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9 trends shared by innovative community colleges

Annual survey highlights how innovative community colleges use technology to forge new paths

Supporting mobile devices is a top priority among a majority of community colleges surveyed in the Center for Digital Education’s annual Digital Community Colleges Survey, which offers an inside look at schools’ technology and innovation priorities.

Other priorities include cybersecurity tools and testing, redesigning or upgrading websites, upgrading classroom technologies, digital content and curriculum, and disaster recovery/business continuity.

According to the survey, 34 percent of community colleges have a strategy in place for the use of mobile devices; 35 percent have a full-time chief information security officer or a similar full-time role; 71 percent of surveyed community colleges’ websites have responsive web design; and 88 percent have off-site data storage redundancies in place.

The survey names three winners, grouped by enrollment size, based on how they use a range of technologies to improve services for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The three winners are J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Va. (Enrollment 10,000 students or more); Walters State Community College, Tenn. (Enrollment between 5,000 and 10,000 students); and Manchester Community College, N.H. (Enrollment of 5,000 or fewer students).

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