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Top Ten Digital Colleges

Minnesota West Community & Technical College ranks in the top ten mid-sized colleges for the 2012 Digital Community Colleges Survey.

e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education announces the results and winners of the eighth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.

Community Colleges across the nation respond to increased enrollments and limited budgets through innovative use of technology, according to the Digital Community Colleges Survey results released today.

92 percent have expanded distance learning offerings online and 77 percent have increased online student services. Survey results also show that 95 percent are now using social networking to reach out to students and 79 percent use YouTube, up by 14 percent from 2011.

“This survey gives great insight into the nation’s Community Colleges’ efforts to advance services to students through new technologies,” says 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 and more. Congratulations!”

Colleges from 26 states across the U.S. participated in the 2012 Digital Community Colleges Survey.

Mid-Sized Colleges Category - Between 5,000 and 10,000 Students

1st Lord Fairfax Community College
2nd Virginia Western Community College
3rd Laramie County Community College
4th Hostos Community College
5th Darton State College
6th Walters State Community College
7th Germanna Community College
7th Piedmont Virginia Community College
8th Southside Virginia Community College
9th Lake Land College
10th Minnesota West Community & Technical College

Survey questions and criteria examined and scored areas of digital and emerging technologies, such as use of mobile devices and technology integration into curriculum; strategic planning and data management; and delivery models and professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students. In addition, colleges were surveyed on their technology priorities, shared services and cloud computing; infrastructure and networks; and outreach and workforce development.

The Center for Digital Education thanks survey underwriters Insight Public Sector and Cisco for their support of community colleges across the nation.

About the Center for Digital Education
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’s media platform includes the Center for Digital Education's Converge Special Reports,, email newsletters, and custom publications. The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

Janet Grenslitt
Director of Surveys and Awards