PC Magazine and The Princeton Review have released their list of the top wired colleges for 2008, with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign topping the list, along with Kansas State University, the University of Utah, Bentley College, and Pomona College. Schools were ranked based on the types of technology-related classes offered, technology resources for students, the technological infrastructure, and the amount of tech support available.
One of the most interesting aspects of this list for me is its variability. Only 8 of the top 20 schools appeared on the list the last time the survey was conducted in 2006. The previous #1 wired university—Villanova—dropped to 15th this time around, while MIT, which ranked #2 in the 2006 survey, dropped to 20th place this year. That kind of variety in results reminds me that when it comes to technology, two years is plenty of time to jump way ahead—or fall behind.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.