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College Board Recognizes MDC with CollegeKeys Compact 2010 Innovation Award

Award is recognition of MDC's innovative Learning Outcomes initiative
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Miami, February 18, 2010 - Since officially implementing its trailblazing Learning Outcomes initiative in the fall of 2007, Miami Dade College (MDC) has received significant recognition and national media coverage for this groundbreaking approach to the learning experience of students.

Today, the College Board announced that MDC is the recipient of the CollegeKeys Compact 2010 Innovation Award for its Learning Outcomes initiative. The college is the winner of this distinction in the Southern Region in the “Getting Through” category.

“For the 2010 awards, we received many excellent effective practice submissions from every College Board region. Competition was stiff, but after careful review by a cross-regional committee, the Learning Outcomes Initiative was selected among this year’s winners.

Miami Dade College can be proud of this significant accomplishment and the good work of the Learning Outcomes Initiative,” said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board.

The nation’s largest institution of higher education, MDC implemented this program with a nod from the U.S. Department of Education to truly provide its students with the skills necessary for success in life.

Now, in addition to their academic specialization, students are prepared to communicate effectively; to apply quantitative skills; to solve problems using creative and critical thinking; to reason scientifically; to research and evaluate information; to gain global, cultural, and historical perspectives; to understand personal, civic, and social responsibilities; to appreciate creativity and aesthetics; to describe the function of natural systems; and to recognize the environmental impact of humans.

In short, the MDC graduate will be prepared for success and life-long learning. This far-reaching project touches students the minute they enroll and continues to be part of their experiences through the completion of their degree.

Miami Dade College Learning Outcomes

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.

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