The Passport to College Program has been in existence since 2007 and after 10 years, the program was updated and expanded during the 2017-18 academic year. This summer and fall, colleges are signing back up to participate in the next 2-year program cycle.
All Passport campuses are required to develop a programmatic plan that outlines their strategies for supporting Passport scholars – this is referred to as the viable plan. Colleges are provided with templates for the narrative and budget sections to help structure their planning, but while there is a standardized format, campuses have flexibility to align the content of their plan to their specific goals, existing programs and policies, and students’ needs.
The viable plan template is composed of the following sections:
- Recruitment Plan
- Retention and Graduation Plan
- Connections with Regional Partners
- Financial Aid Awarding Practices
- Use of Supplemental Supports and Incentive Grant Funding
- Student Expectations
While the viable plan has been a component of the Passport program since its inception, developing strong plans is an area of emphasis in the next wave of implementation. This is a result of learning over the last ten years that plans that are tailored to the specific priorities and realities of specific campuses lead to more effective supports for students and therefore better outcomes.
Throughout this academic year the College Success Foundation Statewide Initiatives Team is going on the road to meet with participating colleges and support the development and implementation of viable plans. As we partner with campuses, learn what is working and what is challenging, and gather examples of draft plans, we will document our learning in the forthcoming viable plan blog series. Our goal is to highlight the work campuses are doing to develop strong plans – and to share those plans and lessons learned with other WPN members.