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Miami Dade College Gets Fourth “Great Colleges to Work For” Nod

College also makes honor roll for recognition in multiple categories
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Miami, August 9, 2012 - For the fourth consecutive year, Miami Dade College (MDC) has been named among the nation’s Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a major higher education publication. In addition, MDC made the honor roll for recognition in multiple categories. The college is the only higher education institution in South Florida named to the list, which has been published online at The Chronicle’s website.   

The Chronicle’s 2012 Great College’s to Work For program recognizes colleges (based on enrollment size) for specific practices and policies. Now in its fourth year, it has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country, serving as higher education’s version of the popular Fortune magazine survey.

“As always, this achievement is possible only through our dedicated faculty and staff,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. “They make MDC a great college to work for, and it is my privilege to work among such outstanding colleagues.”

More than 46,000 college employees and nearly 300 institutions nationwide participated in the application process. The program recognizes select groups of colleges for specific best practices and policies, such as tenure clarity, collaborative governance, work/life balance, teaching environment, security, compensation and benefits, and others.

MDC was recognized in six categories: Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career-Development Programs; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship; Respect and Appreciation; and Diversity. 

A major part of the process consisted of a survey completed by a random sample of full-time and adjunct faculty members, administrators, and professional support staff at each institution. In fact, the primary factor in deciding whether an institution was selected was the employee feedback.  

The program also is designed to help colleges improve as workplaces through the individual reports they receive. There was no cost to participate and the program was open to all non-profit higher education institutions. 

 “The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.

MDC joins Duke, Notre Dame, Baylor and other prestigious institutions on list of colleges recognized.


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