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Tompkins Cortland Named a Top Digital Community College

October 24, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College has been recognized on the national and state levels for excellence in its use of technology to serve students. Tompkins Cortland was named a winner in the "Digital Community College Survey" conducted by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education, the sixth straight time the College has earned that distinction. Tompkins Cortland has also been named a recipient of a "Best of New York" award from e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Government Technology, in partnership with the state of New York. It’s the second time the College has received a "Best of New York" designation from this group.

The "Digital Community College Survey" documents advancements made by community colleges in utilizing information technology and recognizes which colleges are providing a high level of service to faculty, students, and communities as a result. Tompkins Cortland finished second in the ranking of small colleges, as defined by having an enrollment of less than 5,000 students. No other SUNY institution was among the 36 honored in the small, mid-sized, or large college categories.

"This survey gives great insight into the nation’s community colleges’ efforts to advance services to students through new technologies," said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of e.Republic. "The winners in these categories have increased the number of computers and kiosks, automated labor-intensive processes, improved student portals, and increased student online service and more."

Carl Sandberg College (Ill.) was voted the best in the small school category, followed by Tompkins Cortland. Kirtland Community College (Mich.), Atlanta Technical College (Ga.), and Lake-Sumter Community College (Fla.) filled out the top five.

The Best of New York awards are designed to recognize IT professionals and projects in state and local government organizations and educational institutions. Tompkins Cortland was the lone education institution honored. The College won for modifications to its Mobile site that include status notifications designed to help students stay current on information important to their educational career. Tompkins Cortland also won a Best of New York award in 2009.

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. The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.