Posted: April 18, 2016
Manchester Community College Moves Up In National Ranking from 9th to 5th
Manchester, NH – Technology is an ever-present component of our lives, with smart phones connecting us to information and people in ways never dreamed of just a few years ago. To keep pace with the demands of technology, Manchester Community College keeps students connected with online course offerings, cloud-based information sharing of data and educational tools, online resume building, and smart phone apps to make sure access to MCC information is just a touch away. Recognizing those investments in technology and career-building tools, the Center for Digital Education has ranked Manchester Community College one of the most tech savvy schools in the country for incorporating technology into the classroom.
The non-profit group ranked MCC 5th on the nation’s list of best “Digital Community Colleges” of its size up from its 9th place ranking on the same list one year ago.
“The pace of learning and the demands of students is very different than it was a generation ago, and we must make sure help and information is easily accessible,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “We appreciate that the Center for Digital Education recognizes the investments we are making to ensure students can access data, professional development tools, and access our robust online and mobile environments.”
According to CDE, leading schools such as Manchester Community College are using technology in ways that make the process less expensive for students as well as more user-friendly. “This year’s survey indicates that 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.”
“Students and faculty embrace the technology at use in our classrooms and on campus, and it supports the learning process,” explains Dr. Susan Huard, President of Manchester Community College. “Given that many in our student population are balancing work and family along with school, we need to ensure they are connected to information they need in a way that is streamlined and simple. Technology is used in the same way in the professional world, so our students are gaining the benefit of learning how to communicate effectively and efficiently in ways that will aid them well into the future.”