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Miami Dade College Number One in Nation in Awarding Associate Degrees to Blacks and Hispanics

Graduates at MDC Wolfson Campus

For more than two decades, MDC has maintained the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college or university in the country, with the largest Hispanic student enrollment and the third largest enrollment of African-American students.

Miami, July 25, 2008 - A report published recently in Community College Week, a biweekly newspaper that publishes news about two-year colleges, indicates Miami Dade College (MDC) is ranked first among community colleges in the U.S. in awarding associate degrees to both black and Hispanic students. In addition, the college is first overall in awarding the most associate degrees in all disciplines, to all students, regardless of race or ethnicity. The Community College Week analysis is based on statistical data provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

“MDC is the perennial leader in degree conferrals and we can be proud to be part of an institution that has contributed to the personal and professional development of more students than any other in the country,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. More than 1.5 million students have attended MDC since it opened its doors in 1960.

Over the years, MDC has been recognized for its excellence in a variety of areas including student achievement, faculty and administrative leadership, enrollment growth, and more. “These top rankings are a direct reflection of the strength, ingenuity and dedication of our faculty, staff and students, and I commend them and thank them for the integral role they’ve played in the College's and our community's continued success,” added Dr. Padrón. MDC has maintained the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college or university in the country, with the largest Hispanic student enrollment and the third largest enrollment of African-American students, for more than two decades.

 “Our enrollment of minority students is high due in large part to the demographics of our community,” said Dr. Joanne Bashford, MDC’s associate provost for institutional effectiveness. “However, we assertively reach out to all prospective students and do an excellent job of working with local high schools to help students make the critical decision to attend college and then hopefully to choose MDC as their college. In addition, college faculty and personnel place a premium on student success; helping students reach their educational goals.”

She continued, “Employing a diverse workforce and meeting the needs of our diverse student population are included in the goals and objectives of MDC’s strategic plan, as is identifying barriers and helping students succeed.”

In other degree disciplines, MDC remained in the top-tier – coming in first place for the most associate degrees awarded in both liberal arts and nursing; and in second place for awarding the most associate degrees in health.

Holding the nation’s top position in associate degrees conferred and graduating more blacks and Hispanics than any other college in the nation are accomplishments MDC officials believe boil down to one factor: student choice. “Our students tell us that location, cost, quality and reputation, and the specific programs offered by MDC are their primary reasons for choosing our college,” said Bashford.

For more information about this research and other statistics related to MDC, visit or call 305-237-7445. 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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