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Miami Dade College Recognized for Excellence in General and Liberal Studies

MDC first two-year institution to receive award from the Association of General and Liberal Studies

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Miami, September 29, 2008 - Miami Dade College (MDC) was recently 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.

"Congratulations go out to the faculty, staff, students and administration of Miami Dade College for their commitment to quality general education," said Michael Gress, president of the Association for General and Liberal Studies. "MDC’s application narratives described the institution’s dedication to the processes necessary for campus-wide dialogue and support for strong general and liberal education improvement."

MDC was specifically recognized for its effort to move from a complex set of 25 general-education goals to a slimmed down, multidisciplinary set of 10 College Learning Outcomes, intended to add breadth and liberal learning to all College programs. 

“MDC won special praise from the AGLS review committee because we engaged great numbers of faculty in the process and built an institution-wide commitment to our Learning Outcomes, said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “As a result of this broad-based commitment, the College has been able to implement an assessment program that has already begun to lead to improvements in our students' educational experience.”

Dr. Lenore Rodicio, chairperson for MDC’s Department of Natural and Social Sciences, accepted the award on Sept. 26, during the AGLS Conference in Asheville, N.C. In addition to recognizing MDC at the AGLS Conference, the organization will feature MDC's improvement efforts in the AGLS Newsletter and on the AGLS Web site, where the College's application will be housed for access by other institutions.

The University of North Dakota was the other recipient of the 2008 AGLS Award. Past recipients include the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Eastern Michigan University and Portland State University.

The 10 Learning Outcomes are:

  1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.
  3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.
  4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate and apply information.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.
  6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic and social responsibilities.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.
  8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.
  9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.
  10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.

About Miami Dade College’s Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes were created after more than two years of planning and research, during which time MDC officials consulted with current students, alumni and other stakeholders to determine the skills and abilities essential to students’ growth in life and learning. Hundreds of business owners in the community were also surveyed to assess what skills they seek in prospective employees.
About the Association for General and Liberal Studies
Established in 1961, AGLS is a national forum for inquiry concerning the improvement of undergraduate education. The association seeks to enrich the educational experience of America's college and university students by stimulating vigorous discourse among professors, administrators and all those concerned about the purpose, scope and nature of general and liberal education. AGLS believes liberal education provides undergraduates with the breadth of knowledge, understanding and appreciation needed to live in the world as informed, responsible and responsive citizens.

For more information on MDC's Learning Outcomes, visit http://www.mdc.edu/learningoutcomes/default.aspx. Association for General and Liberal Studies contact: Michael Gress, 812-888-5113. Miami Dade College contact: Dr. Lenore Rodicio, 305-237-6717.

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




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