AV/IT College Rankings–Entry Deadline Tomorrow March 15

AV/IT College Rankings–Entry Deadline Tomorrow March 15

The first ever AV/IT Rankings program: the deadline for universities and university departments, AV integrators, AV designers, architects, and AV, Digital Signage, and AV/IT solution providers to enter their projects is March 15. The entry portal can be accessed by clicking here.

With the launch of the new AV/IT Standings program from NewBay Media–I have never been more excited about a project, this new service to the higher education community and those who serve it. We’re used to seeing rankings of colleges according to their status in providing the “best” education for students, in broad terms, in value terms, with generic criteria. And we’ve seen evaluation of “technology schools” like engineering or computer science schools–with the focus on the quality or value of the tech degree conferred by those institutions. But why has there not been a closer look at, or ranking of, how a college or university uses technology in any school, department, discipline, or application to help students, staff, or faculty have a richer learning/teaching experience? Now there is.

To access the digital, launch edition of the AV/ITCollege Standings program, click here. (Note, that issue kicked off the program. It does not contain the project standings. The big ranking/standing issue will be out in early April.)

The program, portal, and publications will offer a close look at how colleges and universities use technology in any school, department, discipline, or application to help students, staff, or faculty have a richer learning/teaching experience. And we’ll be ranking by the sophistication and usefulness to students, faculty, and staff of the collaboration, video, learning management, digital signage, or teaching technology. Because improving learning outcomes is the new mission of higher education. To position students for success in a workplace of the future, learning spaces are being designed to support peer-to-peer, collaborative, experiential, visual, service-oriented, and value-based pedagogies. As exciting as that is, the mission now increasingly includes new approaches to campus life on a fuller scale–with new and different needs for security, achieving diversity goals, sports and recreational activities, and community and alumni participation.

This publication kicks off the program– including the guidelines for the new online form for folks to submit their university projects. And in the AV/IT Rankings publication April 2017, we will present our “rankings”: we’ll be ranking college and university applications by how sophisticated and useful to students, faculty, and staff their technology systems are.

Key to this: the entry portal, where schools, or AV Integrators, or gear manufacturers, enter their college applications. You can access the portal at this URL:


Note, this is not an “Awards” program, it’s a service to the community. In addition to the rankings whose goal it is to call out great new spaces and new applications in schools that can serve as an inspiration to all, we will have case study and thought leadership articles from high level college administrators, from top integrators and design consultants, from top technology experts, and even from advanced students.

Who Can Submit Nominations?

• College/University AV/IT managers, directors, admins, facilities managers, tech staff

• Technology Consultants and Integrators (with permission from college/university)

• Architectural Design Firms

• Technology solution manufacturers (IT, AV, AV/IT, Learning Management System, Software, etc)

There are too many application categories to detail here, go to the web portal for the complete list of categories and all the entry details. Here are just some of the categories:

Best Wayfinding Experience– Student and/or Visitor Technology Solutions

Best Digital Signage Solution– Student Focus

Best Active Learning Classroom Technology Solutions

Best Use of Interactive Digital Signage in a Public Space

Best In-classroom Collaboration Environment Technology Solutions

Best Videoconferencing Environment Technology Solutions

Best Freshman Student Engagement Solutions

Best Help Desk Integrated Technology Solutions

Best Auditorium AV/IT Technology Solutions

Best Theater and/or Live Event Space AV/IT Technology Solutions

Best Athletic Room and/or Sports Stadium AV/IT Technology Solutions

Best Huddle Space Technology Solutions

Best Faculty Meeting/Conference Room Technology Solutions

Best Common Space (e.g. Library, Study Spaces, Atrium, Cafeteria, Lobby, Outside, etc.) Technology Solutions

Best Immersive Environment Technology Solutions

Best Integrated Emergency Notification Solution

Best Integrated Campus Safety Solution

Best Distance Learning Solution

Best Transition of AV/IT Technology to the Cloud

For all the details, and to enter the rankings, click here.

David Keene is a publishing executive and editorial leader with extensive business development and content marketing experience for top industry players on all sides of the media divide: publishers, brands, and service providers. Keene is the former content director of Digital Signage Magazine.