CNM Student Group Urges Fellow Students to ‘Commit to Complete’
Alpha Upsilon Chi, CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), hosted a mass pledge drive on Sept. 20 outside of the cafeteria in the Student Services Center on Main Campus.
Similar pledges happened at community colleges around the country as part of the national “Commit to Complete” initiative sponsored by PTK and the Community College Completion Corps.
“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,” said CNM student Tracy LaForteza, who is also the Alpha Upsilon Chi president. “We want CNM students to pledge they will complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving our college to transfer to a four-year college or to enter the job market.”
Alpha Upsilon Chi officers were on hand at the pledge site, where students committed to obtaining their associate degree or certificates by signing a large banner and a personal pledge card. Students who pledged were given a bracelet that displayed their commitment.
CNM faculty and staff were also asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to help students graduate.
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. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was the only student organization asked to participate. The honor society 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 five 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 rated 16th among industrialized countries in the percentage of citizens holding higher education credentials. New Mexico ranks 40th among states in the U.S. for higher education attainment.