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Miami Dade College Forges New Alliance with the University of Maryland University College

MDC Forges New Alliance with the University of Maryland University College

Miami, July 10, 2008 - Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, presidents of the nation’s top two largest higher education institutions, signed an articulation agreement today to enhance educational opportunities for students. The new collaborative agreement between Miami Dade College (MDC) and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will ensure MDC associate degrees will be accepted in full transfer and that competitive transfer scholarship assistance will be available.  

“This partnership is instrumental not just because it comprises the top two higher education institutions in the United States but because we have a common passion for students and we want them to achieve the best for their lives,” said UMUC President Dr. Aldridge during a very cogent speech just prior to the signing.
The agreement with UMUC provides assurance that the MDC associate of science degree programs will articulate with the UMUC Bachelor of Science degree programs, including Management Studies, Computer Studies, and a variety of majors in Social Sciences (economics, sociology, government, political science, criminal justice, gerontology, and behavior science).  MDC associate of arts graduates will be able to pursue Bachelor of Arts programs in the fine arts and humanities, including art history, dance, music, history, literature, philosophy, and theatre.   

The UMUC joins more than 60 universities nationwide and internationally that have established agreements with MDC to provide a seamless path for transferring students.  This includes agreements with Smith College, the University of Wisconsin, Mount Holyoke College, Fisk University and all the public and many of the private colleges and universities in Florida.

With its open-door admissions policy, MDC provides accessible, affordable and high-quality education by keeping students’ needs at the center of decision-making and creating partnerships within its dynamic, multicultural community. The college’s Associate in Arts degree program includes more than 80 areas of concentration and is designed to prepare students for further study at four-year institutions. The Associate in Science program and numerous short-term career certificate programs prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. MDC is also accredited to offer baccalaureate degree programs in education, public safety management and nursing.
Founded in 1947, the UMUC is one of 11 accredited, degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM). Offering a broad range of cutting-edge classes, UMUC has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence as a comprehensive virtual university and for focusing on the unique educational and professional development needs of adult students.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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