Interstate Passport Briefing

University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu awards first Passports

In April, the University of Hawaiʻi–West O‘ahu awarded its very first Interstate Passports to 815 students who completed the course requirements during the Fall 2018 semester. UH West O‘ahu and Leeward Community College piloted the Interstate Passport initiative within the University of Hawaiʻi System over the past five years and have now moved ahead with implementation.

“Receiving the Passport reconfirmed my commitment to my educational goals,” UH West Oʻahu student Pearlena Stone, a senior majoring in Social Sciences/Psychology said. “Being told by your current institution that course(s) that you have taken at your previous institution do not meet their general requirements is stressful and can be a financial burden. I’m glad that my current and past institutions are working together to make the transition for transfer students less troublesome.” 

Students receiving their Passport designation were alerted through an email in early April. It stated, in part, that they “have achieved a milestone in your academic pathway in higher education and have demonstrated an impressive level of proficiency in foundational skills, knowledge of concepts, teamwork, and critical thinking.”

“This passport recognizes your fulfillment of our general education core and that the learning achieved is consistent with the learning outcomes expected of students at all other Interstate Passport Network colleges and universities.”

Passport will provide options to those whose life changes pull them away from their Hawaiʻi home. The other eight UH campuses are working towards implementing Interstate Passport so that they can join UH West O‘ahu and Leeward CC in this student-centered initiative!

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