April 2010, Volume 14, Number 2


MDC wins Compact Award


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Often lauded for its distinctive Learning Outcomes initiative, Miami Dade College has been honored with the College Board’s CollegeKeys Compact 2010 Innovation Award. The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association with the mission of connecting students to college success and opportunity, and is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations.The College won in the "Getting Through" category. Three exceptional initiatives — one each in the categories of Getting Ready, Getting In, and Getting Through — received special recognition for innovation and demonstrated efficacy in increasing the percentage of low-income students who get ready for, get into or get through college successfully.

MDC began this initiative with support from the U.S. Department of Education so the College could help students achieve success in every aspect of their lives. The program ensures that the curriculum focuses student learning in several important areas, including communications, technology, ethics, history, civics, and the environment, among others. As a result, students gain valuable skills; they communicate more effectively, use creative and critical thinking to review and resolve problems, learn to research and evaluate information and have a wider understanding of global issues.

"The Learning Outcomes developed by the MDC faculty go far beyond the critical, basic skills of communication and quantitative analysis," stated Dr. Pamela Menke, associate provost. "The outcomes reflect the values, attitudes and skills needed in this increasingly global and challenging world: critical reasoning, ethical practice, recognition of the human impact on the environment, civic and social responsibility, appreciation of the arts, and cultural and historical perspectives. They strengthen the MDC graduates’ ability no matter what major or interest area to transform themselves and the lives of their families and their communities."

The College’s Learning Outcomes initiative, which tracks students throughout their tenure at MDC, truly prepares graduates for succeeding in the real world…and for a life of continued and enthusiastic learning.

— BB

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