Interstate Passport Initiative
NDSU is a participating campus in the Interstate Passport Initiative sponsored by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The Interstate Passport Initiative is a project focused on improving graduation rates and shortening time to degree through more seamless transfer opportunities between select institutions in western states. Students who earn an Interstate Passport may transfer this Passport to any other participating institution.
The initial phase of the project specifically focuses on oral communication, written communication and quantitative literacy.
What is an Interstate Passport?
The Interstate Passport is earned when students complete select courses from NDSU’s general education requirement categories with a minimum grade of 'C' in each applicable course. Students who earn an Interstate Passport may transfer this Passport to any other participating institution. Upon transfer to another participating institution, students with an Interstate Passport will have their lower division general education outcomes considered complete in these disciplines, regardless of the institution's specific requirements. An Interstate Passport notation (or stamp) will be included on the NDSU transcript at the point of transfer.
What NDSU general education courses qualify me for an Interstate Passport?
The following outcome-based NDSU general education courses must have been completed in Spring Semester 2013 or later to earn an Interstate Passport:
Oral Communication (3 credits)
- COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
- COMM 111: Honors Public Speaking
Written Communication (6 credits)
- ENGL 110: College Composition I or
- ENGL 111: Honors Composition I or
- ENGL 112: ESL College Composition I
- ENGL 120: College Composition II or
- ENGL 121: Honors Composition II or
- ENGL 122: ESL Composition II
Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
- MATH 103: College Algebra or
- MATH 104: Finite Mathematics or
- MATH 146: Applied Calculus I or
- MATH 165: Calculus I or
- STAT 330: Introductory Statistics
How does it work?
When NDSU students earn an Interstate Passport, they will have a positive service indicator placed on their records alerting them to this status. If they wish to transfer to another participating institution, NDSU can "stamp" this Interstate Passport on the student's transcript (appears as an "academic milestone"). The receiving campus will acknowledge that the lower-division general education learning outcomes in these three categories are congruent with their institutional requirements and will transfer course credits accordingly.
More information about the Interstate Passport may be found at www.wiche.edu/passport/about.
Questions may be directed to NDSU Office of Registration and Records.