Thomas Nelson Community College was named among winners of the ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. The sponsor, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE), recognized community colleges for innovative uses of technology to achieve first-rate learning environments.
Thomas Nelson ranked eighth among schools with 10,000 students or more. Other Virginia schools named as winners in the category were second-ranked Northern Virginia Community College, eighth-ranked Tidewater Community College and ninth-ranked Germana Community College.
“This award recognizes Thomas Nelson for its use of technology on its campuses that reflect a comprehensive implementation of technology supporting the college’s operations, as well as serving students, and faculty integration of technology into their curriculum,” said Wayne Davis, Director of Information Technology for Thomas Nelson. “Being ranked number eight nationally among community colleges with 10,000 or more students is truly a great honor. My thanks to the IT staff for their collaborative spirit in working with faculty, staff, and administrators in achieving this ranking.”
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 professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students.
In addition, colleges were surveyed on their technology priorities, infrastructure and networks, collaboration and outreach efforts and use of technology innovations.
“Community colleges across the country are employing technology in exciting ways to develop unique learning environments on campus and to expand online learning opportunities 24/7,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for CDE. “Many of the colleges honored this year have employed various technologies and social media to improve resources to further instructional goals. We are honored to acknowledge these community colleges’ technology advancements!”
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 insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.