A new report out tonight from U.S. News and World Report ranks "Culver-Stockton College" as one of the most technologically connected campuses in the nation. The college ranked 53rd out of more than 1400 schools.
Culver-Stockton earned its ranking based on Internet speed and access, how the technology is used, and how easily available it is, and every building on Campus has Wi-Fi along with 15 different computer labs. Students and teachers said this is a boost to the college.
"I live out in the middle of nowhere and whenever I come up here the Internet's especially since my freshman year has gotten a lot faster and so it's really easy for me to look up anything for class or that sort of thing."
But for other students like Fathia Kamara, the technology upgrades have helped her with not only her grades, but adapting to Culver Stockton.
"It's helped me a lot being that I'm an international student from Africa, Sierra Leone, it's a big difference. It helps me a lot and exposes me to much to the world out there which is one of the biggest improvements I've done here," said Kamara.
Students all over Culver Stockton know how important the Internet is. One classroom had a teleconference with leaders of the council of Foreign Relations on America's Drone Policy for their political science class, something Dr. Chad DeWaard said isn't an everyday occurrence.
"Students in that room behind me are asking those officials and those analysts direct questions so it's a great opportunity to interact directly with the leading thinkers," Dr. DeWaard said.
And Lisa Dawson said when professors use technology, it makes it easier for her to understand the assignments.
"It's just really easy for the professor to get the information to us because it's right there on the screen and you can change it on the screen and get it right to us," she said.
Culver-Stockton College is the 53rd most connected campus in the country, higher than any Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa school.
Culver-Stockton Administrative Systems Director said the next major project is to install Apple TV's in the classroom where students can wirelessly connect their I-Pads to the smart board.
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