The top 10 tech-savvy community colleges for 2007 have been named by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). A ranking was established based on their third national Digital Community Colleges Survey, which examined how colleges are deploying technology to streamline operations and better serve students, faculty and staff.
Nearly 200 community colleges across the country participated in the survey. Colleges were grouped into three categories based on student enrollment: small (less than 3,000 students), mid-sized (between 3,000 and 7,500 students) and large (more than 7,500 students). Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Fla. took first place in the large college category. Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Fla. and Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo. tied for first place in the category of mid-sized colleges. Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va. and Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, N.Y. tied for first place in the small college category. Top-ten ranked winners were announced in each category.
Community college officials responded to a set of 24 multiple-choice questions and five narrative questions regarding online services and technology provisions offered to students, faculty and communities. Colleges provided Web site addresses and background data for final verification and validation.
Large colleges - 7,500 students or more:
1st: Florida Community College, Jacksonville, Fla.
2nd: Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, R.I.
3rd: St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Fla.
4th: Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan. (tie)
4th: Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pa. (tie)
5th: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Va.
6th: Miami Dade College, Miami, Fla.
7th: Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
8th: Macomb Community College, Warren, Mich.
9th: Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md.
10th: Delta College, University Center, Mich.
Mid-sized colleges - between 3,000 and 7,500 students:
1st: Indian River Community College, Fort Pierce, Fla. (tie)
1st: Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo. (tie)
2nd: Darton College, Albany, Ga.
3rd: York Technical College, Rock Hill, S.C.
4th: Aims Community College, Greeley, Colo.
5th: Harford Community College, Bel Air, Md.
6th: Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, N.C. (tie)
6th: San Juan College, Farmington, N.M. (tie)
7th: Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tenn.
8th: Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Ill.
9th: Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, Texas
10th: Howard Community College, Columbia, Md. (tie)
10th: Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill. (tie)
Small colleges - less than 3,000 students:
1st: Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, Va. (tie)
1st: Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, N.Y. (tie)
2nd: Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyo.
3rd: New River Community College, Dublin, Va.
4th: Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, Neb.
5th: Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, Va. (tie)
5th: Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, Minn. (tie)
6th: Delgado Community College-West Bank Campus, New Orleans, La.
7th: Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, Mass.
8th: Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Minn.
9th: Kirtland Community College, Roscommon, Mich.
9th: Panola College, Carthage, Texas
10th: Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, Neb.