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April 26, 2016

New program recognizes high school seniors’ plans for college, military service
Missouri Department of Higher Education launches statewide Decision Day program

High schools across the state will celebrate their seniors’ plans for higher education or military service during Decision Day, a new statewide program sponsored by the Department of Higher Education.

Decision Day events are held nationwide on or around May 1 – the date by which most high school seniors must notify a college of their plans to enroll.  Decision Day was inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day when student athletes sign a letter of intent to play sports at a specific college.

The department launched Missouri’s Decision Day program this year to recognize students who have finalized their plans for education and training beyond high school.

The event also provides information to assist seniors who are still considering higher education but have not applied to college or enrolled in classes. For younger students, Decision Day emphasizes the importance of planning for higher education.

“Students who plan ahead often have more options for higher education and are ready to make a decision by May 1 – which gives them sufficient time to arrange for housing and transportation and take care of other details essential to completing a certificate or degree,” said Leroy Wade, interim commissioner for higher education. “Decision Day is one way we can encourage students to finalize and follow through on their plans to pursue higher education.”

Sixty-one schools in Missouri have registered to host Decision Day events. Activities will vary at each school but will include assemblies, guest speakers and social media events. The department provides technical assistance and promotional materials to participating schools.

Decision Day is one of three Journey to College programs sponsored by the department to help Missouri students plan and pay for higher education.