The Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine have selected 31 community colleges as outstanding examples of technology delivery in higher education. The fourth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey identifies and spotlights colleges that provide a high level of service to their students and faculty through information technology. Schools were placed in three categories based on size of enrollment, with college officials providing information from the 2007 school year. At the survey's conclusion, the top 10 in each of the three categories were named. The survey examined areas of technology ranging from online admissions, student access to transcripts and grades, information security and infrastructure, to weather and campus security alerts and online library capabilities.
The first place winners in each of the three categories were:
- Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pa. - (7,500 or more students)
- Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo. - (3,000 - 7,500 students)
- Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Ill. - (less than 3,000 students)
Marina Leight, vice president of the Center, said, "Our revised 2008 digital community college survey showcases the best utilization of digital technology. Community colleges continue to be the place to look for innovation."
For more on the winners, download the Converge article Data Expose.
The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute providing education and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.
The Center is a division of e.Republic, Inc. a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector. For more information on e.Republic visit www.erepublic.com.
7,500 students or more:
1st: Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pa.
2nd: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Va.
3rd: Florida Community College, Jacksonville, Fla.
4th: Miami Dade College, Miami, Fla.
5th: Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, Va.
6th: Howard Community College, Columbia, Md.
7th: Macomb Community College, Warren, Mich. (tie)
7th: St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Fla. (tie)
8th: Delaware Technical and Community College, Dover, Del.
9th: Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.
10th: Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- between 3,000 and 7,500 students:
1st: Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo.
2nd: Darton College, Albany, Ga.
3rd: Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, N.Y.
4th: Harford Community College, Bel Air, Md.
5th: Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, N.C.
6th: Carroll Community College, Westminster, Md.
7th: Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw, Va.
8th: Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tenn.
9th: Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill.
10th: Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minn.
less than 3,000 students:
1st: Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Ill.
2nd: Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyo.
3rd: Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, Minn.
4th: Panola College, Carthage, Texas
5th: Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, Mass.
6th: Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, Neb.
7th: Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, Va.
8th: Kirtland Community College, Roscommon, Mich.
9th: Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, Va.
10th: Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Clifton Forge, Va.
For more information on the Digital Community Colleges Survey, please contact Janet Grenslitt at (916) 932-1363.