GALESBURG — For the third straight year, Carl Sandburg College has been named the national champion in the Small Colleges category of the Digital Community Colleges Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education.

GALESBURG — For the third straight year, Carl Sandburg College has been named the national champion in the Small Colleges category of the Digital Community Colleges Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education.

This marks the fourth time overall that Sandburg has been honored as the best in its category, which includes community colleges with less than 5,000 students. It’s also the eighth time in a row the College has placed in the top 10 of its class. In its 10th year, the survey is open to all U.S. community colleges and analyzes how they use digital technologies to improve services to faculty, staff and the community.

Sandburg was cited for launching its Open Education Resource Course Initiative (OERCI) last year to provide support and opportunities for faculty members to use open education resources in their courses. This has saved students more than $130,000 by reducing textbook requirements and increasing the number of textbook-free courses. It also encourages the use of mobile devices throughout campus, and the Math & Sciences Department has utilized 3-D and 4-D apps for instructional use. The College also has a 3-D printer that is available for students and faculty.

Morton College (tied for eighth) was the only other Illinois college to place in the top 10 in Sandburg’s category. Lake Land College tied for sixth in the Mid-Sized Colleges category, and Harper College was seventh among Large Colleges. For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-community-colleges/2014-15-Digital-Community-Colleges-Survey-Winners-Announced.html.

“Technology is being used on campuses and in lecture halls to lower costs and improve student outcomes,” said Alan Cox, senior vice president for the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s survey indicates that community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students.”

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. The CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

For more information on the Digital Community Colleges Survey, contact Janet Grenslitt, director of surveys and awards, at jgrenslitt@centerdigitaled.com.