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 SAN DIEGO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami-Dade Community College in Miami is the first winner of the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching. The Hesburgh Award is sponsored by TIAA-CREF, the nationwide pension system for higher education.
 TIAA-CREF President and COO John H. Biggs presented the award today to Dr. Robert H. McCabe, president of Miami-Dade Community College District, at the American Council on Education's 75th Annual Meeting in San Diego. coinciding with TIAA-CREF's 75th anniversary year.
 Mr. Biggs was standing in for TIAA-CREF Chairman and CEO Clifton R. Wharton Jr., nominated to be U.S. Deputy Secretary of State in the Clinton Administration. Mr. Biggs will become TIAA-CREF's new chairman and CEO upon Wharton's confirmation as Deputy Secretary of State.
 "TIAA-CREF is proud to recognize Miami-Dade for its outstanding faculty development program," Biggs said. "The Hesburgh Award judges found the program's strength to lie in its comprehensive, institution- wide approach to improving teaching and learning. In presenting the first annual Hesburgh Award during TIAA-CREF's 75th anniversary year, we reaffirm TIAA-CREF's long-standing commitment to educational excellence in America's colleges and universities."
 In accepting the award, Miami-Dade President McCabe said, "Miami- Dade Community College is extraordinarily pleased and gratified to receive this recognition. The college puts great effort into this program to help us focus all our energies and resources to the primary task of teaching and learning."
 In addition, six other institutions received Certificates of Excellence for their meritorious faculty development programs. The schools are: Heritage College in Toppenish, Wash.; New York University in New York; Seattle University in Seattle; Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.; the University of Washington in Seattle, and Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va.
 The Hesburgh Award is named in honor of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and a former member of the TIAA and CREF boards of overseers.
 "We at TIAA-CREF are gratified by the enthusiastic response to the Hesburgh Award program and by the interest shown in supporting excellence in undergraduate teaching," said Biggs. "We wish to acknowledge the many excellent entries that were submitted by institutions from around the nation, and look forward to learning about other successful faculty development programs as colleges and universities submit entries for the 1994 Hesburgh Award."
 Miami-Dade Teaching/Learning Project Involves Entire College
 Initiated in late 1986, Miami-Dade's Teaching/Learning Project is characterized by the institution's willingness to ask difficult questions and to seek and support innovative answers. This attitude reflect's the college's firm commitment to meeting the special educational needs of its increasingly diverse and nontraditional student body of 80,000. The project's scope encompasses all phases of a typical faculty member's career, including the needs of new faculty when they join the institution, enhancement of teaching skills, and renewal/revitalization issues. A set of policies and procedures called Faculty Advancement governs the way tenure and promotions are granted at Miami-Dade, and performance standards are set forth in a Statement of Faculty Excellence. An Endowed Teaching Chair Program -- the capstone of Faculty Advancement -- recognizes faculty who have demonstrated long- term teaching excellence at Miami-Dade.
 Six Certificate of Excellence Winners Announced
 The following Faculty Development Programs received Hesburgh Award Certificates of Excellence:
 -- Heritage college, Toppenish, Wash. -- The Faculty Development Program seeks to develop new teaching strategies, formats, and materials geared to the special learning needs of its rurally isolated adult and multicultural student body.
 -- New York University, New York -- The Faculty Resource Networks links NYU with 14 regional liberal arts colleges and ten historically black colleges in the South to share and improve teaching skills, foster close collegial relationships, and renew enthusiasm for teaching and scholarship.
 - Seattle University, Seattle -- The Faculty Development Program was initiated to continue the dialogue begun when the university instituted a New Core Curriculum in 1987. The program focuses on curriculum content and methods, and helps faculty create new courses and revitalize traditional ones.
 -- Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. -- A comprehensive integrated program, the Future Professoriate Project prepares graduate students for an academic career through Faculty Teaching Mentors seminars, Teaching Associateship appointments, and a Certificate in University Teaching.
 -- University of Washington, Seattle -- The Entry Level Initiative enhances large classes through student involvement in learning by identifying and providing innovative ideas about active learning strategies, the resources for faculty to implement these ideas, and better prepared teaching assistants to support active learning in the courses
 -- Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. -- The Faculty Development Program goes beyond individual academic enrichment to embrace the entire faculty, including on-campus programs to enhance faculty teaching skills. Central components of the program are individual grants awarded to faculty wishing to pursue scholarly and pedagogical enhancement.
 Hesburgh Award Judges
 The 1993 Hesburgh Award and Certificates of Excellence winners were selected by a panel of judges who were assisted by a screening panel of national experts in faculty teaching initiatives. The judges were: David Alexander; Ernest L. Boyer; Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.; Jewel Plummer Cobb; K. Patricia Cross; Elaine El-Khawas; Vartan Gregorian; Thomas K. Hearn, Jr.; Frederick S. Humphries; and Manuel T. Pacheco.
 TIAA-CREF's Unique 75-Year Partnership with Education
 TIAA-CREF was created as an integral part of the academic community. Its unique mission is to provide for the retirement security of those working in education. TIAA-CREF has continually strengthened this partnership, and today provides a nationwide portable pension system for about 1.6 million persons at some 5,000 educational, research, and related nonprofit institutions. With over $112 billion in assets under management, TIAA-CREF is the world's largest private pension system.
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