Yesterday, I had the privilege of assisting with the induction ceremony for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Central Florida. As the immediate past chapter president, I did not participate in the ceremony itself, but managed the logistics and was able to talk with many families about the honor that their student had earned. There were some interesting conversations about what it means to earn membership in this highly selective honor society.
First, it means that the student excels as a test taker, reader, project manager, team member, writer, speaker, thinker and all those things that are required as a student.
Second, it means that as these students graduate and move into their careers, their accomplishments reflect back on their schools. Great employees and entrepreneurs come from great education. As these students improve their workplaces, their communities, and their fields of endeavor, they reflect that quality back.
Thus, their schools can claim quality students and earn the reputation of quality education, and that makes a degree from those schools more desired by employers. Graduates of those schools then benefit from the reputation of their university. Some will even receive higher starting salaries because of this reputation of excellence.
It’s a circle of quality, brought on by the collaboration of students, faculty, staff, families, and employers.
The next time you consider slacking off on an assignment, think about the big picture. If you work harder to be a better student, you learn more, your productivity on the job increases, and your degree may be worth more, even with a possibility of earning more money because of it.
But even beyond that, the next time you wonder whether to take the time to help another student learn, remember that their productivity also reflects on your degree!
Student Success Strategy #75: Make your degree worth more. Make it a win-win situation by promoting excellence among all students.