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Miami Dade College Finishing the Year with Several Major Awards and Accolades

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Miami, December 12, 2008 - In its nearly 50 year history, Miami Dade College (MDC) has garnered countless major awards making it the standard of higher education excellence in the U.S. and even beyond. Once again, the college is finishing 2008 with a roar receiving several major awards and distinctions in the areas of educational programming, leadership, information technology, service learning, marketing and publications, and environmental consciousness and awareness. 

Recently, Dr. Will Holcombe, chancellor of the Florida Department of Education's Division of Community Colleges, presented MDC with the Chancellor’s Best Practices Award in Academic Affairs. He lauded the college for its innovative use of interdisciplinary learning communities to achieve the learning outcomes so critically important to student performance and success.

In other awards news, the Association of Community College Trustees named Miami Dade College's seven member Board of Trustees the recipient of this year's Equity Award for the Southern region. The award recognizes leadership teams that have demonstrably enhanced and expanded educational programs and opportunities for minority and female students.

In addition, recently, the Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine recognized Miami Dade College as one of the most technologically-advanced community colleges in the nation. The college was selected and recognized from numerous entries because of the high level of service and support it provides to its students, faculty and staff through information technology.

MDC’s North Campus also recently received the Grand Award in the Colleges Category of the 2008 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities, a national recognition for dedication to keeping schools clean and safe using environmentally-friendly products and solutions.    

Moreover, the Florida Campus Compact recently recognized Professor Annette Gibson for contributing to the integration of service-learning into the college's nursing curriculum. The Service-Learning Faculty Award honors one faculty member in each of the three higher-education sectors — state universities, community colleges, and independent colleges and universities.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations awarded the college's marketing and publications division in the Office of Communications gold honors for their work on College Forum (newsletter), Leap (student magazine), Kendall Campus' 40th Anniversary marketing campaign, registration postcards, and brochures for Black History, Women's History and Hispanic Heritage months. College Forum, Leap and MDC magazine also received first-place awards for excellence from the Florida Association of Community Colleges, Institutional Advancement Commission.

Finally, earlier this fall, MDC was named one of two recipients of the 2008 Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) Awards for Improving General Education. MDC is the first two-year institution to be recognized by the AGLS, a national forum for inquiry concerning the improvement of undergraduate education.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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