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Campus Connectivity on the Rise

April 2, 2014

Three out of five of higher education institutions (61 percent) now provide robust wireless coverage—four bars or more—throughout most of their campuses, an increase of about 16 percent from last year. Along with that finding, the 2014 State of ResNet reports that the number of institutions with poor wireless connections on their campuses has declined by 11 percent from 2013.

For the 2014 report, more than 400 higher education institutions provided information on the Internet, cable television, and phone services available to student residents living in their on-campus residence halls. Nearly half of the survey respondents (48.4 percent) represent small institutions with fewer than 5,000 students; the remaining respondents are split almost evenly between medium institutions (5,000 to 15,000 students) and large institutions (more than 15,000 students).

Additional results include:

  • 38 percent of respondents say ResNet funding has increased; one in 10 (10 percent) reports funding decreases in the last year.
  • Among respondents, nearly 42 percent have a budget of $750,000 for telecommunication and network services; 35.3 percent have a budget between $750,000 and $2.5 million, and 23 percent have a budget exceeding $2.5 million.
  • To cut costs, nearly one-third of higher education institutions (32 percent) have begun or are considering outsourcing their ResNet services—a significant increase from the 22 percent doing so in 2013.
  • The majority (93 percent) of CBOs and housing officers consider a high-performing ResNet (coverage and capacity) as important for attracting and retaining students.
  • While 68.3 percent of CBOs would like to benchmark the ResNet services on their campuses, 55 percent of responding CBOs and housing officers do not have access to benchmarking data.

The 2014 State of ResNet is compiled by the Association for Information Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA), the Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I), and NACUBO. The full report is available through ACUTA.


Lois Oviawe
Research and Policy Analysis Intern