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Bentley College Receives National Award for Exemplary use of Networked Technologies

September 20, 2001

Bentley College has received the 2001 EDUCAUSE Award for Excellence in Campus Networking. This prestigious, nine-year-old award program honors strategic, integrated, and innovative use of networked technologies to serve all campus constituents.

The award selection committee found Bentley to be remarkable in its thoroughly integrated strategic planning for and innovative implementation of technology in support of its mission. As the "Business School for the Information Age," the college has made mobile computing a critical component of its academic experience for more than 15 years. Bentley is committed to infusing information technology inside and outside the classroom, throughout its undergraduate and graduate business curricula, through five specialized learning centers that parallel technology-driven operations of global business leaders, and in the way it delivers services to faculty, staff, and its 5,800 undergraduate and graduate students.

Bentley approaches the integration of technology as a three-level cumulative process. Level One, the building of a sophisticated infrastructure, is solidly in place, grounded in Bentley's long experience with laptops for all students. Level Two, leveraging the infrastructure to change how teaching is conducted and administrative functions are managed, has been implemented across many academic disciplines, with Internet resources providing dynamic content and, in many cases, the core of learning processes, and such features as high-tech breakout rooms in Bentley's Center for Marketing Technology. Administratively, the school has an array of Web-enabled functions, accessible through its thoughtfully structured E-campus gateway, which was developed in-house. Level Three comprises fundamental change in what is taught: an accounting course becomes an accounting information systems course, business law becomes cyberlaw, and marketing becomes e-marketing. International corporate partnerships provide Bentley with state-of-the-art technologies and educational content, students with critical business skills and contacts, and partner companies with relevant executive education programs that draw on the expertise of Bentley faculty. Bentley College is a model of Excellence in Campus Networking for small institutions as well as for graduate schools, with elements that could be of value to any educational institution.

Recognition activities will take place in Indianapolis on October 30 at the EDUCAUSE annual conference, a forum for more than 5,000 professionals involved in the management of information resources in higher education and their corporate partners. Representatives of Bentley College will be honored at a recognition breakfast and a conference general session, and will be presented with the commemorative award plaque at an afternoon session where they will outline the college's evolution from a laptop program to the recent construction of $22M in general and discipline-specific academic technology facilities, highlighting lessons learned and factors to consider in implementing technology.

Award winners are selected by the EDUCAUSE Network Award Committee, consisting of higher education technology professionals chosen for their breadth of experience in the implementation of campus networking initiatives. This year's Network Award Honorable Mention goes to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Descriptions of the awards and winners, including URLs for further information, are on the EDUCAUSE Web site at http://www.educause.edu/awards/.

With membership of more than 1,800 colleges, universities, and education organizations, including more than 180 corporations, EDUCAUSE is one of the preeminent associations addressing the complex issues that attend the incorporation of information technologies and resources into the higher education mission and functions. The association has offices in Boulder, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.

The Award for Excellence in Campus Networking is sponsored by Novell, Inc., An EDUCAUSE Bronze Partner.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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