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About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College offers a wide range of programs designed to meet the needs of greater metropolitan Miami . The College offers four degree options and a wide range of occupational certificates and specialized programs. The Associate in Arts degree (A.A.), designed to prepare students for further study at four-year institutions, includes more than 80 areas of concentration. MDC maintains more than 60 transfer agreements with colleges and universities across the state and country, guaranteeing entry for MDC students who meet the entry criteria. The Associate in Science degree (A.S.), with more than 60 areas of study, prepares students for direct entry into the workforce. Our A.S. graduates take advantage of the College's numerous partnerships with innovative businesses throughout South Florida . In Fall 2003, MDC began enrolling students in baccalaureate degree programs (B.A. and B.S.) in education. These programs were designed to meet the community's need for educators by helping students enter the teaching profession. In addition to these degrees, the College offers numerous short-term occupational certificate programs, as well as courses of study to enhance career knowledge through continuing education. In the past five years, more than 50 new A.S. and certificate programs have been developed to meet the needs of Miami 's growth.

The Open-Door Policy
Miami Dade College 's open-door admissions policy provides educational opportunities to community residents and to national and international applicants. Anyone seeking to benefit from the degree or short-term certificate programs, or from the College's student and community services, is encouraged to enroll. The College welcomes all students regardless of sex, race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin or disability.

Admission is a simple process, requiring a completed application form and official transcripts of high school or college studies. International applicants have additional entrance requirements based on U.S. Immigration rules. Transfer students may receive credit for courses that equate to Miami Dade courses.

Mission Statement
The mission of Miami Dade College is to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality education by keeping the learner's needs at the center of decision-making and working in partnership with its dynamic, multicultural community.

Teaching/Learning Values
Miami Dade College 's mission derives its foundation from the values shared between teaching and learning. These education principles are listed below, with each value followed by a series of supporting statements.

I. Miami Dade College Values Learning.

To support this value, the College

  • creates an environment conducive to teaching and learning.
  • supports life-long learning.
  • encourages the free interchange of ideas and beliefs.
  • provides the resources necessary for teaching and learning.
  • employs qualified personnel to facilitate learning.
  • provides advisement and counseling to support the needs of students.
  • expects everyone to participate actively in the learning process.
  • addresses the learning needs of the community.
  • emphasizes communication skills.

I. Miami Dade College Values Change to Meet Educational Needs and to Imp rove Learning.

To support this value, the College

  • encourages and supports innovation and creativity.
  • responds to the changing educational needs of the community.
  • anticipates the future needs of the community.
  • supports faculty and staff development.

II. Miami Dade College Values Access While Maintaining Quality.

To support this value, the College

  • provides supportive services to assist students in meeting their educational goals.
  • offers students prescriptive learning opportunities.
  • provides occupational education which prepares the graduate to work at levels expected by the community.
  • expects students to meet defined standards.
  • provides academic programs which prepare the graduate to succeed in upper-division learning.
  • provides educational opportunities for personal development.
  • structures the admissions process to encourage enrollment.
  • provides a variety of scholar ships and financial aid programs.

IV. Miami Dade College Values Diversity in Order to Broaden Understanding and Learning.

To support this value, the College

  • respects individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • provides role models.
  • offers interdisciplinary educational programs.
  • provides programs and opportu­nities for student growth.
  • teaches students about the cultural, economic, political and social environments in which they live.
  • helps students to understand themselves and others.
  • sponsors academic organizations and extracurricular activi­ties.
  • respects and responds to students' different learning styles.
  • espects and accepts different teaching styles.

V Miami Dade College Values Individuals.

To support this value, the College

  • encourages a positive attitude toward teaching and learning.
  • stresses honesty and integrity.
  • expects all individuals to interact.
  • communicates accurately and promptly.
  • recognizes the importance of prior learning and experience.
  • develops realistic expectations for all individuals.
  • publishes explicit performance expectations for faculty, staff and administrators.
  • publishes explicit performance expectations for students.
  • rewards achievement.

VI. Miami Dade College Values a Systematic Approach to Decision-Making.

To support this value, the College

  • collects accurate and current data.
  • assesses the community's learning needs.
  • measures students' abilities upon entry to the institution.
  • assesses programs' effectiveness.
  • provides feedback to assist in meeting standards.
  • evaluates students' progress throughout their careers at Miami Dade College.
  • encourages individuals to be aware of relevant current research.
  • surveys students' perceptions about courses, programs and the teaching/learning environment.
  • uses the expertise of the faculty to improve the teaching/learning process.

VI. Miami Dade College Values Its Partnership With The Community.

To support this value, the College

  • provides accessible campus and outreach centers.
  • cooperates with other educational systems.
  • supports activities that enrich the community.
  • plans educational programs with business and industry to promote the economic development of the community.
  • increases the community's awareness of College programs and activities.

Vision Statement

Miami Dade College is committed to being a college of excellence, renowned for its:

  • Satisfied, well-prepared students who, through their extraordinarily positive experience at MDC, have acquired the needed knowledge and skills to be successful in their ongoing academic and career pursuits.
  • Empowered employees working within an environment that encourages creativity, risk-taking and accountability, who apply their individual and collective talents to fulfill the College's mission.
  • Highly supportive community that recognizes the significant impact of MDC's educational and training programs.
  • Effective use of adequate resources to enable programs to flourish and the talents of people to emerge.

Source: College Catalog 4/20/2006

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