GPA Updates Log

Graduation Pledge Alliance –4th Update for 2006-2007, January 24th, 2007

Greetings everyone!  I hope you all had some good holidays, and are ready to get back to work for the spring.  Soon commencement will be here and it’s important to start implementing your Pledge strategy so you’ll be all ready for graduation. 

Our website ( has undergone a facelift, so be sure to check that out soon.  Two other things you might want to take a look at while there are the timeline piece ( and the “steps” piece (  You might think of it as a template for your school if you’re having some trouble getting started.  You might also find the attached “Top 10” piece helpful as well. 

Some of you may have forgotten, or didn’t know to begin with, but the Pledge has a Yahoo! Group.   This is a place for suggestions, idea sharing, and questions.  In a sense, it is a way for you to become Pledge leaders! I sent out a message recently, so if you did not receive it then you are not on the list.  If you’d like to be put on the list serve, reply to this address and write “Add to Grad pledge group” in the subject line.  Oh, and don’t worry about getting too many messages, as it is in a “digest” format (only one email a day, if that).  Also, if you would like to post anything to the group, send your message to this email address:    

Sometime in May, we here at the head office will be sending all of you a year-end report to fill out.  Some information that you will need to have for this is the number of signers you had, how you promoted the Pledge, what organizations were involved, and also a list of Pledge signer’s emails (personal, not school) so that we can keep in contact with them as Pledge alums.  The main item you will need to have is a contact for next year, but some other items you might need to prepare for are a list of email addresses of signers, number of signers, what activities you did, and so on.  It’s a good idea to look over this from now, so you can prepare this information.  To preview the report form, go here:  

A new feature we would like to have to make our updates more interesting is a profile of schools in our network.  Each update would include information about particular schools involved in the Pledge, and would allow Pledge organizers the opportunity to promote their school as an example for others to follow.  If anyone is interested in this, send in a few paragraphs about your school for consideration, and we’ll try to include it in one of the upcoming updates.

 For those of you who are interested in Business Ethics, the International Business Ethics Institute is a 501 (c) (3) private, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and dialogue on business ethics.  The Institute publishes the International Business Ethics Review; which addresses the most pressing issues in international business ethics and presents practical and responsible solutions to such challenges.  Articles are available free-of-charge at  The Institute also has a very cool internship program that allows students to improve their knowledge and understanding of the field of business ethics and corporate responsibility: .   

That’s it for now.  Let’s get to work!

On behalf of Neil,

Zach Burton

The Graduation Pledge Alliance