Princeton Review Rice among nation

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: [email protected]  Princeton Review: Rice among nation’s most ‘wired’ campuses Rice’s ambitious $22 million upgrade of information technology paid off when the university was named one of the nation’s top 20 wired colleges in a survey by PC Magazine and The Princeton Review.The magazine, which will be on newsstands Sept. 16, places Rice at No. 14, boosting it into the company of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Kansas State University, which were No. 1 and 2, and ahead of MIT and Villanova, which were the top-ranked schools in the previous survey in 2006.Part of the survey focused on high-tech campus instruction, both the type of courses offered and the means by which they are taught. According to an advance story on PC Magazine’s Web site, the survey found many schools are now making use of online lectures and podcasts to deliver courses on data mining, security from hackers, 3-D animation and robotics, among others. Also important were software and hardware resources available to students, as well as the state of each schools’ infrastructure, a point on which Rice has a distinct advantage.”Our goal has been to build a system with reliability, availability, manageability, security and the high-performance features we knew would benefit Rice, as well as the flexibility to upgrade in the future without actually having to use a forklift,” said Kamran Khan, vice provost for information technology. He said Rice’s IT upgrade involved — just for starters — stringing 1,400 miles of wire between 40,000 data ports, essentially rewiring every room and office on campus.”We spent a lot of time getting input from faculty and research folks, students and administrators to see what they were doing on a daily basis and how they saw the network working on campus,” said Khan, who with William Deigaard, Rice’s director of networking, telecommunications and data center operations, led the charge to update network equipment, data storage and backup, security and wireless capabilities.With all that accomplished, Khan wasn’t too surprised at the high ranking. ”Since it’s been built, there’s a lot more bits and bytes going over this network than there used to be. Once you build it, Rice people will fill it up.”The survey was conducted as part of The Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of its annual publication, ”The Best 368 Colleges,” which was published in July.Here’s the complete list:1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2. Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.3. University of Utah, Salt Lake City4. Bentley College, Waltham, Mass.5. Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.6. Boston College, Boston7. Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla.8. Hollins University, Roanoke, Va.9. Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.10. University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.11. The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.12. Loyola College, Baltimore13. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.14. Rice University15. Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.16. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia17. University of Southern California, Los Angeles18. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh19. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine20. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. AddThislast_img read more