Best Practices: TCC increases 2013 graduates with Grad Blitz calling campaign

Tulsa Community College is leading by example to ensure that more students earn certificates of achievement and degrees. Team Blue member Kayla Harding and Team White member Taylor Clenney were among 32 Tulsa Community College employees who volunteered to make phone calls this spring to students who are close to graduation. As a result of the phone calling competition, called Grad Blitz, TCC is expecting more graduates this year.

Volunteers who were randomly placed on either the Blue Team or the White Team made 1,671 phone calls to remind students that in order to graduate, they must file for graduation. Through research, TCC has found that some students are under the assumption that after they complete the required classes for a degree or certificate, graduation is automatic. However, that is not the case. Every potential graduate must file for graduation.

Grad Blitz is one of the many ways TCC is actively participating in the Complete College America initiative, a national nonprofit organization established to increase the number of Americans who hold college credentials and close completion gaps for traditionally underrepresented groups.

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