May 16, 2018 – The Center for Digital Education (CDE) announced the winners of its 2017-18 Digital Community Colleges Survey. Now in its thirteenth 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.
Davidson County Community College ranked eighth nationally in digital excellence for mid-size community colleges. The college moved up two places in the ranking from last year. Director of Information Technology Services Donald Beck accepted the award on behalf of the college at the annual American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference.
“The top-ten winning colleges reflect a comprehensive implementation of technology supporting the educational institution’s operations, as well as serving students, faculty and administrators,” said Director of Surveys and Awards Janet Grenslit of the Center for Digital Excellence.
The national survey revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support is their top priority for the coming year, followed by cyber security tools and testing, website redesign/updates, upgrading classroom technologies, digital content and curriculum, and disaster recovery/business continuity. The survey revealed that 34% of colleges have a strategy in place for the use of mobile devices; 35% have a full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or similar full-time staff in charge of cybersecurity; 71% of the colleges’ websites have responsive web design; and 88% of collegeshave off-site data storage redundancies in place.
Photo Caption: Director of Information Technology Services Donald Beck
About Davidson County Community College: Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.
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 provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Learn more at: www.centerdigitaled.com CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.