Campus: San Francisco State University -- July 9, 1999

San Francisco State Among the "Most Wired" Universities in the Country

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 9, 1999 -- San Francisco State has earned a place among the nation's most wired colleges in Yahoo's annual ranking of Webfriendly institutions, proving once again that the school is at the forefront of educational innovation. Ranked 110 out of a field of 200, S.F. State scored higher than any other California State University campus and ahead of all other UC campuses except UCLA and UC Berkeley.

The findings, published in Yahoo's Internet Life online magazine, were based on criteria such as student access to computers both in the classroom and in on-campus housing, the availability of online academic services such as course schedules and distance learning, and the number of free services such as e-mail and Web space offered by the university.

Interim Director of Computing Services Phoebe Kwan was not surprised that San Francisco State was recognized for its technological leadership. "What sets us apart is our infrastructureall of our major buildings have access to the Internet, and secondly, we really push for the Web, to make sure that we have that technology available to support students, faculty, and staff," she said. Aside from providing students with online administrative services, discounted software, hearing and sight-impaired computer access, and a 24-hour computer lab, SF State offers a wide range of free online computer courses that allow students and faculty alike to improve their skills.

Keeping pace with the increasing role of computers in education, S.F. State's Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) provides faculty workshops which focus on integrating technology into the curriculum by using the latest multimedia tools. CET also runs the Collaboratory, an innovative classroom designed for staff and faculty to enhance learning and communication skills in a computer mediated environment.

With the help of a nearly $1 million grant from the California State University Chancellor's Office in 1997, San Francisco State has been able to achieve one of its top goals: keeping up with current trends in technology and computing. "As a university," she explained, "we think that it's important to make sure that current computer technology is available so that everyone, students and faculty alike, can do their work that much better."

Throughout 1999 the university is celebrating its centennial year of service to San Francisco, the Bay Area, California, and beyond. A highly diverse community of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff, San Francisco State University is one of the largest campuses in the nationally recognized 23-campus California State University system.

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