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ERIC Number: ED540128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Overview of State Policies on Lower-Division General Education Core in the WICHE States. Interstate Passport
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
The WICHE Interstate Passport Initiative, launched in October 2011, is a pilot project that addresses interstate student transfer. When students transfer from one postsecondary institution to another--both within and out of state--they may be required to repeat courses, which can add to the time and cost of completing their education. Although most states have implemented intrastate policies aimed at streamlining pathways to graduation, these policies do not affect interstate transfer students. Working with five Western states--California, Hawai'i, North Dakota, Oregon, and Utah--the Passport initiative attacks this issue toward the goal of improving graduation rates, shortening time to degree, and saving students money. The Interstate Passport Initiative seeks to forge general education core transfer agreements between 28 institutions in the five partner states based on the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes, a quartet of targets that a college curriculum should aim to foster in students in order to prepare them for work, life, and strong citizenship. One of the Passport initiative's main goals is to provide data and information for understanding the status of the general education core and its relationship to state transfer policies and patterns in the 15 WICHE states, the numbers of students who transfer among the WICHE states, the role of outcomes in defining the core, and the process by which change in policy occurs in each pilot state. This document provides an overview on the current policies around the lower-division general education core in the WICHE states and presents the general education credits required in each state. By examining the existing policies and conducting this pilot project, this document hopes to highlight particular policies or practices that may be effective models for exploration and replication by other states; identify where some strategies might need to change in order to support the new transfer framework; and pinpoint likely places where the Passport Initiative may be expanded. (Contains 2 tables.)
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: California; Hawaii; North Dakota; Oregon; Utah