MDC Receives Prestigious Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award Miami Dade College received the 2017 Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award (LMA), which annually recognizes an institution that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in designing a student-focused culture that permeates all levels and structures of the organization. Miami Dade College is a national model of student achievement. Starting in 2011, the College has analyzed student data, developed hypotheses about obstacles to completion, reviewed literature, and conducted surveys and focus groups. Student Services teams have adopted a guided pathway model to redesign academic and student services that support a student’s journey, including utilizing academic maps that help students reach graduation as quickly as possible while incurring minimal financial burden. This year’s award, sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, is presented in recognition of the College’s student success work. The award was announced at the opening session of DREAM 2017 National Convention, which was held in San Francisco.
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