VOLUME 12, NO. 1 JUNE 1998
PI is the 10th most wired college in the United States, according to the May issue of Yahoo! Internet Life, the nation's pre-eminent Web magazine, which listed America's 100 Most Wired Colleges.
In partnership with Peterson's, publisher of the nation's premier college guidebooks, Yahoo! surveyed more than 400 highly selective colleges and universities to identify schools that provided the greatest access to and exposure on the Internet. Rankings were determined by 22 factors organized under four main categories: general services, academics, social life and computer statistics.
WPI offers 1,000 public access computers. About 75 percent of the students own computers; 60 percent have created their own home pages. Online materials are used in 70 percent of classes, while 60 percent include online class work. The magazine also noted that advanced Net users at WPI like to maintain their own hubs in the residence halls.
The increased respect for WPI's sophisticated, state-of-the-art electronics is rewarding but not surprising, says John F. Carney III, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "As a premier technological university we have striven to be at the forefront of the Information Age," he says. Last year, the University spent more than $400,000 to extend wireless networking technology to fraternities and sororities and instituted an online registration system for undergraduates that will be extended to graduate students next fall. "Nearly all the members of the campus community use computers for some aspect of their work, from the simple task of locating and communicating with a colleague or alumnus, to seeking or sharing information about the most esoteric of subjects."
"I'm really excited to see WPI finally recognized for its dedication to using technology to teach students how to learn on their own," says Web Coordinator Amy Marr. "As our faculty find new and innovative ways to use the Web and the Internet to enhance the WPI learning experience, I have no doubt that we will continue to improve."
Dartmouth College was No. 1 in the survey this year. The other schools, in rank order, are: New Jersey Institute of Technology, MIT, RPI, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carnegie Mellon, Cal Tech, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Oregon. Stanford University placed 27th, Yale came in 30th and Harvard was 73rd.
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