354 universities were nominated for the award and the top 10 institutions featured extraordinary innovation in 1 of the following 5 categories:
Leadership, Governance and Policy
Teaching & Learning
IT Infrastructure & Systems
Student Systems and Services
10 Most High Tech Colleges of 2012 Winners:
Athabasca University Category: Leadership, Governance and Policy Athabasca has implemented an “Open Knowledge Environment” in which all of the teaching, learning and administrative functions are done within a virtual world.
Purdue University Category: Teaching & Learning Purdue’s IT group implemented multiple social media related systems that enhanced students’ abilities to communicate before, during and after class as well as share lesson related information.
University of Massachusetts – Boston Category: Teaching & Learning The Ross Center for Disability Services implemented a toolkit that allows students who are hearing and sight impaired to participate in class.
Cerritos College Category: Teaching & Learning The implementation of “Project Kaleidoscope” created course designs for ten GED courses using only materials that are open source / available for free.
University of Washington Category: Administrative Systems The University of Washington created innovative systems to automate authentication to data warehousing systems and reduce the overall IT staff maintenance time.
Lone Star College System Category: IT Infrastructure & Systems The university developed their own private cloud network to serve all 6 of their campuses increasingly network reliability and saving an estimated $1.4 million in costs.
Indiana University Category: IT Infrastructure & Systems The “IUanyWare” project implemented at Indiana University allows students and faculty to access cloud-based tools, software and resources from anywhere at anytime. IU has also purchased site licences for many expensive software programs such as Adobe Creative Suite to allow students to access them free of charge.
Stanford University Category: IT Infrastructure & Systems Stanford developed a propriety mobile device management system that address security issues in higher education. The system is free of charge and allows for simplified device configuration and enhanced security and privacy.
South Orange County Community College District Category: Student Systems and Services The “Sherpa” project allows for students to more easily register for classes and implements a propriety Blackboard-like communication and collaboration system. The system will soon be available for mobile devices and feature advanced analytical capabilities allowing students to find the courses that best align with their academic goals.
University of Arizona Category: Student Systems and Services The “Scholarship Universe” systems provides an advanced infrastructure for students to search and apply for internal and external scholarships. Future plans for the project include the ability to create resumes and cover letters.
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Anson Alexander is a graduate from the University of Tampa with a degree in International Business and Information Systems.A previous IT Administrator for a medium size publication company, Anson has recently decided to work full time on his own business by publishing on AnsonAlex.com, publishing technology tutorials on YouTube and offering SEO, IT training and digital marketing services.His main interests include technology, social media, infographics, economics, marketing and web design.Connect with Anson on Google+.