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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 29, 2013
 
HCC ranks sixth in nation in Digital Community Colleges Survey
 
WELDON, N.C. Ė e.Republicís Center for Digital Education has announced the winners of their eighth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. Halifax Community College (HCC) was ranked in the top 10 community colleges in the nation in the Small Colleges CategoryóLess Than 5,000 Students, earning a sixth place finish. This was the third year that the College placed in the top 10 in the small college category.

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 that were released. Ninety-two 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.

"This survey gives great insight into the nationís community colleges' efforts to advance services to students through new technologies," said 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 country participated in the 2012 Digital Community Colleges Survey. The 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. Survey underwriters were Insight Public Sector and Cisco.

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. CDEís media platform includes the Center for Digital Educationís 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.
e.Republicís Center for Digital Education
e.Republicís Center for Digital Education has announced the winners of their eighth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. Halifax Community College was ranked in the top 10 community colleges in the nation in the Small Colleges Category-Less Than 5,000 Students, earning a sixth place finish. Pictured is HCC Information Systems Manager Jerry Thompson with the award.
 
 
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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
 
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Interim Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., rhoadesd@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239