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    JANUARY 26, 2006
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Temple among top wired campuses

For the second consecutive year, Temple rates among the nation’s most wired colleges and universities after being named to The Princeton Review’s third annual “Most Connected Campuses” list, a ranking of 25 schools released last week on Forbes.com.

In assembling its list, The Princeton Review judged the technological capabilities of 361 colleges and universities. Criteria included the breadth of the computer science curriculum; the sophistication of campus technology, including streaming media of classes and extracurricular offerings; the availability of computers and other high-tech devices on campus; wireless Internet access on campus; and support for handheld computing.

“It’s outstanding for us to be named to this list again this year,” said vice president of Computer and Information Services Timothy O’Rourke. “I’m really proud of the computer technology that we’re able to offer at Temple and to be ranked among leading schools like MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]. Making this list is a reflection of the incredible group of people who work in Computer Services and a reflection of a Board of Trustees and senior leadership who have made growing our technological capacities a high priority at Temple.”

O’Rourke pointed to several technological upgrades on campus that enabled Temple to remain on the list after being selected as the nation’s fourth-most-connected campus last year. (This year, The Princeton Review declined to individually rank its Top 25 schools as it has in previous years.)

Temple has upgraded its offering of online administrative forms and services, allowing students to pay bills, register for classes and meal plans, review their academic progress and even check the status of their laundry. Wireless service is available throughout Main Campus and has been expanded at the Tyler and Ambler campuses and Health Sciences Center. In the fall, University Housing opened Temple’s first-ever residential classroom, a “smart classroom” in 1300 Residence Hall.

“The schools on our list have demonstrated leadership in preparing and supporting students for life in the digital age,” said Robert Franek, vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review. “Students who understand the value of technology to both their career prospects and overall quality of life will want to pay special attention to the schools on our list.”
One of four Philadelphia schools to be selected, Temple joins Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University on the list.

Temple is well-positioned to repeat in the rankings again next year, having opened its massive TECH Center, a 75,000-square-foot facility with 600 fixed computers and 100 laptops available for students, and having released its re-engineered TUportal Web site, a gateway for students, faculty and staff to the University’s online services, this month.

Ted Boscia