Sandburg Named No. 1 in Nation for Digital Technology

Aaron Frey, PR Specialist, 309.341.5301

GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College has been named the national champion in the Small Colleges Category of the ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education. This is the second straight time and third time overall that Sandburg has been honored as the best in its category, which includes schools with less than 5,000 students. The College also placed in the top 10 of its category for the seventh time in a row.

The nationwide survey documents advances made by community colleges in utilizing information technology and recognizes which colleges are providing a high level of service to their faculty, students and communities as a result. Lake Land College (seventh place in the Mid-Sized Colleges category) was the only other Illinois community college named as a winner.

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 professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students. Colleges were also surveyed on their technology priorities; infrastructure and networks; collaboration and outreach efforts; and use of technology innovations.

Sandburg was recognized for expanding its TechConnect faculty and staff training on innovative technologies from a three-day workshop to weekly sessions that are done year-round. The College also partners with the local Workforce Investment Act office, the City of Galesburg and local economic development organizations to provide education and job training services to displaced workers and students coming back to upgrade their job skills.

“Community colleges across the country are employing technology in exciting ways to develop unique learning environments on campus and to expand online learning opportunities 24/7,” said Alan Cox, senior vice president for the Center for Digital Education. “Many of the colleges honored this year have employed various technologies and social media to improve resources to further instructional goals. We are honored to acknowledge these community colleges’ technology advancements.”

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, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

For more information on the Digital Community Colleges Survey, contact Janet Grenslitt, director of surveys and awards, at or visit

2013-14 Digital Community Colleges Survey Winners

Small Colleges Category (Less Than 5,000 Students)

1st — Carl Sandburg College, Ill.

2nd — Rappahannock Community College, Va.

3rd — Tompkins Cortland Community College, N.Y.

4th — Patrick Henry Community College, Va.

5th — Kirtland Community College, Mich.

6th (tie) — Paul D. Camp Community College, Va.

6th (tie) — Halifax Community College, N.C.

6th (tie) — Panola College, Texas

7th — Southwest Virginia Community College, Va.

8th — Blue Ridge Community College, Va.

9th (tie) — Jefferson Community College, N.Y.

9th (tie) — Mountain Empire Community College, Va.

10th — Bay de Noc Community College, Mich.

Mid-Sized Colleges Category (Between 5,000 and 10,000 Students)

1st — Lord Fairfax Community College, Va.

2nd — Virginia Western Community College

3rd (tie) — Laramie County Community College, Wyo.

3rd (tie)— Walters State Community College, Tenn.

4th (tie)— Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Minn.

4th (tie)— Southside Virginia Community College, Va.

5th — Hostos Community College, N.Y.

6th — Darton State College, Ga.

7th — Lake Land College, Ill.

8th — Temple College, Texas

9th (tie)— Central Virginia Community College, Va.

9th (tie)— Piedmont Virginia Community College, Va.

10th (tie) — Walla Walla Community College, Wash.

10th (tie) — South Mountain Community College, Ariz.

Large Colleges Category (10,000 Students or More)

1st — Johnson County Community College, Kan.

2nd — Northern Virginia Community College, Va.

3rd (tie) — Fayetteville Technical Community College, N.C.

3rd (tie) — Lone Star College System, Texas

4th — Northampton Community College, Penn.

5th (tie) — Howard Community College, M.D.

5th (tie) — Delaware Technical Community College, Del.

6th — Kingsborough Community College, N.Y.

7th (tie) — Harrisburg Area Community College, Penn.

7th (tie) — Delta College, Mich.

7th (tie) — Monroe Community College, N.Y.

8th (tie) — Thomas Nelson Community College, Va.

8th (tie) — Tidewater Community College, Va.

9th — Germanna Community College, Va.

10th (tie) — Montgomery County Community College, Penn.

10th (tie) — Jefferson State Community College, Ala.

10th (tie) — Community College of Allegheny County, Penn.