SOURCE: The Center for Digital Education

April 03, 2007 19:39 ET

Top Digital Community Colleges Announced for 2007

FOLSOM, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 3, 2007 -- 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 the 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.

"Once again, the community colleges are implementing innovative projects and programs with technology that are setting new standards for post-secondary education," said Marina Leight, vice president for education of the Center for Digital Education. "This year's community college winners have made a resounding commitment to improved delivery of services to students as well as leading the way for rich learning environments designed to make a difference in a student's career."

The survey is sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent. For a complete list of winners, please visit the Center for Digital Education Web site at http://www.centerdigitaled.com. Awards will be presented to the winners at a reception on April 16th during the 87th annual AACC conference in Tampa, Fla.

The Center for Digital Education is a premier resource for technology policy and utilization in K-12 and higher education. From its market intelligence programs, advisory services and research, to its annual events, custom publishing and publications, the Center provides the most dynamic and diverse opportunities for private and public sector leaders to succeed in 21st century education. The Center for Digital Education is a division of e.Republic, Inc. (http://www.erepublic.com/), the nation's leading publishing, research, event, and new media company focused on information technology for the state/local government and education markets.

The AACC represents the nation's 1,202 accredited community, junior, and technical colleges. The colleges comprise the largest sector of higher education, serving almost half (45 percent) of U.S. undergraduates, an estimated 10 million students each year.

For more information on the Digital Community Colleges Survey, contact Janet Grenslitt, at (916) 932-1363 or jgrenslitt@centerdigitaled.com.

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