Oct. 27, 2004
Catholic University Named One of
Top 10 ‘Most Connected
Campuses’ by Forbes.com
The Catholic University of America is one of the 10 “Most Connected Campuses” in America, according to a new ranking compiled by The Princeton Review and Forbes.com.
Catholic University was ranked 8th nationwide; the list is based on data gathered by The Princeton Review from 357 colleges and universities around the country, measuring the level of technology infrastructure and services campuses have made available to students.
CUA is the only university in the Washington, D.C., area that ranked as one of the top 25 schools on the list, which can be found on the Forbes Web site at: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2004/10/20/04conncampland.html.
“We’re constantly focusing on our students, trying to make sure they have the best available connections and the latest innovative technologies,” says Zia Mafaher, CUA’s chief information officer and executive director of its Center for Planning and Information Technology. “It is gratifying that this focus has been recognized by this ranking.”
The survey included questions about the technological capabilities of each campus. Forbes considered factors such as the ratio of computers to students; if students could register for courses online; if the campus offers a university-wide network; if the school has wireless Internet capabilities and if the university made use of video or audio streaming capabilities.
At CUA, prospective students can use the Internet to apply for admission, register for classes, obtain transcripts and course schedules, and check their grades. Every building on campus is connected to the university’s network and has high-speed Internet access, as well as access to Internet2, the nationwide research network. Students have access to 24-hour computer labs and wired residence halls. The university has boosted the number of smart and multimedia classrooms and has expanded its wireless network to the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library and the Columbus School of Law.
Students have access to Web tools for e-mail, individual Web space and online environments that link to desired and needed information. CUA offers both Blackboard and WebCT for online instruction. Many cultural and pedagogical programs and seminars are streamed live across the web. In addition, a student-centered computer ethics policy has been recently revised.
In 2000, Catholic University ranked 62nd in Yahoo! Internet Life magazine’s list of the “100 Most Wired Universities” in the United States. The Yahoo! survey was conducted by Peterson’s, a publisher of college guides and other education publications in print and online. More than 1,300 institutions provided information for the survey.
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