Miami Dade College Homepage > MDC in the News

Miami Dade College Earns 2009 State Department’s Chancellor’s Best Practice Award from the Florida Department of Education

FACC logo

Miami, November 13, 2009 - An innovative program designed by Miami Dade College (MDC) administrators to keep students from dropping out of college has nabbed the state’s highest honor: the Florida Department of Education 2009 Chancellor’s Best Practice Award. The award will be presented by Division of Florida Colleges Chancellor Dr. Willis N. Holcombe, at the Florida Association of Community Colleges Convention in Tallahassee on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009.

It was MDC’s First-Year Academic and College-Life Experience (F.A.C.E.) Program that grabbed the honor in the student affairs category. Established in 2004 at the North Campus, F.A.C.E. uses both social and academic activities to foster an environment that encourages healthy development for students.

Upon admission into MDC, a first-year student is introduced to a series of orientations, workshops and symposia that are aligned with the College’s Learning Outcomes. The Learning Outcomes are 10 goal-oriented competencies that emphasize the lifelong skills needed to be successful in work and life and to be productive global citizens.

The F.A.C.E. program at the North Campus works to fulfill these goals through educational activities associated with the student's major course of study. Among the activities:  a Library Research and Reference Material workshop; and symposia on community involvement where students are coached and trained by leaders from the business and civic community.

The symposia help students to fulfill the personal, civic, and social responsibility mandate listed in the Learning Outcomes. In addition to these activities, a first-year student is assigned an advisor who serves as an immediate resource for academic guidance and support during their tenure at the College. 

This is MDC’s second honor from the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Community Colleges. In 2008, the College was presented with the Chancellor’s Best Practices Award in Academic Affairs.

“Creating programs where students are exposed to a variety of disciplines and learning communities are critical to their success as college students and working professionals,” said MDC president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. 

“I truly appreciate this honor because it demonstrates we continue to be on the right track when it comes to providing the tools necessary for our students’ overall achievement and productivity.”


Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or genetic information.
Contact the Office of Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, ADA and Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for assistance.