WFU receives national award for use of networked technology

Wake Forest University has been named the winner of the 2000 Educause Award for Excellence in Campus Networking. This prestigious award honors strategic, integrated and innovative use of networked technologies to serve campus communities.

Educause is an international association that provides professional development opportunities, and print and electronic publications to colleges and universities. The organization’s membership includes more than 1,750 educational institutions and more than 180 corporations. The group has offices in Washington, D.C., and Boulder, Colo.

The Educause award selection committee praised Wake Forest’s ongoing technology initiative that began in 1996. That program has provided all students with IBM laptop computers and has integrated technology into the university’s curriculum.

Today, all 3,938 undergraduates use their laptops for a variety of tasks including communicating with each other and with professors, and doing research on the Internet.

Educause also cited the university’s innovative student technology programs and the Wake Forest Information Network (WIN) as efforts that make the university stand out.

This year, Wake Forest has increased network access by launching a wireless initiative that allows students to use their laptops without having to connect to the campus network.

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