Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- October 16, 2001

Yahoo! Rates Cal Poly Among Top 100 'Wired Colleges'

Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine has rated Cal Poly among the top 100 universities for its Internet technology and services.

The campus was rated 71st among more than 1,300 "wired colleges" surveyed in the spring.

The magazine, which appears both on the World Wide Web and in print, gave Cal Poly top marks for technical support and good marks for online resources available to students, Internet-based instruction or "e-learning," and ease of access to information through the Web.

Cal Poly Vice Provost for Information Technology Services Jerry Hanley said being recognized as a university leader in the use of technology is "a real achievement, although we can do better.

"While Cal Poly is nationally recognized for the quality of its academic programs," Hanley said, "this shows we can compete with other universities on the basis of the access to technology we offer to students."

He said he values the survey because it "really emphasizes the student perspective." He said his office will use the survey as one way to measure the service it provides and as a benchmark for improvement across the campus.

Infrastructure and wireless access were two areas in which Cal Poly scored lower. The university's wireless-access technology, for example, was not online when the survey was taken. A pilot system is now operating in the campus's Kennedy Library to help identify what support, including security, must be in place before wireless technology can be expanded to other areas.

The campus has also introduced a "Web portal" (http://my.calpoly.edu) that individual students -- and eventually employees -- can personalize to gain direct access to the electronic information and services they want and need to use most often.

In addition, this year Cal Poly will significantly improve its computing network and develop a strategy to upgrade its student computing labs. The state of those labs was a factor contributing to the lower infrastructure rating.

The "Wired Colleges 2001" article, included in Yahoo! Internet Life's October edition, is available on the Web at http://yil.com/wiredcolleges/.

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