Broward College

Broward College Academy for Excellence (BCAE)

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Broward College Academy for Excellence (BCAE)
Broward College Central Campus
3501 SW Davie Rd., 14-118
Davie, FL  33314

Coordinator, Central Campus
Mary Diaz
(954) 201-6473


An ACE Partner College since 2011, Broward College launched their first BCAE program for students in Summer 2012.

The inaugural cohort of 250 students has successfully completed the initial segment of the Broward College Academy for Excellence (BCAE), an innovative initiative to help individuals get ready to do college-level work and empower them to take control of their lives. The conclusion of the summer-bridge program was celebrated with an event to which family and friends were invited, featuring presentations on social-justice topics and the awarding of certificates. The A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie and the Willis Holcombe Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale hosted celebratory events on Aug. 2.

Groups of students collaborated on researching and discussing projects on a range of subjects, including domestic violence, health care, police brutality, illegal immigration, drug abuse and racial discrimination, and offering solutions to some of society’s most horrific challenges. The students spoke about where they envisioned themselves in the year 2037, 25 years hence, in relation to the social issues, as well as personally and professionally. BCAE Coordinator Prof. Mary F. Di Stefano Diaz said, “The future will be different as we see ourselves making a difference as agents of change.”

The presentations were capstone projects for the students who then enrolled for the fall term, participating in a linked-course design created by four faculty members working together.

BCAE plans to offer the summer bridge program in 2013, and the full bridge semester in the fall. 

ACE Cohort Model for BCAE

ACE Cohort Model for BCAE