The Interstate Passport: A New Framework for Transfer

The Interstate Passport Initiative, based at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), has launched a new learning-outcomes-based framework for transfer with the goal of improving graduation rates, shortening time to degree, and saving students’ money. The new framework focuses on the lower-division general education core, the common denominator among institutions—concentrating on it as a whole, not on individual courses—and allows for a cross-border “match” of outcomes-integrated general education cores for block transfer. The Passport is being rolled out in phases; Phase I concluded in September 2013.

The academic areas included in the Passport are based on the Liberal Education and America’s Promise Essential Learning Outcomes (LEAP ELOs) developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and widely adopted by institutions across the country. 

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