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By Dan Adkins


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"The FACTS (Faculty Academic Computing Technology Services) Center at UK is beyond compare."

-- Yahoo! Internet Life magazine

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Sept. 20, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky has broken into Yahoo! Internet Life magazine's annual listing of the top 100 colleges and universities in the area of computer and Internet access.

"For some time, UK has been committed to providing the best available technology to our students and faculty. This ranking provides a sense of validation to our commitment and galvanizes our intention to continued technological advances on our campus," UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said.

"The FACTS (Faculty Academic Computing Technology Services) Center at UK is beyond compare. It provides faculty with tech-based instructional tools and puts Web designers and multimedia programmers at professors' disposal," says the article in the October 2001 issue.

The magazine gives high praise to UK's opportunities for "E-Learning," using Internet technology to expand access to classes, lectures and supporting materials.

UK also got an A for technical support, by offering more than 14 hours of support per day and offering Web-based technical support.

The university was given a B- in the category of infrastructure, which evaluated an institution's underlying backbone for its network, including high-speed Internet access in residence halls and desktop systems in computer labs.

Overall, the magazine ranked UK 94th on its list. Twelve of UK's 19 benchmark universities were listed.

"We are very pleased to be recognized as one of the country's 'Most Wired Campuses' by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine," says Eugene R. Williams, UK's vice president for fiscal affairs and information technology. "As technology becomes increasingly integral to education, we will continue to ensure that our students and faculty have the tools they need to achieve excellence."

Williams noted that UK also was included in a 1999 PC World magazine listing of the nation's 'Top 100 Innovators in Government and Education.'

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