The Interstate Passport

North Dakota

Passport State Facilitator

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Thomas B. Steen
Professor Emeritus
Past Director of Essential Studies Program
University of North Dakota
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Tom Steen is the Director of Essential Studies, the University of North Dakota’s program in general education. Tom was appointed as the first Essential Studies director when the program was implemented in 2008, and he frequently speaks and writes about GE issues such as program design, student learning assessment, and transfer policy. Tom also served as the president of the North Dakota General Education Council in its initial year, co-led the state’s work in the AAC&U’s Quality Collaboratives project, and is now serving his second term on the Executive Council of the Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS). He received his education at Calvin College (A.B.), University of Oregon (M.S.), and the Ohio State University (Ph.D.). Tom’s academic specialty is teacher education for physical education; he is also a Professor at UND in Kinesiology and Public Health, as well as Interim Associate Dean in the College of Education & Human Development.

Passport Learning Outcomes Team Members

Transfer Level Proficiency Criteria Team Members

Participating Institutions - Phase II


Lake Region State College
North Dakota State University
North Dakota State College of Science
Valley City State University