About Interstate Passport®
Interstate Passport® is a program that facilitates the transfer of student learning between higher education institutions participating in the Interstate Passport Network. The goals are to improve graduation rates among member institutions and to conduct research in the field of higher education, namely, reviewing and providing analysis of transfer students’ performance data for quality assurance. The program focuses on lower-division general education, the common denominator among most institutions—concentrating on it as a whole, not on individual courses—and allows for a cross-border “match” of outcomes-integrated general education for block transfer.
The idea for Interstate Passport arose out of a discussion by the members of the executive committee of the WICHE-based Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance) in July 2010. These members expressed concern about the difficulties their community college students face in transferring to four-year institutions. Sometimes these students have to repeat courses they have already taken, or take additional courses to satisfy lower-division general education requirements, costing them additional time and money. The committee suggested that a new transfer framework was needed—one that focused on learning outcomes, rather than contact hours. They asked that WICHE convene a meeting of the academic leaders in the Western states to discuss this idea.
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