Virginia Western Places 2nd in Digital Community Colleges Survey

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Virginia Western Community College placed second in the mid-sized colleges category of the Center for Digital Education’s 2015-16 Digital Community Colleges Survey. Now in its 11th year, the Digital Community Colleges Survey analyzes how community colleges across the country use a range of technologies to improve services for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Virginia Western has been selected for Top 3 honors on the Digital Community Colleges Survey for each of the past six years. The college, which earned a first-place ranking in 2011, recently relaunched a new website.

Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless networks.

This year’s Digital Community Colleges Survey also revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support and website redesign are their top priorities in the coming year, followed by cybersecurity tools and testing, network infrastructure modernization, server consolidation and virtualization, and disaster recovery/business continuity. The survey also revealed that 59 percent of colleges now offer professional development courses on how to use mobile apps for instruction while 93 percent 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.

Find the full list from the Center for Digital Education.