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LWC Student Joins '15 To Finish' Statewide Campaign

Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014 [4:34 PM]

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LWC student Emily Ramage speaks Wednesday at the launch of Kentucky's
"15 to Finish" campaign in the Capitol Rotunda as Council on Postsecondary Education
President Robert L. King, left, and Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson look on.


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College student Emily Ramage of Columbia took part Wednesday in a statewide campaign urging college students to finish college in a minimal amount of time.


Dubbed "15 to Finish," the campaign urges full-time college students to complete a full 15-credit schedule each semester, or 30 credits a year, the standard course load that will allow students to graduate on-time in four years.


Ramage -- who is a communication and Christian ministries major -- represented the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, which is part of the statewide campaign.


The "15 to Finish" campaign will promote the benefits of completing a full course schedule, which include saving time and money, and getting into the workforce sooner. The launch took place in the Capitol Rotunda and included remarks by Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson and higher education officials. Ramage was one of two current college students who are on track to graduate in four years who made remarks.


Ramage said she made the choice to take a minimum of 15 hours each semester during her college career because even though she loves college life at LWC, "I viewed staying in more than four years as a speed bump to my future."


Ramage said she will finish on time despite having to help her mother through chemotherapy and being active in a number of campus activities during her college career.


The "15 to Finish" campaign is a collaborative project of Kentucky's colleges and universities and the Council on Postsecondary Education.


"Kentucky's nonprofit, private colleges and universities have always emphasized timely graduation so that students can move on to the workforce or to graduate school or whatever's next," said AIKCU President Gary S. Cox. "We're happy to join CPE and our friends at KCTCS and the public universities to spread this message to students and families throughout the commonwealth."


While the private colleges in Kentucky have an aggregate six-year graduation rate that is  roughly comparable to the public universities, students are currently more likely to graduate in four years from a private college. Three out of four first-time, full-time students who graduate from a Kentucky private college do so in four years.


The "15 to Finish" campaign is a key strategy of a larger student success effort to increase high-quality degrees and credentials, increase graduation rates and close achievement gaps in Kentucky.


The initiative is part of a nationwide effort promoted by Complete College America, an organization whose mission is to increase the number of Americans with career certificates or college degrees.


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LWC  student Emily Ramage of Columbia, right, speaks Wednesday with State Sen.
Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello, Ky., at the launch of Kentucky's "15 to Finish"
campaign in the Capitol Rotunda. Gregory's 16th Senate District includes Adair County.

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