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Release Date: 4/20/2005

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Carroll Community College Ranked Among the Top Ten Digital Community Colleges in the Nation


College Recognized in Mid/Suburban Category

Carroll Community College has received national recognition for its use of technology by being named one of the Top 10 Digital Community Colleges in 2005. This honor is bestowed on select community colleges by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges.

The ranking was established based on the third Digital Community Colleges survey. The survey examined how community colleges are using technology to streamline operations, and to better serve students, faculty and staff. More than 200 community colleges across the country participated in the survey.

Top colleges were grouped into three categories based on city and student population. Carroll was recognized within the mid/suburban category.

"I am delighted that Carroll has earned this honor and has surpassed expectations for campus technology," said Dr. Faye Pappalardo, president of the college. "I want to acknowledge our staff, who works hard every day to progress with the fast pace of technology."

"The college has an objective to provide state-of-the-art learning resources to all of our students and business partners," said Alan Schuman, vice president of Administration at Carroll. "Our commitment to maintaining state-of-the-art technology in support of learning is directly related to this objective. The college is proud that, through its partnership with the Carroll County government, we continue to dedicate the financial resources to support improvements.

"We are grateful to the college staff, which spends a considerable amount of time and effort researching and implementing technology improvements," said Schuman. "It is with a great sense of accomplishment, that the president and board of trustees of Carroll Community College, acknowledge the receipt of this honor from the American Association of Community Colleges and the Center for Digital Education."

"The award is really a college-wide achievement," said Rick Gould, director, Information Technology at Carroll. "The leadership comes from Dr. Faye Pappalardo and the executive team. The faculty, information technology team, staff, and students work together to bring the executive vision to reality. Carroll is building a learning environment where all students have an advantage that helps them develop the knowledge and skills they will need to meet their academic and workplace goals."

 

Cutting-Edge Technology
The college has provided students ready access to computers for in-class instruction, on-line research, and assignment preparation with the latest software. "Students who transfer from Carroll to four-year universities often comment on how they miss the superior technology they enjoyed at Carroll," said Dr. Craig Clagett, vice president for Planning, Marketing and Assessment at the college. "This national recognition is validation of our claim that we provide better technology to our students."

Community college officials responded to a set of 24 questions in the survey that addressed online capabilities, such as admission, registration, bookstores and grades.

The top three survey questions were:

1) Can students apply for admission online?
2) Is the student course registration process moving from in-line to on-line?
3) Can students access an on-line bookstore for their course books and materials?

Additional questions focused on the availability of technology tools and training for college staff and faculty. Another measure was technology planning across departments and within curricula. College websites were also included in the evaluations.

Carroll is conveniently located at 1601 Washington Rd. in Westminster, Md.

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