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CCCCD Wins Best Of The Web Award



CCCCD Wins "Best Of The Web" Award in Higher Education

OCT. 11, 2002 - Collin County Community College District has just received the coveted "Best of the Web" award from the Center for Digital Government for its downloadable catalog/schedule system. Honored as the best in the nation for higher education, this system helps students build their credit course schedules or view the current catalog electronically.

College representatives accepted the award in New York City Thursday, Oct. 10. Websites were judged on a number of criteria, including the innovative use of technology to deliver services, time savings for users, money savings for providers, and the site's overall ease of use. CCCCD's new internet/desktop solution premiered at the college this past fall.

"CCCCD is a leader in using technology to better serve students and the community," said Dr. Bob Collins, founding board member and vice chair of the CCCCD board of trustees. "From my understanding, we are the first community college in Texas to utilize such a dynamic and interactive technology tool. With the implementation of the electronic catalog and schedule-builder, we have undoubtedly set a standard for providing accurate, timely information to students, faculty, staff and the community."

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute providing government and industry with support, research and services to help them incorporate new technologies into their enterprises (www.centerdigitalgov.com). The Center also produces Converge magazine, a national publication.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named a first place winner in the Best of the Web higher education category," said Cary Israel, CCCCD president. "We are thrilled to be at the forefront of utilizing technology in such a unique way to serve students, college employees and the community," he said.

According to Israel, the electronic schedule/catalog has been very well received. "It benefits students, the business community, academic advisors, the registrars, and many others. This technology provides access to our catalog and timely updates to class schedules, is easy to use and is accessible through an Internet connection."

CCCCD student DeAnn Chapman agrees. "The downloadable catalog/schedule system made it easier to search and find the information I needed in minutes," she said. "I was able to compare my choices with the dates and times the classes were offered. All I had to do was click a tab and it was instant access!"

Israel said site usage translates to saving valuable time, money, and effort. He applauded the vision of the college's PR and IT departments, MultiView, Inc., and the collaboration of various college teams that assisted in implementing the site.

"The college is always looking for ways to make education accessible to more students - focusing on technology to connect students to the college is key," said Sam Roach, chair of the CCCCD board of trustee. "The Best of the Web award means a great deal to the college; it means that this innovative technology is serving students - and others - in the best possible way. I would like to thank the Center for Digital Government and Converge magazine for this distinct honor."