Hudson Valley Ranks Among Top 2 Percent Of Wired Colleges
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, December 21, 2001
Hudson Valley Community College is ranked No.
19 among two-year institutions across the country in the recently released
"Yahoo! Internet Life 2001 Most Wired Colleges" survey.
This is the first time Hudson Valley has participated
in the survey, which has been conducted for the last four years. The survey's
main objective is to judge American colleges with regard to the presence
and helpfulness of their Internet and Web resources.
"Hudson Valley Community College was founded
in 1953 as a technology school," said John Buono, president of the college.
"I'm quite proud of our ranking in the ‘Yahoo! Internet Life 2001 Most
Wired Colleges' survey. Clearly, Hudson Valley Community College still
understands and stresses the importance of technology."
"Today's students are computer literate and
in choosing a college they do look at the degree to which technology will
be a part of their educational experience,' said Bryan Eaton, Hudson Valley's
director of Computer Services. "Being recognized as one of the nations
top 20 community colleges in this survey shows that a student attending
Hudson Valley will receive an education enriched with technology."
Roughly 1,700 community colleges, from all
50 states, were invited to participate in this year's survey, which was
conducted by Yahoo! in partnership with Peterson's, a prominent national
provider of education information online and in print. Each school was
scored in six categories: infrastructure; student resources; Web portal;
e-learning; technical support; and wireless access.
Overall, Hudson Valley placed among the top
two percent of community colleges. Hudson Valley received a B+ in the Web
portal category, which factors in design and navigability, as well as usefulness
of the college's Admissions Web site and the availability of information.
The survey further enhances Hudson Valley's
reputation as a technology savvy campus: the college boasts a Computer
Café, open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with 99
computers using the Windows 2000 operating system; the total number of
student-access computers has doubled in the past academic year, jumping
from 160 open-access computers to 304 computers that are available to students;
and a faculty member from the college's Instructional Support Services
is on-duty at the Computer Café from at 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to assist
Additionally, Hudson Valley recently put laptop
computers in the hands of 40 students in the college's Computer Information
Systems department, introducing wireless computing to these students and
about a dozen members of the college faculty.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions:
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and
Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic
and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University
of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students,
and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce