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For the Second Year in a Row, Miami Dade College is Recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education with the “Great Colleges to Work For” Distinction

MDC joins Harvard, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, USC, Notre Dame and other prestigious institutions on list of colleges recognized
great Colleges to work for 2010

Miami, July 26, 2010 - Miami Dade College (MDC) is one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. For the second year in a row, the major publication has announced that MDC has been selected for its Great Colleges to Work For program. More than 42,000 college employees and nearly 300 institutions nationwide participated in the application process.

This program is higher education's version of the popular Fortune magazine survey, with one key difference: It does not rank institutions in one big list.  Instead, 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. The program results, including recognized institutions, are being published in The Chronicle's Academic Supplement in July 2010.


MDC was recognized in three categories as part of the process. In the Work Environment category, the college was recognized for Respect and Appreciation. It was also lauded in the Diversity category. In the Institutional Policies category, MDC was recognized for Professional/Career Development.

 “I am very proud of this distinction, especially during a time when many challenges continue in higher education. Our students, faculty and staff truly make MDC a great college to work for,’” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College.

The process consisted of two online surveys: the ModernThink Institution Questionnaire© (IQ) completed by one or more management representatives at each institution, and the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey© (Climate/Engagement assessment) completed by a random sample of full-time and adjunct faculty members, administrators, and professional support staff at each institution. Results from both of these surveys were used in the assessment process which included analysis of demographic data and workplace policies at each of the participating institutions.

The program is also designed to help colleges improve as workplaces through the individual reports they receive, so The Chronicle names only those institutions that have scored well enough to be recognized in any category. There was no cost to participate and the program was open to all non-profit higher education institutions.

The Chronicle is the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities. “With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can provide even more of the vital information our readers rely on – unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their workplace practices.” said Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle’s editor.

MDC joins Harvard, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, USC, Notre Dame and other prestigious institutions on list of colleges recognized.

Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education and one of the most respected, has received numerous national awards and distinctions throughout its history including the first-ever Theodore M. Hesburgh award from the American Council on Education and TIAA-CREF for faculty development and the Savior of our Cities award twice from the New England Board of Higher Education where it was recognized alongside several Ivy League institutions and other top universities. In addition to The Chronicle of Higher Education, it has also received major awards and recognitions from other important publications including Newsweek, Time magazine, Miami Today, Hispanic Magazine, and Computerworld. Its president, faculty and staff have also been the winners of many important national individual awards.

About The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Delivering news, information, and jobs to millions of global readers, The Chronicle of Higher Education is the most trusted resource for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 60 full-time writers and editors, as well as a dozen correspondents positioned around the world. Established in 1966, The Chronicle publishes a daily Web site (both a U.S. and a Global Edition), a weekly newspaper, a weekly magazine of ideas, and also produces newsletters and events.  A nine-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, the newspaper has a weekly print readership of 350,000 and Web traffic of more than 14 million pages a month at

About ModernThink LLC:

As a research and consulting leader in workplace issues, ModernThink has supported a wide variety of “Best Place to Work” initiatives.  Through these programs, the firm has gained substantial survey and industry expertise, including specific insight into higher education.  ModernThink knows what it takes to build a great place to work and shares that know-how with its clients.  The ModernThink team of organizational development experts is dedicated to helping colleges follow through and capitalize on feedback from employees and benchmark data from peers to drive meaningful change at their institutions.  Learn more at

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