June 2014, Volume 18, Number 2

Features

Juan Mendieta and Michael Lewis
Editor Michael Lewis, right, presented Miami Today’s 2014 Gold Medal to Miami Dade College. MDC Communications Director Juan Mendieta, left, received the award on behalf of the College.

Awards Keep Flowing In

At the forefront of ensuring that students achieve their academic and career dreams, Miami Dade College has once again garnered prestigious national awards.

The Student Success Award of Excellence recently was conferred upon Miami Dade College by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Miami Dade College was chosen for the highly competitive honor from more than 1,200 colleges across the nation. This distinction com-plements the inaugural AACC Award of Excellence in Advancing Diversity that MDC received last year.

Proof positive of this success, in May, MDC celebrated the accomplishments of nearly 15,000 of its most recent graduates during five commencement ceremonies (see Pages 1 and 14-17). MDC’s 2014 graduation rate represents a 55 percent increase in bachelor’s degrees awarded over last year, a 35 percent increase in vocational certificates, a 23 percent increase in associate in arts degrees, and an 11 percent increase in associate in science degrees.

Miami Dade College, which is the nation’s largest and most diverse institute of higher education, also recently was named No. 1 in the United States for Latino Enrollment in rankings released in a “Latino College Completion” report by Washington-based think tank Excelencia in Education. MDC also ranked No. 1 in Two-Year Degrees awarded to Latinos or Hispanics.

“MDC has not only been an anchor for affordable and quality education, but also has improved the quality of life for multiple generations of South Florida residents,” said Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, a national champion for education equity who also serves as chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. “Our programs, from the liberal arts to technical fields, receive national recognition and our students have transferred to top universities at unprecedented rates.”

Adding to these laurels, Miami Today gave MDC its 2014 Gold Medal, which is awarded to one local organization that has made outstanding contributions to the Greater Miami community. Miami Dade College was specifically selected for this top honor based on its long list of nationally-recognized awards received in the past year, including the Exemplar Institution Award from the Institute of Higher Education Policy, a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award from the Florida Department of Education, a Learning and Teaching Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation, two Model of Efficiency Awards from University Business magazine, and its fifth consecutive Great Colleges to Work For distinction from The Chronicle of Higher Education.


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