George Mason Makes Top 40 of “Most Wired” Ranking

Posted: October 24, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

For the second year in a row, George Mason is ranked in the top 40 of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine’s feature on America’s “Most Wired Colleges.” In the October 2001 issue of the magazine, which examines how institutions of higher learning have incorporated network technologies into campus life, George Mason ranks 34 among 1,300 U.S. universities and colleges surveyed, down slightly from a ranking of 24 last year. Only two Virginia universities are ranked higher: the University of Virginia at 9 and Virginia Tech at 14.

This year the most wired ranking is based on six broad categories and 4 to 18 factors in each category. Some of the factors included the percentage of dorm rooms and classrooms with high-speed Internet access; technical support available to students; availability of online application, registration and course add/drop; the percentage of new public computers added in the past five years; the design and navigability of the university web site; the number of ports available for mobile computing; and faculty access to library services.

The survey awarded grades in each category. Following are George Mason’s grades–the percentage shows the weighting of the factor in the university’s overall score of 87.24:

  • Infrastructure (28 percent), B

  • Student resources (22 percent), B-
  • Web portal (22 percent), B+
  • E-learning (12 percent), A
  • Tech support (11 percent), A
  • Wireless access (5 percent), A-

A list of the top 100 schools can be found online at yil.com/wiredcolleges/top100chart.pdf. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the document.

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