2012 Survey Finds Community Colleges Expand Distance Learning and Offer More Student Services Online

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Oct. 18, 2012 – e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education announces the results and winners of the eighth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. 

Community Colleges across the nation respond to increased enrollments and limited budgets through innovative use of technology, according to the Digital Community Colleges Survey results released today.

92 percent have expanded distance learning offerings online and 77 percent have increased online student services.  Survey results also show that 95 percent are now using social networking to reach out to students and 79 percent use YouTube, up by 14 percent from 2011.  More survey findings here.

 “This survey gives great insight into the nation’s Community Colleges’ efforts to advance services to students through new technologies,” says 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 services and more. Congratulations!”

Colleges from 26 states across the U.S. participated in the 2012 Digital Community Colleges Survey.  Following are the top 10 ranked colleges in each of three categories.

2012 Digital Community Colleges Survey Winners:

Large Colleges Category - 10,000 Students or More

1st Lone Star College 

2nd Northwest Arkansas Community College

3rd Howard Community College

3rd Kingsborough Community College

4th Johnson County Community College

4th Northern Virginia Community College

5th Houston Community College

6th Delaware Technical and Community College

7th Delta College

7th Tidewater Community College

8th Montgomery County Community College

8th Salt Lake Community College

9th Moraine Valley Community College

10th Fayetteville Technical Community College

Mid-Sized Colleges Category - Between 5,000 and 10,000 Students

1st Lord Fairfax Community College

2nd Virginia Western Community College

3rd Laramie County Community College

4th Hostos Community College

5th Darton State College

6th Walters State Community College

7th Germanna Community College

7th Piedmont Virginia Community College

8th Southside Virginia Community College

9th Lake Land College

10th Minnesota West Community and Technical College               

Small Colleges Category – Less Than 5,000 Students

1st Carl Sandburg College

2nd Tompkins Cortland Community College

3rd Kirtland Community College

4th Atlanta Technical College

5th Lake-Sumter Community College

6th Halifax Community College

6th Rappahannock Community College

7th Patrick Henry Community College

8th Spoon River College

9th Southwest Virginia Community College

10th Panola College

Survey questions and criteria examined and scored areas of digital and emerging technologies, such as use of mobile devices and technology integration into curriculum; strategic planning and data management; and delivery models and professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students.

In addition, colleges were surveyed on their technology priorities, shared services and cloud computing; infrastructure and networks; and outreach and workforce development.

The Center for Digital Education thanks survey underwriters Insight Public Sector and Cisco for their support of community colleges across the nation.

About the Center for Digital Education

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. CDE’s media platform includes the Center for Digital Education's Converge Special Reports, centerdigitaled.com, email newsletters, and custom publications. 

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



Janet Grenslitt
Director of Surveys and Awards