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Miami Dade College Recognized as an “Exemplar Institution” for Enhancing Student Access and Success

MDC one of eight national institutions honored by the Institute of Higher Education Policy
Student Achievement Initiatives

Miami, December 6, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) was recognized as a “Exemplar Institution” by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) for its strong programmatic efforts and promising practices that are driving access and success gains for underserved student populations. MDC Provost Dr. Rolando Montoya attended IHEP’s National Policy Summit: Redefining Access for the 21st-Century Student, where the college was officially recognized for its accomplishments.

“The mission of Miami Dade College is to change lives through the opportunity of education, and we are extremely proud of our efforts to help every person in our community reach their full potential through participation in higher education,” said Dr. Montoya. “This recognition from IHEP for the strategies we have implemented to increase degree persistence and completion are confirmation that the college-wide Student Achievement Initiatives (SAI) underway are bearing fruit.”

Early SAI outreach efforts included math, reading and writing test prep boot camps for nearly 4,000 new college entrants; mandatory orientations for nearly 15,000 incoming students; intensive academic and career advisement during the first semester for 8,500 new students; and multiple programs to support and sustain college readiness and access for high school students. Additionally, the Hispanic Access to College Education Resources (іHACER!) project, a collaborative initiative with the Lumina Foundation and 17 community partners, has helped support and sustain college preparation, access and success for hundreds of Latino high school students.

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.

Miami Dade College (MDC) is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the America, with more than 175,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s seven campuses and two outreach centers offer more than 300 academic pathways leading to baccalaureate degrees, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a major sculpture park and large art gallery and theater systems. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information, please visit

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Barbra Gonzalez, 305-237-7187,, director of communications of Student Achievement Initiatives

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
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