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Survey: TU 4th-most ‘connected campus’ in U.S.

Temple recently introduced the Surf Station, a wireless computer network and wireless laptop borrowing program located in the Student Center, to help keep students, faculty and staff members connected.

Temple has earned national recognition for its ongoing dedication to providing students, faculty and staff with consistent access to state-of-the-art technology.

The Princeton Review named Temple the fourth-most “connected campus” in the United States in its annual “Top 25 Most Connected Campuses” survey, released last week on Forbes.com. Of 27 Pennsylvania colleges and universities to be considered, Temple is the only one to make the top five, and is the state’s only public institution to earn a ranking.

“Temple University has for many years been a leader in providing first-rate technology, facilities and computer services,” said Temple President David Adamany. “Students and faculty know that Temple is a place where they can rely on stable, top-of-the-line computing and Internet access, which are integral to teaching and learning in today’s academic environment. We’re proud that our strong commitment to providing these resources effectively has earned us national recognition.”

Temple’s top showing represents the school’s commitment to making state-of-the-art technology widely accessible, enhancing teaching and learning Universitywide.

“We’ve done everything we can over the past few years to make sure our students and faculty are in the forefront of technology,” said Vice President of Computer and Information Services Timothy O’Rourke.

Temple’s No. 4 ranking “shows how Temple as an institution values technology,” O’Rourke said.

The Princeton Review ranked 357 colleges and universities based on their responses to a survey on computing capabilities. Temple received top marks for its high ratio of school-owned computers accessible to students; the breadth of its computer science curriculum; and its sophisticated campus technology, including streaming media of classes and extracurricular offerings, availability of school-owned digital cameras and equipment for student use, wireless Internet access on campus and support for handheld computing.

“We provide our students with as much technology as anybody in the country — and more,” O’Rourke said. “We have been on the cutting edge for several years with the introduction of course management systems, portfolio software, wireless, and, more recently, streaming media to capture faculty lectures in the classroom.”

Examples of Temple’s dedication to keeping students and faculty connected include:

• Superior telecommunications infrastructure providing voice, data and video services to all of Temple’s campuses.
• State-of-the-art, enterprisewide e-mail system for more than 44,000 student, faculty and employee e-mail/research accounts.
• One of the largest and most sophisticated implementations of Blackboard course software in the country, with nearly 5,700 classes hosted.
• A range of online administrative forms and services, from paying bills and registering for classes to applying for housing and financial aid.
• Nearly ubiquitous on-campus Internet availability, with network access for every room in the residence halls and wireless Internet access in most open areas on campus.
• More than 200 “smart classrooms” featuring built-in multimedia, Internet and computing capabilities.

“High tech has become an integral part of the students’ experience — whether it enhances their academics, their entertainment or their ability to communicate,” said Robert Franek, editorial director of The Princeton Review. “Each year we find the bar raised higher and higher as students consider a sophisticated computing environment central to their college experience. These students also know that honing their tech skills in college can be crucial in their job searches and careers after college.”

Hard work and a clear vision have made Temple stand out nationwide as a top school for technology service and access, according to O’Rourke.

“I’m proud to work with a group of people who are so talented, dedicated and enthusiastic about their role in making Temple a leader in the use of educational and administrative technology,” O’Rourke said.

“Across the University, we have great technology and great people — and now we’re being recognized for it.”

- By Betsy Winter

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