Walters State Community College has again been named one of the most tech-savvy community colleges in the country. Walters State came in at No. 6 on this year’s annual “Digital Community Colleges Survey,” conducted by eRepublic’s Center for Digital Education and “Converge Online.”
The college has been close to the top in each of the previous seven rankings. The study examined how colleges integrated technology into college curriculum and campus life. Areas measured by the survey include digital and emerging technologies, strategic planning and data management, delivery models, workforce development, technology priorities, and professional development opportunities. This year’s survey also considered how community colleges used technology to respond to increased enrollments and limited budgets.
“Much of the credit for this ranking goes to our faculty and administrators who are always eager to embrace technology and share with students. The use of technology has expanded even more in the past year due to the use of mobile devices like iPads in classrooms,” said Dr. Wade B. McCamey, president of Walters State.
“This national recognition also shows the excellence demonstrated by Walters State’s Information and Educational Technologies department, the people responsible for installing and maintaining technology. This department has set a high standard for providing innovative and user-friendly technological services that enhance learning and engage students,” McCamey said.
Walters State is the only college in Tennessee to be named on the survey. It is ranked among mid-sized community colleges, with enrollments between 5,000-10,000. The top-ranked school in that category is Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Va.
“This survey gives great insight into the nation’s community colleges’ efforts to advance services to students through new technologies,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of e.Republic.
“The winners in these categories have increased the number of computers and kiosks, automated labor-intensive processes, improved student portals and increased student online services,” she added.
The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. The center publishes “Converge Online” and “Converge Special Reports.”
This year’s survey was underwritten by Insight Public Sector and Cisco. The survey can be viewed at www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-community-colleges/.