Financial Support

“The Interstate Passport has the potential to dramatically streamline the transfer landscape in the West and nationally. Five funders – Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education – have supported the program’s development. Their investments, leveraged by the participation of hundreds of faculty and academic and administrative leaders in the West and WICHE staff, have shaped its framework and processes. Thousands of students will benefit as more institutions join the Passport Network.”

Jere Mock, WICHE Vice President of Programs & Services

Interstate Passport® has been developed and rolled out in phases with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and a First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It is managed by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), one of four regional compacts established by the U.S. Congress in the 1950s to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise in the higher education community.

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ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.

Carnegie Corporation of New York is a philanthropic foundation created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to do “real and permanent good in this world.” Current priorities in the foundation’s Urban and Higher Education program include upgrading the standards and assessments that guide student learning, improving teaching, ensuring that effective teachers are well deployed in our nation’s schools and promoting innovative new school and system designs.

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to ensuring that all students in the United States have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. The Postsecondary Success program aims to dramatically increase the number of young people who obtain a postsecondary degree or certificate with labor-market value. The Foundation invests in programs with a common aim: to strengthen the connection between teacher and student. It works with educators, policymakers, parents and communities to expand and accelerate successful programs and identify innovative new solutions that can help unlock students’ potential.

The U.S. Department of Education First in the World (FITW) program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities and first-generation students.