New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) was named last Friday by The Princeton Review in conjunction with forbes.com among the top 25 of America’s most connected campuses when it comes to offering cutting edge technology. Winners were chosen from among 361 of the nation’s colleges and universities. According to The Princeton Review, the answers pinpointed the nation’s most technically sophisticated institutions of higher education. See www.forbes.com/connected for list and survey.
“We are very happy to be recognized by the Princeton Review in conjunction with Forbes.com for NJIT’s continuing commitment to technology,” said Priscilla Nelson, provost of NJIT. “Information technology and connectivity are priorities at NJIT. We make these investments to provide the basic foundation that our students need for successful careers. Employers tell us our graduates have an edge over others in the highly competitive job market. NJIT prepares students not just for today’s jobs, but for the professions of the future.”
Editors used the following criteria to determine the winners.
The more heavily weighted factors included the ratio of computers to students; whether a campus-wide network was in place; if the school had a wireless network; whether students can register for classes online; and whether the school streamed video or audio of courses online.
Other criteria included if students can access e-mail when they are away from campus, if the school provides students with space for posting web pages and if the school offers credit for courses delivered online.
Administrative functions other than registration, such as tuition payments and adding or dropping courses, were checked to see if they were available online. If students must own a computer and whether the school offers special pricing, discount, or resale agreement with hardware vendors were included.
Special programs or coursework available for handheld devices, or specifically offered IT support for these devices was given weight. So too was if network access was available in dorm rooms, residence hall lounges, if a computer ethics policy was in place and a USENET feed available to students.
The editors asked if the school's tuition included a computer for each student, if the schools provide students with multimedia equipment such as digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, or professional quality printers and what kinds of courses are available in computer security, video gaming, or robotics. They also noted if the schools streams audio or video of its campus radio or television stations online.