This recent infographic from OnlineColleges.com features interesting stats regarding student dependence on Internet access on campus. According to OnlineColleges, a survey by the Wi-Fi Alliance and Wakefield Research found “an overwhelming majority of college students — 90 percent! — view Wi-Fi as essential to their educational success, on par with classrooms and computers. In fact, they’d rather abstain from beer or wear their school rival team’s colors than go without wireless access, and most wouldn’t even consider attending a college that didn’t offer free and fast Wi-Fi.”
OnlineColleges.com goes on to say:
As schools today compete fiercely to attract and retain students, there’s a major push to deploy high-speed Wi-Fi networks. In fact, it is occurring faster in universities than in all other markets, and higher education is poised to be the No. 1 customer for these networks in the coming decade, according to a new business analysis. There’s additional pressure on American universities because if academic communities in other countries have access to more advanced networks and tools, the U.S. will lose its preeminence in research internationally. Such a decline could have profound implications for the American economy and society. In a climate of greater international competitiveness and constrained public investment, U.S. leadership requires new approaches if it is to be sustained.