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NCC Ranks Seventh Among Most Innovative Digital Community Colleges

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NCC President Dr. Bill Carver (right) and Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dr. Jonathan Vester (left of center), with Institutional Technology, Instructional Media and Marketing staff. The teams recently earned seventh place in the U.S. for campus’ digital presence among colleges of the same size.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) has announced the winners of its 2016-17 Digital Community Colleges Survey. Nash Community College ranks seventh in the nation among colleges of its size for its use of technology to engage students and improve learning, according to the study. The campus ranked eighth in 2015, and sixth in 2016.

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.

“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are continuing to improve efforts at creating cost-effective platforms and Open Education Resources, mobile environments, real-time resources, telepresence robots and more to create robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education.

The 2016-17 Digital Community Colleges survey revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support is their top priority in the coming year, followed by website redesign/updates, cybersecurity tools and testing, and digital content and curriculum. The survey revealed that 54% of colleges offer professional development courses on how to use mobile apps for instruction; 28% of colleges offer professional development for teachers or provide specific policies regarding how to protect student privacy when using apps; and 91% offer professional development courses on how to integrate technology into curriculum and instructional practices.

All accredited U.S. community colleges were eligible to participate in the Digital Community Colleges Survey within three classifications based on enrollment size.  

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Click here for more information.

CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.