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Panola College Digital Community Ranking

Panola College earned a spot in the top 10 ranking of Digital Community
Colleges in the most recent survey and competition. Panola was awarded
ninth place in the small college category of schools with under 5,000
students. Allen West, Panola College Director of Information Technology,
made the announcement on Thursday, April 7.
Now in its eleventh year, the Digital Community Colleges Survey analyzes
how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to
students, faculty, staff and the community at large.
“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are making great strides
in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to
assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and
mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive
director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this
year’s survey winners.”
Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online
courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless
This year’s Digital Community Colleges Survey also revealed insights about
community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that
mobility devices/app support and website redesign are their top priorities
in the coming year, followed by cyber security tools and testing, network
infrastructure modernization, server consolidation and virtualization, and
disaster recovery/business continuity. The survey also revealed that, 59%
of colleges now offer professional development courses on how to use mobile
apps for instruction; while 93% offer professional development courses on
how to integrate technology into curriculum and instructional practices.
All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the
Digital Community Colleges Survey within three classifications based on
enrollment size. CDE thanks last year’s first-place winners who abstained
from participation to contribute as members of the development panel for
this year’s survey: Northern Virginia Community College, Va.; Lord Fairfax
Community College, Va.; and Carl Sandburg College, Ill.
The Center for Digital Education 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. For more information and a complete
listing of colleges that earned distinction, visit the Digital Community
Colleges Survey 2015-2016.

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