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Miami Dade College Adopting New Strategic Plan

Board of Trustees also approves new mission, vision, and values statement for the institution

Miami, July 1, 2010 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee (SPCC) has revised the institution’s mission, vision, and values statement to coincide with the new five-year strategic plan currently in its final stages. Approved by the College’s Board of Trustees in May, the new mission, vision, and values statements reflect the educational, economic, and cultural changes that have taken place within the past several years.

The SPCC prepared a survey to gather thoughts and ideas from employees about revisions to the College’s proposed mission, vision and value statements. The committee received nearly 1,000 responses to the survey, which were used to finalize the statements.

MDC’s previous mission and vision statements were adopted in 1994, when current president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón presided over the Wolfson campus. Since then, the College has adapted to the changing trends in higher education both domestically and internationally. Feedback was gathered from MDC employees through an electronic survey and town meetings held on each campus, and from students during focus groups held on each campus. The College’s strategic leadership team even sought input from the community, reaching out to business and civic leaders through face-to-face meetings and electronic surveys.

The College’s revised mission statement reads: “The mission of Miami Dade College is to change lives through the opportunity of education. As democracy’s college, MDC provides high-quality teaching and learning experiences that are accessible and affordable to meet the needs of our diverse students, and prepares them to be responsible global citizens and successful lifelong learners. The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic beacon in our community.”

The Vision of Miami Dade College is to be a college of excellence, renowned for its Values:

·         An exceptional learning environment in which students are challenged and empowered through innovation, state-of-the-art technologies, teaching excellence and student support programs that prepare each student with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a dynamic world.

·         A culture of inquiry and evidence that is characterized by the commitment of faculty, staff and students to accountability for learning excellence through the achievement of measureable learning outcomes, innovative assessment methods and data-driven decisions that foster adaptability in programs and services.

·         An exceptional work environment that makes MDC the “employer of choice” for an exemplary, diverse workforce that is engaged in and accountable for the quality of MDC’s learning environment, and that benefits from excellent support, state-of-the-art technologies, growth opportunities and a competitive compensation program.

·         Quality community partnerships that serve as the foundation for the development of relevant workforce, cultural and civic programs to foster community service and create a pervasive understanding throughout the greater Miami-Dade County community of the essential importance of education.

·         A commitment to cultural initiatives that complement academics and promote the advancement and appreciation of the arts, thereby contributing to the richness of our multicultural community.

·         Sustainability practices that distinguish Miami Dade College as a leading innovator in educating our students as contributors to a healthy planet, and as an institution that accepts its responsibility to preserve the natural environment. 

·         Resource development and operational efficiencies that ensure effective support for the College’s long-term efforts to provide an innovative and exemplary learning environment.

·         Global reach and awareness that enrich the curriculum and provide a truly international perspective to students.

Approaching the end of its six-year plan that began in 2004, MDC’s leadership team is now in the process of finalizing the College’s five-year plan (2010-2015).

“The revised Mission, Vision, and Values statements serve as a beacon for this institution,” said Dr. Padrón. “These revisions reaffirm MDC’s commitment to this community. Our goal is to remain proactive through strategic management and visioning, and this new plan definitely embodies these efforts.”   

For a complete description of MDC’s revised Mission, Vision, and Values statements, visit


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