Black Hills State University is a member of the Interstate Passport Network, which provides a framework for block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes in nine areas:
- Foundational skills: oral communication, written communication, quantitative literacy
- Knowledge of concepts: natural sciences, human cultures, creative expression, human society and the individual
- Crosscutting skills: critical thinking and teamwork/value systems.
Each network member institution has its own "passport block": a menu of lower-division general education courses and learning experiences by which a student can earn the passport. Students who complete BHSU's General Education requirements with a minimum grade of “C” or its equivalent in each course or learning experience will be awarded the passport by our institution. Those students who later transfer with a passport to another network institution will have their learning recognized; they will not have to repeat or take additional courses to satisfy lower-division general education requirements in the passport’s nine areas.
The passport offers students:
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- An early milestone on the way to a credential
- Advance knowledge that lower-division general education learning in the passport’s nine areas will be recognized upon transfer to another network institution
- The potential for faster time to degree, lower cost, less debt and lower foregone earnings from unduplicated learning
- A streamlined transfer process and a greater likelihood of successful transfer and completion