Dec 3, 2012
By Chealsia Smedley
Ohio University was recently ranked the sixth most connected college in the world by U.S. News and World Report.
The University ranked first among Ohio schools; the next closest was the University of Dayton at number 28. Of the top six, only OHIO and Auburn (fourth) are publicly funded.
The rankings are based on the availability of free Wi-Fi within college housing, the quality of available Internet bandwidth, and students' ability to use the Internet for school-related tasks, such as paying tuition online.
"We are quite pleased to see the value that OHIO's connectedness offers our students and faculty being recognized on the national stage," said Brice Bible, Ohio University chief information officer.
The list was the first of its kind from U.S. News. The data was compiled from questions regarding Internet quality in their annual survey for the Best Colleges list. Schools were ranked according to connectivity index and the percentage of college housing with Wi-Fi. Ohio University had Wi-Fi available in 100 percent of college housing and a connectivity index of 70.5.
"I love that I can literally connect anywhere," said junior business major Laura Schaus. "If I need to look up an assignment or check my e-mail, I can simply take my laptop out and connect from wherever I may be."
The Ohio University Office of Information Technology continually works to improve and modernize technology services available to students and faculty.
For example, the office recently completed the Rufus Initiative to replace the University's Student Information System (SIS). Students can easily enroll in classes, pay tuition, and access a multitude of other services from a single page.
"Having a well-connected campus will be central to recruiting and retaining top students in the years to come," said Bible.
To view the rankings, click here*.