Carl Albert State College’s Phi Theta Kappa “Commit to Completion” Signing
Carl Albert State College’s “Commit to Completion” took place December 3, 2015. The Community College Completion Corps (C4) is an initiative to increase student completion rates by developing campus culture of completion. CASC Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Chapter Alpha Delta Lambda organized the event and signing at Carl Albert State College. Pictured are CASC PTK Advisor Marsha Caughern, CASC PTK President Rachel Carlile from Hugo, CASC PTK Contact Advisor Annette Staats, and Keynote speaker at the event, CASC Associate VP of Instruction Marc Willis.
CASC students gathered in the Dunlap Oval to sign the 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 all student credentials.
Staats stated, “We want to thank everyone who took part in the C4 signing event. The C4 banner will be in the Student Affairs office for a few more days for those unable to attend the signing event.”
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 and 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.
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. 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.