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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

Miami Dade College was first accredited by SACSCOC in the 1960s and celebrates the opportunity to continually engage its students, faculty, staff and administrators in a comprehensive self-study focused on institutional effectiveness and quality enhancement.

Message from the President

Miami Dade College is committed to continuously assessing and documenting our compliance with the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This comprehensive undertaking involves the entire college community, and I am proud to represent the College in reaffirming our ongoing commitment to furthering the excellence of our students’ educational experience and demonstrating our institutional integrity.

Since our last decennial reaffirmation by the SACSCOC, in 2005, Miami Dade College has made many advancements in furthering our mission to change lives through the opportunity of education and to reaffirm our commitment to excellence and student learning:

  • We are in year two of the implementation of our Student Achievement Initiatives, which combine integrated student support and academic structure that is focused on improving student success and retention at every milestone in our students’ academic journey.
  • We recently celebrated the sixth anniversary of the signing of our Learning Outcomes Covenant, solidifying our commitment to lifelong learning, workforce preparedness, broad liberal arts education, and the long-term success of our graduates.
  • In partnership with local industry, we have also expanded our academic programming to prepare our graduates for success in our community’s most in-demand professions.

These advancements, and many others, provide solid evidence of the College’s dedication to our mission and responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic beacon in our community. As democracy’s college, Miami Dade College provides high-quality teaching and learning experiences that are accessible and affordable to meet the needs of our diverse students and prepare them to be responsible global citizens and successful lifelong learners. All of our institutional advancements are undertaken with the necessary transparency and accountability to ensure compliance with SACSCOC’s Principle of Integrity.

For more than five decades, Miami Dade College has demonstrated our commitment to excellence and to student learning. Our Compliance Certification Report provides ample proof of Miami Dade College’s fulfillment of our mission, our compliance with SACSCOC requirements, and our continuing efforts to enhance the quality of student learning and our programs and services. Miami Dade College reaffirms our continuing commitment to the Commission’s principles and philosophy of accreditation.

Eduardo J. Padrón