Trust and Tracking
Interstate Passport® is based on the tenets of faculty agreement and tracking students’ academic progress after transfer.
Interstate faculty teams – comprised of two-year and four-year faculty members from multiple states with expertise in each of the nine areas – reviewed, compared, and contrasted sets of learning outcomes submitted by representatives from participating institutions and then negotiated to arrive at an agreed-upon set of learning outcomes – the Passport Learning Outcomes (PLOs). This same negotiation process was used to develop the proficiency criteria, which are examples of current classroom assignments used by faculty to assess student proficiency.
Faculty members at an Interstate Passport network member institution agree with their colleagues at other Interstate Passport network member institutions to:
- Provide their respective students with appropriate learning opportunities addressing the PLOs;
- Assess these students’ proficiency in achieving the PLOs; and
- Award the Passport to students who have earned it.
As partners in student success, each institution also agrees to submit data on the academic performance of Passport students for two terms after earning the award, and non-Passport students who transfer to the institution for at least two terms after transfer. Registrars and institutional research representatives from institutions participating in the program’s development devised the processes for recording the Passport on student records, and for tracking and reporting the academic progress of Passport students.
At the end of each term, Interstate Passport Network member institutions submit data on Passport students to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), which provides two services to Network members. The first is PassportVerify by which member institutions are able to query NSC to find out if an incoming transfer student has earned the Passport and if so, where and when, helping to ensure that these students’ learning is recognized. Through the second service – Academic Progress Tracking – NSC sorts and aggregates de-identified student-level data provided by Network receiving institutions to produce and deliver reports to Network sending institutions about the academic progress of their former students for use in continuous improvement efforts, as well as to provide a composite report to the Passport Review Board, the program’s policy-making body, for use in evaluating the program’s overall effectiveness.