At a signing ceremony with NOVA students on September 14, Annandale Interim Provost Charlotte Calobrisi signed a pledge to help NOVA students complete their degrees within four years. She was also the first to sign the “Commit to Completion” banner displayed in CG Building. The next day, President Scott Ralls visited the Campus and added his name to the banner.
The effort is spearheaded by Phi Theta Kappa international student honor society, in association with five other national organizations representing the nation’s 1,200 two-year colleges, including the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees.
“Many thanks to the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on the Annandale Campus for sponsoring the signing event of the Community College Completion Corps Challenge,” stated Calobrisi. “We were so delighted to have Dr. Ralls participate and join the students who signed the pledge to complete a college credential.”
“The Community College Commit to Completion Challenge is as much about process and culture as it is about the end result of increasing the number of credentials or degrees earned,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Phi Theta Kappa national executive director. “We must prepare students to become lifelong learners. We need a culture that values excellence, where being smart is ‘cool.’ This is a call to action to our community colleges, and our nation’s economic prosperity and democracy are hanging in the balance.”
Administrators, faculty and staff members who sign the pledge become part of the “Community College Completion Corps” and commit to changing the emphasis in community colleges from access only to student success, eliminating attainment gaps and mentoring and encouraging students toward college completion.