RCC scores high in digital survey

RCC's IT Team

RCC’s dean of technology and learning resources, Leslie Smith, with members of her dedicated team of tech experts. Seated, left to right: Dean Smith, technology specialist Kristy Walker, and information security analyst Michael Anthony. Standing, left to right: network technicians Scott Peebles and Joe Wolski. Not pictured: network operations manager Dave Newsome, programmer/analyst Bob Whitney, e-learning specialist Tim Hoffman, Shared Services liaison Jessica Coates, and network technicians Reed Elam, Rhett Moore, and Michelle Pearce.

The ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey from the California-based e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE) has resulted in a second-place win for Rappahannock Community College and an excellent showing for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in general. The survey results recognize community colleges across the nation for their innovative uses of technology to achieve first-rate student learning environments. All accredited United States community colleges are eligible to participate, under three classifications based on number of students enrolled.

RCC achieved second place in the enrollment category of 5,000 students or less, with five other VCCS members also placing in that category. Five VCCS colleges placed in the mid-sized category—between 5,000 and 10,000 students—while four more placed in the “over 10,000 students” category — a total of 15 places won among the 23 VCCS colleges, out of 44 awarded. (Ten awards were given in each category, but there were several two- and three-way ties). For additional results, please visit the CDE website.

The survey examined and scored such aspects of digital and emerging technologies as use of mobile devices; integrating technology into the curriculum; strategic planning and data management; and professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students. In addition, colleges were surveyed on their technology priorities, infrastructure and networks, collaboration and outreach efforts, and use of technology innovations.

“Community colleges across the country are employing technology in exciting ways to develop unique learning environments on campus and to expand online learning opportunities 24/7,” says Alan Cox, CDE’s senior vice president. “Many of the colleges honored this year have employed various technologies and social media to improve resources and to further instructional goals. We are honored to acknowledge these community colleges’ technology advancements!”

“It’s an honor to win the Digital Community College award,” says Leslie Smith, RCC’s dean of technology and learning resources. “RCC earned this award because its faculty and staff are passionate, caring, and willing to experiment with new technology and innovation to support the students. It is really exciting to be acknowledged by our peers for our hard work toward excellence in the application of educational technology.”

CDE is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. In addition to advising the education industry, conducting relevant research, issuing white papers, and producing premier annual surveys and awards programs, CDE hosts events for the education community. Its media platform includes the quarterly Center for Digital Education’s Special Reports, centerdigitaled.com, e-mail newsletters, and custom publications. Its parent, e.Republic, is the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.