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 Rankings based on national community-college survey


 HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Oct. 17, 2008) – Tidewater Community College has earned a top place in a survey for the “most tech-advanced community colleges” in the nation. The Digital Community Colleges Survey identifies and spotlights colleges that provide a high level of service to their students and faculty through information technology.

The fourth annual survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine, ranked TCC fifth in the “Large colleges – 7,500 students or more” category, on the heels of Miami Dade College in Florida.

TCC is one of 31 community colleges selected as outstanding examples of technology delivery in higher education, according to the Center. Schools were placed in three categories based on size of enrollment, with college officials providing information from the 2007 school year. At the survey’s conclusion, the top 10 in each of the three categories were named.

The survey examined areas of technology ranging from online admissions and student access to transcripts and grades to information security and infrastructure to weather and campus security alerts and online library capabilities.  

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute providing education and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services.  In addition to the Digital Community College Survey, the Center conducts Digital School Districts, Cities, Counties and States Surveys – all national studies that serve as benchmarks for excellence in IT applications and initiatives. For more information on the Center, visit



Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit