About the Initiative
The Interstate Passport Initiative is a grassroots-originated effort by academic leaders in the WICHE states to advance policies and practices supporting friction-free transfer for students in the region. Under the umbrella of this initiative would be a set of related regional projects which would take place during an approximate five-year time span. Participation at the institution, system, or state levels would be purely voluntary. Some may choose to participate in some projects, not in others, or none at all. WICHE serves as the facilitator for this initiative.
The idea for the Interstate Passport Initiative arose out of a discussion by the members of the executive committee for the 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, 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.
For more information about the Passport Project's history, current phase, and where it is headed please follow the appropriate link:
- Passport Overview
- Phase I/Pilot Stage
- Phase II
- Organizational Structure
- Governance Structure