This is the first year Lone Star has been recognized, and our goal is to be in first place in 2012.

To foster innovation, the Office of Technology Services budgets and offers $500,000 annually to pioneering faculty and staff in the development, deployment, or implementation of new and emerging technologies into teaching and learning.

This innovation grant was mentioned when the Chronicle of Higher Education reported Lone Star as one of the “Top 100 Places to Work For.”

The results speak for themselves: Whether nursing students are practicing resuscitation of a child in distress using a SIM baby, or English as a Second Language students are viewing their language lessons from home via cloud computing, or students in geoscience courses gain real-world skills using state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS software in their lab activities and research projects, Lone Star’s integration of technology into instruction dramatically affects student learning.

Have you noticed an increase in student performance and/or motivation? If so, how?

Our students are achieving their goals more than ever. They are kept informed via digital signage, our web portal, and QR codes, and they collaborate with faculty using WebEx and telepresence technology.

Students vote with their feet, and Lone Star is one of the fastest-growing institutions of higher education in the country. Students realize the value of our education, and their success translates into matriculation at universities like Rice, the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Stanford, Berkley, and the like. We are among the top 10 producers of associate degrees in the country and also a top 10 producer of associate degrees by Hispanic students.

Recently, Lone Star received one of only four national “Completion By Design” grants funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and we serve as its managing partner. Among many differentiating factors was our track record in strong student support.

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