The Center for Digital Education (CDE) announced the winners of its 2015-16 Digital Community Colleges Survey last week. Now in its eleventh year, the survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.
"This year's survey indicates community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students," said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the CDE.
Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless networks.
LCCC received first place in its category, schools with enrollment up to 5,000 students.
The award noted that "Laramie County Community College recently revised its portal to include improved navigation and responsive technology. A content management system allows individual departments to control their content while also maintaining a consistent look and feel with the college's brand. The college is participating in Wyoming's unified network that will connect all K-12 schools and community colleges with an expanded broadband network."
This year's survey also revealed insights about community colleges' technology priorities. Colleges 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.
All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the Digital Community Colleges Survey within three classifications based on enrollment size.