According to MCC PTK advisor Shannon Schaben, President Barack Obama and higher education leaders have pledged to boost college completion rates by 50 percent over the next 10 years. Phi Theta Kappa is heading the Community College Completion Corps -- the student-led initiative to raise awareness of the importance of college completion, not only for students but for colleges and the communities they serve. Pearson Higher Education is proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to promote completion awareness through their sponsorship of the "Commit to Complete" initiative.
Schaben noted that 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.
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.