate Passport provides clear guidelines to assure quality standards for the participating schools. The resources provided to NIC for both students, and advisors, are easy to use and effective in facilitating the process. Working together, we can make a difference in the number of students obtaining their degrees, and achieving their dreams.”