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Phi Theta Kappa to Host “Commit to Completion” Signing at Murray State College

4/7/2014

Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate.

And that's exactly what students at Murray State College are promising to do -- signing a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty and staff have also been asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

On April 30 at the Murray State campus at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore, and May 1 at the Murray State Tishomingo campus, students will gather to sign the completion pledge, part of a national community college movement. The event is being hosted by the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Challenge, a national education initiative. Learn more at www.cccompletioncorps.org .

This event is part of Murray State College’s efforts to encourage student retention. Once a student has signed a Commitment to Complete pledge, they will be given the choice to sign a Murray State College Phi Theta Kappa banner. This banner will serve as a reminder to students that they are working towards something that is important to them. Upon graduating a student will have a star placed beside their name, this star will signify the grand accomplishment a student has achieved and will also help encourage others to do the same as well.

In April 2010 leaders of six national organizations representing the nation's 1,200 community colleges signed The Call to Action, a pledge to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was the only student organization asked to participate. Phi Theta Kappa launched the Community College Completion Corps in response to this call.

At the 2010 White House Summit for Community Colleges President Obama called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of a goal to restore the United States as the world's leader in college graduates. The U.S. is now ranked 16th among industrialized countries in the percentage of citizens holding higher education credentials.

Students who complete their degrees or certificates will earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not complete. In addition, individuals with credentials are less likely to become unemployed than their co-workers who did not earn credentials.

Pearson is proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to promote completion awareness through their sponsorship of the C4 Toolkit used by chapters to plan events on their campuses. Learn more about Pearson at www.pearsonhighered.com .

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. Learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at www.ptk.org .

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