The E.Republic’s Center for Digital Education has awarded Hostos Community College as a 2010 Top Digital Community College in the U.S. The award recognizes community colleges that are leading the way in utilizing technology to provide “exceptional services to students, educators and administrators”.
The awards were based on responses to a nationwide survey requesting information on online registration, distance learning, tutoring and advisory services, technology training, and social networking/collaborative use of technology.
Mr. Varun Sehgal, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Hostos, indicated he disseminated the survey to the various divisions of the college and urged them to respond. The information was collected then submitted to the Center for consideration.
“Hostos got an A grade!” said Sehgal. “I was confident that Hostos could score really well on this survey with all the advances and recent developments we have made in recent years.”
Recent developments at the college include a web-based grade submission and enrollment verification system; enhancements and additions to online technology, library and career workshops; Green Computing labs; additional Smart Classrooms; Digital Signage across the campus for class schedules and informational updates; and an online Technology Resource Reservation System to assist in scheduling the reservation of multimedia carts, lab space, laptop carts and smart classroom use. In addition, online transcript requests and mobile computing support have also been expanded.
The Information Technology Department at Hostos Community College is committed to providing a secure, cost-effective and reliable state-of-the-art technology infrastructure and computing environment to enable and enhance the productivity, accessibility and user experience for all of its constituents while focusing on a dedication towards customer service to support the College’s mission.
Following is a statement regarding awards released by Converge.com:
Top U.S. Community Colleges Awarded for Digital Technology
By Converge Staff
on October 28, 2010
E.Republic’s Center for Digital Education and Converge Online today announced the top-rated community colleges in the sixth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. Recognized institutions are national leaders in utilizing technology to provide exceptional services to students, educators and administrators.
The survey examined community colleges’ use of technology to enhance the student experience and increase educator effectiveness. The survey also looked at the technological tools schools had in place to increase convenience and provide alternative learning options. Specifically, the survey noted schools’ use of online registration, distance learning, tutoring and advisory services. Technology training for students and faculty and Web 2.0 social and collaborative capabilities were also key indicators of success.
“Community colleges are a vital component of preparing our nation’s future workforce for success. As enrollment at these institutions explodes, the top-rated schools are providing a blueprint for ensuring [that] students are receiving the best education possible with their exemplary use of technology,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center for Digital Education. “We commend these schools for their hard work and congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition.”
Top Community Colleges – receiving the highest grades were:
A+ | Catawba Valley Community College, Laramie County Community College, Montgomery County Community College, Northern Virginia Community College and Tompkins Cortland Community College.
A | Carl Sandburg College, Darton College, Delta College, Hostos Community College, Houston Community College, Howard Community College, Johnson County Community College, Kingsborough Community College, Kirtland Community College, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Scottsdale Community College, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Western Community College and Walters State Community College.
The Center for Digital Education and Converge Online thank the survey underwriters for their support of community colleges across the nation:
Hyland Software – A leader in enterprise content management (ECM) solutions for colleges and universities, Hyland Software’s Higher Education Solutions group provides proven integrated document and process management. Today, more than 400 colleges and universities use Hyland’s solutions across admissions, development, accounting and more.
TechSmith – With TechSmith software—like Snagit and Camtasia Studio—educators can create anything from images for presentations, to on-demand video lessons recorded from their computer screen. Create engaging, visual content with TechSmith’s family of software solutions.
The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE supports the Converge media platform composed of the Converge Special Reports and Converge Online.
The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.