April 25, 2018 - The Center for Digital Education (CDE) announced the winners of its 2017-18 Digital Community Colleges Survey today. Now in its thirteenth year, the Digital Community Colleges Survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.
Highlights of the First-Place Colleges in each Category:
The survey also revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support is their top priority in the coming year, followed by cybersecurity tools and testing, website redesign/updates, upgrading classroom technologies, digital content and curriculum, and disaster recovery/business continuity. The survey revealed that 34% of colleges have a strategy in place for the use of mobile devices; 35% have a full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or similar full-time staff in charge of cybersecurity; 71% of the colleges’ websites have responsive web design; and 88% of colleges have off-site data storage redundancies in place.
All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the Digital Community Colleges Survey within three classifications based on enrollment size. CDE thanks last year’s first-place winners who abstained from participation to contribute as members of the development panel for this year’s survey: Thomas Nelson Community College, Va.; Lord Fairfax Community College, Va.; and Carl Sandburg College, Ill.
2017-2018 Digital Community Colleges Survey Top Ten-Ranking Colleges
Large Colleges Category – 10,000 Students or More:
1st J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Va.
2nd Kirkwood Community College, Iowa
3rd La Guardia Community College, N.Y.
3rd Northern Virginia Community College
4th Howard Community College, Md.
4th Johnson County Community College, Kan.
4th Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, N.C.
5th Fayetteville Technical Community College, N.C.
5th Lone Star College, Texas
6th HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
6th Houston Community College, Texas
6th San Antonio College, Texas
7th Central Piedmont Community College, N.C.
8th Pellissippi State Community College, Tenn.
8th William Rainey Harper College, Ill.
9th Kingsborough Community College, N.Y.
10th Bucks County Community College, Pa.
Mid-sized Colleges Category – Between 5,000 and 10,000 Students:
1st Walters State Community College, Tenn.
2nd Cleveland Community College, N.C.
2nd Hostos Community College, N.Y.
3rd Columbia State Community College, Tenn.
3rd Virginia Western Community College
4th Delta College, Mich.
4th Saint Paul College, Minn.
5th Piedmont Virginia Community College
6th Kansas City Kansas Community College
7th Georgia Piedmont Technical College
8th Davidson County Community College, N.C.
8th Mott Community College, Mich.
9th Minnesota West Community and Technical College
10th Genesee Community College, N.Y.
10th Lake Land College, Ill.
10th Mohawk Valley Community College, N.Y.
Small Colleges Category – 5,000 or fewer Students:
1st Manchester Community College, N.H.
2nd Rappahannock Community College, Va.
3rd Central Maine Community College
4th Kirtland Community College, Mich.
4th Wytheville Community College, Va.
5th Bay de Noc Community College, Mich.
6th St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Minn.
7th Panola College, Texas
8th Lakeshore Technical College, Wis.
9th Laramie County Community College, Wyo.
10th Central Virginia Community College
10th Lake Area Technical Institute, S.D.
10th Northeast Mississippi Community College
Selected Survey Findings:
Digital Community Colleges Survey Top 10 Priorities for the Coming Year:
1. Mobility (devices and app support)
2. Cyber Security Tools and Testing
2. Website Redesign/Updates
3. Upgrade Classroom Technologies
4. Digital Content and Curriculum
5. Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
5. Network Infrastructure Modernization (Wired and/or Wireless)
6. Server Consolidation and Virtualization
7. Computer Refresh
8. Hire and Retain Competent IT Personnel
9. New/Updated Enterprise System
10. Server Refresh
Upgrading Classrom Technologies:
Content and Curriculum:
Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity:
About the Center for Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Learn more at: www.centerdigitaled.com
CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
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Janet Grenslitt, Director of Surveys and Awards