The Center for Digital Education, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges, conducts the Digital Community Colleges Survey. The annual survey examines and documents how community colleges have progressed in using information technology to deliver services to their students, faculty and staff. Presidents at nearly 1,000 community colleges across the nation are invited to participate in the survey.
More than 200 community colleges across the country participated in the survey. Colleges were grouped into three categories based on city and student population: large/urban, mid/suburban and small/rural.
College officials responded to a set of 24 questions in the survey that addressed online capabilities, such as admission, registration, bookstores, and grades. Additional questions focused on the availability of technology tools and training for teachers and faculty, along with strategic plans across departments and within curriculum planning. Colleges were ranked according to a four-point scale, providing Web site addresses and background data for final verification and validation.
2005 Top 10 Digital Community Colleges
1st Place (tie): St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Fla.
1st Place (tie): York Technical College, Rock Hill, S.C.
2nd Place: Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo.
3rd Place: Miami-Dade College, Miami, Fla.
4th Place: North Harris Montgomery Community College, The Woodlands, Texas
5th Place: Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, R.I.
6th Place: Darton College, Albany, Ga.
7th Place: Florida Community College, Jacksonville, Fla.
8th Place: Broward Community College, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
9th Place: Cumberland County College, Vineland, N.J.
10th Place: Rio Salado College, Tempe, Ariz.
1st Place: Indian River Community College, Fort Pierce, Fla.
2nd Place: Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.
3rd Place: Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md.
4th Place: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
5th Place: Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pa.
6th Place: College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, Md.
7th Place: San Juan College, Farmington, N.M.
8th Place: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Va.
9th Place: Carroll Community College, Westminster, Md.
10th Place: Macomb Community College, Warren, Mich.
1st Place: Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, N.Y.
2nd Place: Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, Pa.
3rd Place: Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, Va.
4th Place: Kirtland Community College, Roscommon, Mich.
5th Place: Panola College, Carthage, Texas
6th Place: Aims Community College, Greeley, Colo.
7th Place: Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, Iowa
8th Place: Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Granite Falls, Minn.
9th Place: Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, Va.
10th Place: Lake-Sumter Community College, Leesburg, Fla.
For more information on the Digital Community Colleges Survey, contact Janet Grenslitt.