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MDC Once Again Named Among Nation’s Top 25 ‘Best Neighbor’ Colleges and Universities

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MDC receives national recognition for building lasting relationships with its surrounding communities through innovative programs and events, such as the annual Health Fair.

Miami, October 16, 2009 - When the economy takes a downturn, the relationship between institutions of higher education and their local communities becomes “more important than ever.” That was the message delivered by Dr. Evan S. Dobelle, president of Westfield State College and former member of the New England Board of Higher Education, who this week announced the nation’s top 25 “Best Neighbor” colleges and universities, which is part of his “Saviors of Our Cities: Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships” project.

 Miami Dade College (MDC) was honored for a second time and is the only Florida institution and only community college in the nation to make the list.    

“Saviors of Our Cities” is an extension of Dr. Dobelle’s original survey and ranking of civically-engaged institutions created in 2006, which also included MDC. This year’s institutions were selected for their positive impact on their urban communities, including both commercial and residential activities, such as revitalization, cultural renewal, economics, and community service and development.

“Colleges and universities, as well as the towns and cities in which they are located, are now under severe economic pressures. The positive financial impact of higher education on local communities is well-documented,” said Dr. Dobelle. “Increasingly,” he said, “more sophisticated partnerships are emerging that are addressing complex issues such as homelessness and health care and are serving as catalysts for community change.”

MDC shares the national “Best Neighbor” recognition with the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University, George Washington University, the University of Southern California, Emory University, and Carnegie-Mellon University, among others.

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