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Last modified: Tuesday, December 12, 2006

IU is No. 1 among publicly supported universities in PC magazine ranking of Top 20 Wired Campuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 12, 2006

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Michael McRobbie, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, stands next to IU's "Big Red," which until recently was the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Another national computing magazine has recognized Indiana University as a leader in providing students and faculty with an advanced technological environment for learning and research.

PC Magazine in partnership with the Princeton Review today (Dec. 12) announced that IU is No. 1 among all publicly supported universities in the magazine's first-ever ranking of Top 20 Wired Campuses. Overall, the university was third in the ranking, behind private universities Villanova and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

No other universities in Indiana were in PC Magazine's top 20. Other Big Ten schools behind IU in the rankings were the University of Illinois, which was sixth, and the University of Minnesota, which was 12th.

The new rankings are the latest acclaim for IU's technology environment.

As far back as 1996 and throughout this decade, IU consistently has been recognized as a technology innovator in publications such as Yahoo! Internet Life and Wired magazines. Intel Corporation previously selected IU as one of the "most un-wired" universities for its wireless Internet access across the campuses.

"We have been and remain committed to providing a state-of-the-art information technology environment for the IU community," said Michael A. McRobbie, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, IU Bloomington. "Information technology services are fundamental to the educational process, and our top rankings consistently reinforce the fact that IU's technology landscape remains at the forefront."

In its article profiling IU, PC Magazine touted Big Red, which until recently was the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer, as well as its largest disk-based storage facility. It also cited the more than 50 agreements that IU has with software companies such as Microsoft and Symantec, its leadership in the open-source software community, and its use of Oncourse, an online portal where students and faculty post course information and interact in other ways.

The magazine also praised IU for achieving a significant increase in research grants in the last decade. Research grants doubled at the university, from $200 million in 1996 to $477 million last year, "ensuring that IU will continue to be a driving force in the tech and research community for years to come."

The PC Magazine reporting on the Top 20 Wired Colleges will appear on newsstands on Dec. 26 and will be online Friday (Dec. 15) at http://go.pcmag.com/wiredcolleges where profiles of the schools will be available, as well as all 240 schools that completed a Princeton Review survey. On the site, users will be able to build charts to compare up to 10 schools and view the original survey.