College Forum Vol 14 Num 4 : Page 1

MIAMI DADE COLLEGEforum COLLEGE ost Miami Dade College alumni would choose MDC again if they were to start over, according to a recent national survey of college alumni conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE). The primary reasons for returning, according to 83 percent of alumni sur-veyed, were the fulfilling academic experiences they had at MDC, the nu-merous campus locations they could chose from and the cost of tuition. An even higher percentage had positive feelings about MDC, with 96 percent of those polled saying they had a favorable impression of the college. Besides their great experiences at MDC, 71 percent of alumni think the college adequately prepares students for the modern workforce, whereas only 62 percent of those polled about other U.S. colleges felt the same about their institutions. MDC alumni also believe the top three roles of col-leges and universities are preparing students for work, teaching them how to think critically and preparing them to solve the country’s problems. “The survey was undertaken by ACE to better understand how college graduates perceive the role and effectiveness of higher education in our society. The results confirm what we already know about MDC and the impact it’s had on our graduates and community for the past 50 years. More importantly, the results are a testament to our dedicated faculty and administrators,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, MDC’s president. “Overall, MDC students consistently rated their satisfaction levels high-er than the averages of alumni in the national sample group,” added Dr. Joanne Bashford, MDC’s associate provost for institutional effectiveness. MDC alumni also were much more likely than the other alumni surveyed to agree that the price of their college education was fair — 87 percent at MDC compared to 76 percent nationally. In addition, MDC alumni place more emphasis on the role of higher edu-cation in meeting the challenges of the future for both our nation and the world. They are more likely to believe that colleges and universities are prepared for the future than alumni of other U.S. colleges, with 70 percent of MDC alumni having a favorable impression, versus 61 percent of those at other institutions. “This survey gave us very revealing insights into MDC student percep-tions,” Dr. Padrón said. “We will use these findings as we continually work to enhance the MDC experience.” – BB MDC yes Nation yes For the time and money spent, was your college education worth it? 89% 93% MDC yes Nation yes Do you think you paid a fair price for your college education? 76% 87% MDC yes Nation yes 0 If you could begin again, would you choose the same college? 79% 83% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 A great place to work, once again For the second year in a row, The Chronicle of Higher Education gives MDC top ranking M DC’s dedication to a quality work environment, diversity and career development made it one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. More than 42,000 college employees and 300 institutions participated in the application process for the Great Colleges to Work for program. MDC, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, joined the list along with the Georgia Institute of Technology, George-town University, Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, Duke University and the University of Southern California, among others. “I am very proud of this distinction, especially during a time when many challenges continue in higher education. Our students and faculty truly make MDC a great college to work for,’” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of MDC. Rather than rank institutions on one list, the program rec-ognizes colleges for best practices and policies in areas such as tenure clarity, collaborative governance, work/life balance, teaching environment, security, compensation and benefits. MDC was recognized in three catego-ries: In the Work Environment category, it was recognized for ”Respect and Appreciation“; in the Institutional Policies category, MDC was lauded for ”Professional/Career Development“; and, echoing MDC’s commitment to cultural initiatives and global reach and awareness, the survey recognized MDC in the Diversity category. Educational institutions were evaluated based on two on-line surveys. The ModernThink Institution Questionnaire (IQ) was completed by one or more management representatives at each institution. The other survey, the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey (Climate/Engagement assessment), was completed by a random sample of full-time and adjunct faculty members, administrators and professional support staff at each institution. “With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can pro-vide even more of the vital information our readers rely on – unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their work-place practices,” said Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle’s editor. — NM 80 90 100 p. 12 September 2010 • Volume 14 • Number 4 MDC ACES EXAM IN ALUMNI SURVEY M

MDC Aces Exam In Alumni Survey

Most Miami Dade College alumni would choose MDC again if they were to start over, according to a recent national survey of college alumni conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE). <br /> <br /> The primary reasons for returning, according to 83 percent of alumni surveyed, were the fulfilling academic experiences they had at MDC, the numerous campus locations they could chose from and the cost of tuition. An even higher percentage had positive feelings about MDC, with 96 percent of those polled saying they had a favorable impression of the college.<br /> <br /> Besides their great experiences at MDC, 71 percent of alumni think the college adequately prepares students for the modern workforce, whereas only 62 percent of those polled about other U.S. colleges felt the same about their institutions. MDC alumni also believe the top three roles of colleges and universities are preparing students for work, teaching them how to think critically and preparing them to solve the country’s problems.<br /> <br /> “The survey was undertaken by ACE to better understand how college graduates perceive the role and effectiveness of higher education in our society. The results confirm what we already know about MDC and the impact it’s had on our graduates and community for the past 50 years.<br /> <br /> More importantly, the results are a testament to our dedicated faculty and administrators,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, MDC’s president.<br /> <br /> “Overall, MDC students consistently rated their satisfaction levels higher than the averages of alumni in the national sample group,” added Dr. Joanne Bashford, MDC’s associate provost for institutional effectiveness.<br /> <br /> MDC alumni also were much more likely than the other alumni surveyed to agree that the price of their college education was fair — 87 percent at MDC compared to 76 percent nationally.<br /> <br /> In addition, MDC alumni place more emphasis on the role of higher education<br /> in meeting the challenges of the future for both our nation and the world. They are more likely to believe that colleges and universities are prepared for the future than alumni of other U.S. colleges, with 70 percent of MDC alumni having a favorable impression, versus 61 percent of those at other institutions.<br /> <br /> “This survey gave us very revealing insights into MDC student perceptions,” Dr. Padrón said. “We will use these findings as we continually work to enhance the MDC experience.”<br /> <br /> – BB

A Great Place To Work, Once Again For The Second Year In A Row, The Chronicle Of Higher Education Gives MDC Top Ranking

MDC’s dedication to a quality work environment, diversity and career development made it one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.<br /> <br /> More than 42,000 college employees and 300 institutions participated in the application process for the Great Colleges to Work for program. MDC, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, joined the list along with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, Duke University and the University of Southern California, among others.<br /> <br /> “I am very proud of this distinction, especially during a time when many challenges continue in higher education. Our students and faculty truly make MDC a great college to work for,’” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of MDC.<br /> <br /> Rather than rank institutions on one list, the program recognizes colleges for best practices and policies in areas such as tenure clarity, collaborative governance, work/life balance, teaching environment, security, compensation and benefits. MDC was recognized in three categories In the Work Environment category, it was recognized for ”Respect and Appreciation“; in the Institutional Policies category, MDC was lauded for ”Professional/Career Development“; and, echoing MDC’s commitment to cultural initiatives and global reach and awareness, the survey recognized MDC in the Diversity category.<br /> <br /> Educational institutions were evaluated based on two online surveys. The ModernThink Institution Questionnaire (IQ) was completed by one or more management representatives at each institution. The other survey, the ModernThink Higher Education Insight Survey (Climate/Engagement assessment), was completed by a random sample of full-time and adjunct faculty members, administrators and professional support staff at each institution.<br /> <br /> “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.<br /> <br /> — NM

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