Miami Dade College: Top degree producer

Miami Times staff report | 8/28/2014, 9 a.m.

Miami Dade College (MDC) confers the most associate degrees according to Community College Week’s Top 100.

This past spring, MDC graduated nearly 15,000 students, most of whom were awarded associate degrees, many of which feed into the College’s baccalaureate degree pathways, which include nursing, elementary education and biological sciences, among others for in demand fields.


Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

MDC uses the success measure, which is the percentage of students who have graduated, remain enrolled in good standing, or have transferred in good standing to other academic institutions. The latest figure is 87 percent for all degree types.

Community College Week’s Top 100 lists the colleges conferring the most associate degrees. It analyzes the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) among the nation’s top 100 associate degree producers.

“We’ve always maintained that education changes lives, and this report validates this premise,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “We strive every day to serve those in need, and are very proud of the crucial role MDC plays in making higher education accessible and affordable, providing top-of-the-line programs and an abundance of opportunities to those who may not otherwise have access to a college education.”

MDC also ranked first in the following categories: most associate degrees awarded across all disciplines to minorities; most associate degrees awarded to Hispanics; and the top institution in awarding Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities associate degrees.

MDC is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the U.S., with more than 165,000 students. 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.