February 2015, Volume 19, Number 1


Carnegie Foundation Lauds MDC for Civic Engagement

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MDC has been awarded the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Miami Dade College recently received high praise for its academic initiatives when it was awarded the 2015 Community Engagement Classification, which is an elective classification that involves data collection and documentation of an institution’s mission, identity and commitment to community engagement. MDC is the only community college in Florida to earn this designation, and one of only 20 community colleges in the nation to do so.

“Earning the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification is the gold standard in higher education for civic engagement,” said Josh Young, director of MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy. “Our faculty, staff, students and college leadership are working hard to build stronger communities and create a new generation of involved, informed citizens who care about the common good and want to make a difference.”

MDC has been widely recognized for its long-standing commitment to community engagement through its wide-ranging endeavors such as the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, academic service-learning, the Earth Ethics Institute, MDCulture, Miami Book Fair International, extensive community-campus partnerships, and the commitment of MDC faculty to fostering civic engagement and civic responsibility as part of the teaching/learning process.

“These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions,” said John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and one of the leaders of the Community Engagement Classification process.

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