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PC Magazine and The Princeton Review Rank Clarkson University Among Top 20 Wired Colleges
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Potsdam, N.Y. - Wired, plugged-in or connected - however you choose to describe it, cutting-edge technology has become an integral part of the college experience. Apparently, Clarkson University has been keeping its eye on this high-tech trend because a survey released today by PC Magazine and The Princeton Review, ranks the University as the 14th most connected campus in the nation.
"The Top Wired Colleges" honors colleges with the most comprehensive - in terms of size, scope and quality - computing and technology offerings. To identify honorees, The Princeton Review surveyed college administrators from the schools featured in the 2007 edition of The Princeton Review's college guide, Best 361 Colleges. The criteria focused on three main areas of technology - Academics, Student Resources, and Infrastructure; and included questions on everything from faculty computer training to streaming media from the college's radio or television station to the types of tech support available on a 24-7 basis.
"At The Princeton Review, we know that finding the right fit school for college-bound students is not a matter of brand name recognition, but the quality of education and quality of life. All the schools on our list offer superior access, service and infrastructure, and by doing so, they go above and beyond to serve those very real students," remarked Robert Franek, vice president of The Princeton Review.
Clarkson places their focus on the student experience by providing them with online academic services and instruction, one-card access to vending, laundry, dorms and other services, wireless access to applications and information from 90% of the campus and access to entertainment including a server for legal games, music and videos. In the classroom, tablet PCs are being used to replace the traditional white board and PowerPoint presentations. Faculty are using software to enable anonymous peer review, giving students immediate feedback on their writing, while learning to use their critical thinking skills in evaluating the written work of others. Faculty are also using videoconferencing to bring experts into their classrooms from across the country and the globe.
One of the initiatives which appealed strongly to The Princeton Review and PC Magazine surveyors is a comprehensive desktop security plan developed in collaboration with the faculty, staff and students. The group arrived at an effective desktop solution using industry standard security applications that enables freedom of use while respecting the risks of modern day technology.
"It is an increasingly complex world, but Clarkson students are comfortable with technology and embrace the challenges and opportunities it affords," remarked Clarkson President Tony Collins. "Our researchers, faculty and students use technology in innovative ways to make breakthrough discoveries in the areas of nanotechnology, alternative energy, biomedical research, rehabilitation engineering, business models and materials processing."
PHOTO CAPTION: Students use wireless internet connections in one of Clarkson University's lounge and study areas. Students have wireless access from more than 90% of the campus. Clarkson has been named one of the 20 most connected, plugged-in and high-tech campuses in the country by PC Magazine.