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MDC Office of Communications September 17, 2008 Volume 6, Number 21
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College Receives Award from Association for General and Liberal Studies for Improving General Education

Learning Outcomes

Miami Dade College was recently named one of two recipients of the 2008 Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) Awards for Improving General Education. The College is the first two-year institution to receive this award and was recognized for its effort to move from a complex set of 25 general education goals to a slimmed down, multidisciplinary set of 10 College Learning Outcomes, intended to add breadth and liberal learning to all College programs.  

"Congratulations go out to the faculty, staff, students, and administration of Miami Dade College and The University of North Dakota for their commitment to quality general education," said Michael Gress, president of the Association for General and Liberal Studies. "Both application narratives describe the institutions' dedication to the processes necessary for campus-wide dialogue and support for strong general and liberal education improvement."

MDC won special praise from the review committee because it engaged great numbers of faculty in the process and built an institution-wide commitment to the 10 central learning goals. The committee also recognized that MDC’s success required it to make good use of outside resources and have the strong support of the president and administration. As a result of this broad-based commitment to the new learning outcomes, the institution has been able to implement an assessment program that has already begun to lead to improvements.

"This award is an external affirmation of the great work our College as a whole has done in regards to learning outcomes and assessment," said Dr. Lenore Rodicio, chairperson for the department of natural and social sciences, who championed and coordinated the application for the award. Dr. Rodicio will accept the award on Sept. 26 during the AGLS Conference in Asheville, N.C.  

In addition to recognizing MDC at the AGLS Conference, the organization will feature MDC's improvement efforts in the AGLS Newsletter and on the AGLS Web site, where the College's application will be housed for access by other institutions. Past recipients of the AGLS Award include the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Eastern Michigan University and Portland State University.

Established in 1961, AGLS is a national forum for inquiry concerning the improvement of undergraduate education. The association seeks to enrich the educational experience of America's college and university students by stimulating vigorous discourse among professors, administrators and all those concerned about the purpose, scope and nature of general and liberal education. AGLS believes liberal education provides undergraduates with the breadth of knowledge, understanding and appreciation needed to live in the world as informed, responsible and responsive citizens.

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