RCC Earns 3rd Place in Annual Digital Community Colleges Survey

Technology Team

The award-winning Technology Team at RCC (from left) — Michael Anthony, Rhett Moore, Dave Newsome, Dr. Virginia Jones, Kathy Vanlandingham, Joe Wolski and Tim Hoffman. Not pictured: Michelle Pearce, Ben Smither, Brandin Thompson.

Rappahannock Community College was again honored for its use of technology in the classroom by the Center for Digital Education (CDE). CDE announced its winners of its 2016-17 Digital Community Colleges survey, ranking RCC the 3rd Best Community College in the Small Colleges Category, which is 5,000 or fewer students.

“This is a tremendous honor for both RCC in general and for the technology staff here at the College,” says Dr. Virginia Jones, Dean of Technology and Learning Resources.

“We work very hard each day to give our students and faculty the very best technology and support available — the fact that we’ve been honored again by the CDE on a national level, that’s very special for everyone involved.”

This recent ranking is becoming “old hat” for Dr. Jones and her team, as they have consistently ranked in the top three positions for some time:

  • 2013 – 2nd
  • 2014 – 3rd
  • 2015 – 3rd

Among the innovations pushed RCC into their ranking for 2016 are the ease at which students can take classes online, the mixed video and in-person class environment, and an updated video lecture system.

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. The survey also revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities.