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BU ranks among “most connected” campuses

Binghamton University is ranked 70th among the “most connected” campuses in the nation, according to a recently released list by Forbes Magazine that rated the academic institution among the top 351 schools in the United States.

“The thing that has been most valuable is that the campus administration recognized that networking couldn’t be done by individual departments but needed to be a University-wide effort,” said Mark Reed, associate vice president of computing services. Reed said about seven years ago, the administration began putting money aside each year to build and upgrade the network, which is a good and consistent approach.

Forbes ranked University at Buffalo 57th among the surveyed academic institutions. BU was followed by SUNY Geneseo at 84, SUNY Stony Brook at 156, University at Albany at 268 and SUNY College at Buffalo at 347.

Forbes used data compiled by The Princeton Review which looked at the technological sophistication of 351 leading U.S. colleges. The rating included responses from 106,000 college students, as well as data from campus administrators. Other criteria included the student/computer ratio, wireless access on campus, and the breadth of the computer science curriculum.

The key data used to determine the rating included computer/student ratio, speed and capacity of the campus network, and wireless and remote access. Reed said he believes that the campus’ network capacity and speed have always helped with its ranking. Individuals can be connected at 100 megabits per second, while current peak networking in the residence halls exceeds 350 Mb/s per second and is growing. “There is a solid capacity and for the most part it has really worked well,” Reed said. “We have very high speed connections to the Internet and Internet2, and consistent attention is paid to the network. It has become a really important resource on this campus.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08