Intel Corporation recently ranked Azusa Pacific University among the top 50 most unwired college campuses across the nation for wireless Internet access and quality. On average, the 50 schools listed maintained 98 percent campus coverage on a wireless network.
Azusa Pacific ranks 30th in the nation in wireless Internet accessibility. This second annual survey by Intel is based upon the percentage of the campus covered by wireless technology, the number of undergraduate students, and the computer-to-student ratio for each school. APU is one of only two California schools to make the top 30, along with California State University, Monterey Bay.
"The 21st century student expects spontaneous access to information; in fact, instant access is now a commodity," said John Reynolds, senior vice president for administration, in a released statement. "We are proud to be acknowledged as a campus that is meeting these students' needs with a wireless environment."
In 2001, APU launched All Access, an initiative to enhance scholarship through state-of-the-art technology. While studying outside the libraries or meeting in common areas, students can log on to the Web, connect to the university intranet, and use online library resources without the hassle of plugging in. Through wireless networks and wireless-enabled laptops, professors can hold virtual office hours, while university operations personnel can complete paperwork on the spot and submit work orders from the field.
"We want to facilitate the learning environment at APU, taking full advantage of this exciting global and information age, through the easy access of the internet through 'anywhere, anytime' technology," said Reynolds.
Across the country, wireless campus networks are changing the way that students, faculty, and staff learn and work. In comparison to the 2004 survey, 64 percent more schools are using the wireless technology on their campuses and 74 percent have upgraded to 100 percent access this year, a jump from just 14 percent last year.