Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Monday, July 06, 2009
MDC named to prestigious list of great colleges to work for
Since opening our doors nearly 50 years ago, Miami Dade College has been frequently recognized for our academic and cultural programs, as well as for our operations. Adding to our list of achievements, The Chronicle of Higher Education announced today that the College has been selected for the 2009 Great Colleges to Work For program.
Joining the ranks of renowned institutions such as Duke, Cornell and Notre Dame, MDC received so much recognition in the various award categories that we were named to The Chronicle's Honor Roll. This distinction was bestowed to only nine two-year institutions across the nation.
Of particular note, the College was recognized in the Work Environment category for job satisfaction, faculty-administration relations, collaborative governance, facilities and security, and supervisor-department chair relations. In the Institutional Policies category, MDC was recognized for professional/career development, work-life balance, confidence in senior leadership, internal communications, and connection to institution and pride. In the category of Pay and Benefits, MDC was recognized for pay and benefits, deferred compensation options, and vacation and paid time off.
The Chronicle's two-part assessment process consisted of an institutional audit that collected demographics and workplace policies and practices, and a survey administered to a randomly selected group of 400 to 600 administrators, adjunct and full-time faculty, and professional-support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the feedback collected from faculty and staff members, and I would like to thank everyone at MDC who participated in the application process.
I am very proud of this honor, especially during a time of many challenges in higher education. This is a tribute to you, MDC’s faculty and staff, who make the College such a great place to work.