The Center for Digital Education’s 2016-17 Digital Community Colleges Survey Awards honor community colleges utilizing technology to engage students and improve learning.
April 18, 2017 - The Center for Digital Education (CDE) announced the winners of its 2016-17 Digital Community Colleges Survey today. Now in its twelfth 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.
“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are continuing to improve efforts at creating cost-effective platforms and Open Education Resources, mobile environments, real-time resources, telepresence robots and more to create robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.”
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 website redesign/updates, cybersecurity tools and testing, and digital content and curriculum. The survey revealed that 54% of colleges offer professional development courses on how to use mobile apps for instruction; 28% of colleges offer professional development for teachers or provide specific policies regarding how to protect student privacy when using apps.; and 91% offer professional development courses on how to integrate technology into curriculum and instructional practices.
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: Montgomery County Community College, Pa.; Hostos Community College, N.Y.; and Laramie County Community College, Wyo.
2016-2017 Digital Community Colleges Survey Top Ten-Ranking Colleges
Large Colleges Category – 10,000 Students or More:
1st Thomas Nelson Community College, Va.
2nd Harper College, Ill.
3rd Howard Community College, Md.
4th Fayetteville Technical Community College, N.C.
4th Kirkwood Community College, Iowa
4th Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, N.C.
5th Northern Virginia Community College
6th Central Piedmont Community College, N.C.
6th Lone Star College, Texas
7th HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
7th Sinclair Community College, Ohio
8th J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Va.
8th Pellissippi State Community College, Tenn.
9th Delaware Technical Community College
9th Northampton Community College, Penn.
9th San Antonio College, Texas
10th Western Iowa Tech Community College
Mid-sized Colleges Category – Between 5,000 and 10,000 Students:
1st Lord Fairfax Community College, Va.
2nd Virginia Western Community College
2nd Walters State Community College, Tenn.
3rd Cleveland Community College, N.C.
4th Columbia State Community College, Tenn.
4th Delta College, Mich.
4th Kansas City Kansas Community College
5th Piedmont Virginia Community College
6th Mott Community College, Mich.
7th Nash Community College, N.C.
7th Central Virginia Community College
7th Southwest Tennessee College
8th Northeast Community College, Neb.
8th Saint Paul College, Minn.
9th Minnesota West Community and Technical College
10th Davidson County Community College, N.C.
10th Germanna Community College, Va.
10th Lake Land College, Ill.
Small Colleges Category – 5,000 or fewer Students:
1st Carl Sandburg College, Ill.
2nd Mid-Plains Community College, Neb.
3rd Rappahannock Community College, Va.
4th Manchester Community College, N.H.
5th Jefferson Community College, N.Y.
5th Lake Sumter State College, Fla.
6th Kirtland Community College, Mich.
7th Bay de Noc Community College, Mich.
7th Halifax Community College, N.C.
8th Central Maine Community College
8th Southwest Virginia Community College
9th Blue Ridge Community College, Va.
9th North Arkansas College
9th Tompkins Cortland Community College N.Y.
10th Lake Area Technical Institute, S.D.
10th Patrick Henry Community College, Va.
Selected Survey Findings:
Digital Community Colleges Survey Top 10 Priorities for the Coming Year:
1. Mobility (devices and app support);
2. Website Redesign/ Updates
3. Cyber Security Tools and Testing
4. Digital Content and Curriculum
5. Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
5. Hire and Retain Competent IT Personnel
5. Server Consolidation and Virtualization
6. Network Infrastructure Modernization (Wired and/or Wireless)
7. Computer Refresh
8. Server Refresh
9. Desktop virtualization
10. Migrate to cloud services
Internet of Things: 51% of colleges are actively considering the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) in their strategic planning. (up 9 percent over last year)
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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