Schools that Rule the Web Infographic
How can the U.S. boost college students’ grades? The Internet, of course. Recent studies prove it: increased engagement between educators and students via email and social media has a positive effect on learning. The Schools that Rule the Web Infographic shows that a college’s web presence is more than just marketing-it’s often an indicator of an institution’s overall quality. The comprehensive data reveals which university yields the most “likes” on Facebook, how many channel views through YouTube, and the number of Twitter followers for the top universities.
The Internet is Revolutionizing education
Statistics show that the percentage of college students who regularly use the Internet is a whopping 99 percent, compared to the 75 percent of adults nationwide. Out of this 99 percent, almost all use wireless Internet or home broadband access. Because of the high percentage of college student web users, many top-ranked schools prioritize the web and social media and have been for years now. For example, Harvard University ranks number one among Ivy League schools in Facebook likes, YouTube channel views, Twitter followers, and the Alexa Rank — a browser add-on that tracks Internet surfing and usage.
Interesting Facts and Stats of University Websites
Best Education Sites reports that all of the top 50 schools featured on U.S. News & World Report are also featured in Best Education Sites Top 400. They analyzed all aspects of university websites, from the colors that dominate (gray is the most popular, followed by black and yellow) to the fonts that are used (modern, sans-serif typesets like Arial, Helvetica and Verdana lead the pack) to which of the top engineering schools has the most web coding errors (California Institute of Technology with 51 errors). Would you have guessed gray to be the most often used color on education sites? Or that Serif font is used only 5% of the time? Here’s a surprising number; there are 98 schools using Century Gothic font on their website. Syracuse University is the most active Twitter user, tweeting over 10,000 times!