University Website Project is underway

Phase I roll out (.pdf) will build a new website on a new content management system.  Targeted completion is March 2018.  Phase I highlights include:

  • Navigation based on Critical Services - less focus on organizational hierarchy
  • Shared Content (.pdf) model implementation
  • Solutions for News & Events, Catalog, and Faculty/Staff Profiles
  • Quick links, but not a formal authenticated portal (yet)

Phase II (authenticated intranet) and Phase III (behavior-based content personalization) will follow with timing to be determined.

Our approach starts with content modeling, a new concept for our university’s website. This diagram (.pdf) includes a “building a house and moving” analogy, with the goal of providing supplementary context for this new concept.

Working Groups Established

A kick off meeting was held Wednesday, September 6, for the 43 working group members that were selected by President's Cabinet.  The working groups are organized by the five critical services that were identified in the spring 2017 college and division meeting exercises, and validated by analytics:  Academics, Admissions & Aid, Student Resources, Employee Resources, News Events About.

In September through November the working groups will be involved in a series of meetings that will shape our future website. They will address structural and design elements and will also provide input into usability testing and metrics.  

The working group members are representing both the University as a whole and their college, division or function. A membership roster and their meeting schedule is attached below.

Critical Services Working Group Roster (.pdf)

Critical Services Working Group Meeting Schedule (.pdf)

Monthly update meetings have also been scheduled with the content coordinators that are not involved in the working groups to ensure they are engaged in the process and changes.

In Transition

Knowing our current site has a relatively short shelf-life, and that ITS staff need to spend time on the new site, during the transition time of September through March:

  • Content Coordinators should continue sending corrections and updates to current pages through workflow
  • All other web related requests will be reviewed on a weekly basis by the Web Team to assess if it must be done now, or if it is more suitable for the need to be addressed in the new site.  This assessment and transition will be a balancing act, but is necessary in order to meet our University goal of a new site in the spring.

Presentations and Documentation