Yahoo! Internet Life Ranks Oberlin Fifth-Most-Wired College in U.S.
magazine Yahoo! Internet Life published its fourth annual
ranking of colleges and universities according to their Internet
resources in April. In the article "America's Most Wired Colleges,"
Oberlin stands fifth in the line of 100 colleges and baccalaureate
schools. (One hundred universities and research schools receive
their rankings separately.) "I'm pleased with our ranking,"
said John Bucher, director of Oberlin's Center for Information Technology.
"It represents a tangible measure of some of the things we
are doing." Among those "things," Bucher cites:
access to resources for class and social activities l the high
rate of student ownership of computers
online consulting daily
ability for anyone on campus to place online classified ads
interactive guide to the area
syllabi for 65 percent of courses
the availability of "smart" classrooms
student-run computer-recycling program
ongoing relationship with AT&T Labs to research audio transport
on the Internet.
Bucher is pleased, he is realistic. "The rankings are controversial,
and I don't think we should put a lot of stock in them. Next year's
spin may be very different."