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Miami Dade College Wins National Excellence Award

AACC Award 4

Miami, April 9, 2014 - Miami Dade College (MDC) has once again garnered a prestigious award: the Student Success Award of Excellence, conferred upon the college by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). MDC was selected from among 1,200 colleges across the nation. This distinction complements the inaugural AACC Award of Excellence in Advancing Diversity that that the College received last year. 

The AACC Student Success Award of Excellence recognizes a community college that has demonstrated, through evidence, a sustained commitment to and proactively advanced the cause of student success. The AACC praised MDC for our nationally-recognized Learning Outcomes and Student Achievement Initiatives that have led the way to transformative change. The award recognizes the integrated set of practices, policies and procedures that the College has developed to positively impact student success and that serve as a model for college completion at other institutions.


 “Student success is at the heart of the College's mission to change lives through the opportunity of education,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “This award would not have been possible without the hard-working faculty, staff and trustees of Miami Dade College who truly embrace the notion that student success is a shared responsibility.”

Awards were given in six categories: Emerging Leadership, Student Success, Faculty Innovation (new this year), Exemplary CEO/Board, Advancing Diversity and Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership. 

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing the nation’s close to 1,200 community, junior, and technical colleges and their more than 13 million students. Community colleges are the largest sector of higher education, enrolling almost half of all U.S. undergraduates. For more information about AACC and community colleges, visit


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