New Directions for Community Colleges
The president of a large university once asked Miami-Dade Community College president Robert H. McCabe what Miami-Dade does. Without hesitation, he answered, "We preserve democracy. We make it possible for thousands of people to gain a college education, people who would otherwise be excluded from higher education, and their education makes it possible for them to become active, committed, and productive citizens.'' He went on to describe in depth the many accomplishments of the college with regard to its leading the way in providing an open door of access buttressed by a fixed belief in the student's "right to succeed"·, however, it is in those first three words-we preserve democracy-that he most accurately describes the culture of our college.
Exley, Robert J., "Commitment to Community: Service Learning at Miami-Dade Community College" (1996). Service Learning, General. 177.