Delaware Technical & Community College ranked eighth nationwide among its peers in the Digital Community Colleges Survey, a comprehensive study conducted by the Center for Digital Education. The Center identifies and awards colleges that provide a high level of service to students and faculty through information technology. The survey examines areas of technology such as online admissions; student access to transcripts and grades; information security and infrastructure; weather and campus security alerts; and online library capabilities.
Delaware Tech’s Chief Technology Officer, Robert Messner, attributes the award to the success of several college-wide services including the ability for students to register and pay for their courses online as well as having access to library resources through the web. “We also scored high marks for the implementation of our emergency notification system and for our course management system which allows faculty and students to easily manage and access course materials from anywhere, “ Messner added. According to Delaware Tech President Orlando J. George, Jr., “This award truly belongs to our entire team of dedicated IT professionals who are committed to being responsive to the needs of our employees and our students.”
The League for Innovation in the Community College, an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement, sponsored the award. The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute providing education and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st Century. According to Marina Leight, vice president of the Center, this survey “showcases the best utilization of digital technology. Community colleges continue to be the place to look for innovation.”