Miami Dade College (MDC) has been named an Examples of Excelencia 2022 finalist for its Connect4Success (C4S) program, a collaboration with Florida International University (FIU) to establish a guided transfer pathway that facilitates graduate admissions from the MDC with an Associate’s Degree in Arts to FIU’s bachelor’s degree programs. Last year, MDC received the prestigious seal of Excelencia.
C4S was established in 2006 as a dual degree program with approximately 70% of MDC Associates of Arts graduates transferring to CRF with the goal of completing a bachelor’s degree program. The program offers comprehensive services starting with full onboarding.
Students are assigned an advisor who guides them from application to registration. Counselors serve as liaisons to key holistic support services such as learning resources, student life, one-stop shopping and mental health counselling. Students benefit from appreciative guidance, numerous extracurricular opportunities, and career and transfer workshops.
For 17 years, Excelencia in Education has identified, brought together, and promoted environments for creating evidence-based practice where Latino students can thrive. By demonstrating success in intentionally serving Latino students, these programs, Examples of Excelencia Finalists, are the foundation for positive change at their institutions.
“Excelencia is responding to the national call to identify and invest in evidence-based practices that improve college completion,” said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and CEO of Excelencia in Education. “These 20 programs are evidence-based examples led by practitioners working directly with students and the community who go beyond enrollment to intentionally serve students on their journey to graduation. “
This year, Excelencia received 93 program submissions representing 17 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The 20 finalists will be featured online as well as in Excelencia’s Growing What Works Database – the only national searchable online database for institutional leaders, funders and policy makers interested in identifying what works for Latino students. Winners will be announced Thursday, September 29 in Washington, DC.
Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student success, conducting analysis to inform educational policy, and advancing institutional practice while collaborating with those who are committed and ready to fulfill the mission.
He has published more than 100 analyses, highlighted more than 385 programs across the country to advance effective, evidence-based practices, and distributed more than $2 million to promote programs that produce results for Latino students. .
Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia has established a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to meet the needs of the US economy for highly skilled labor and engaged civic leaders. For more information, visit www.EdExcelencia.org.
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