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Miami Dade College Receives Statewide Chancellor's 'Best Practices Award' for Innovative Test Prep Boot Camp

Student Achievement Initiatives

Miami, November 14, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) announced today that it has received a 2013 Chancellor's Best Practice Award from the Florida Department of Education for its Test Prep Boot Camp. The award was presented during the Opening General Session of Florida's Colleges' 64th Annual Convention in Orlando.

The weeklong intensive Test Prep Boot Camp was created to help bolster students' Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) scores, and increase student academic readiness. Rolled out in 2012, the program has served nearly 2,700 first-time college students who placed below average in their initial PERT. 

Students arriving at MDC's Test Prep Boot Camp completed a diagnostic test to assess and personalize their week's coursework, and to identify any potential skill gaps. Customized computer learning modules offered targeted critical math, reading and writing skills to students. 

Pre- and post-Boot Camp surveys demonstrated that this intervention was successful in helping students improve their test scores. Forty-three percent of both math and reading students, and fifty-one percent of writing students, placed up at least one level after completing the Boot Camp. Students also overwhelmingly agreed that they learned new ideas or skills, and that instructors explained material clearly during the Boot Camps. Results from the 2012 Boot Camps also showed that students performed as well, or better, in the courses in which they successfully placed than students who had not participated in the Boot Camps. 

"We are extremely proud of the success of our Boot Camps," said Dr. Lenore Rodicio, MDC Vice Provost of Student Achievement Initiatives. "Besides improving PERT scores and reducing the need for developmental coursework, these Boot Camps have demonstrated longer term implications for first-time college students. The Boot Camps help students address skill gaps early and seamlessly transition into the rigorous academic coursework they will encounter at MDC – this will hopefully lead to greater student achievement and increased degree completion in the long-run." 

MDC's Student Achievement Initiatives encompass a wide variety of programs designed to improve all phases of the MDC student experience and substantially increase student completion rates, while maintaining access and quality. Designed to be a national model for student success, these efforts are supported through grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Completion By Design program, the Lumina Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Barbra Gonzalez, director of communications of Student Achievement Initiatives, 305-237-7187, bgonza2@mdc.edu

Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director




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