Have you seen the new website?!?
On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the Web Services Team began a roll out of the new website design to a select number of pages, starting with the front page. The 10-month project, which is a campus-wide effort, will eventually bring all pages into the new design.
The website redesign project began two years ago under the leadership of John Smith, Chief Information Officer, and Ayana Hernandez, Director of Public Relations. This sponsorship team contracted the project out to the Robinson Group Consulting firm, who received feedback from the campus community, identified problem areas, devised a plan of action to improve effectiveness, and guided the university toward a shared web governance model. The outcome of that effort resulted in the formulation of the Working Group, which is an active governing body with representation from across the campus.
The new design was the result of in-house talent found within the offices of Public Relations and the ITS Web Services team. The team reviewed peer institution websites and identified ways that NCCU could improve on its design.
The goal was to simplify the navigation, introduce more vibrant colors and imagery, and produce a product that was current and fresh with a goal of attracting prospective students and rebranding the university’s online presence.
Projected Roll-Out Schedule
Each month, the collaborative team will focus on editing content, moving pages into the content management system (CMS), and testing for quality assurance, accessibility, search engine optimization, and security.
The following schedule is our guide to ensure that all pages are addressed. As of now, the new pages up are mainly the home page, 11 subsequent pages, and three academic units (School of Business, School of Education, and University College).
• Complete the College of Arts and Sciences by November 29, 2013.
• Complete the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences by December 20, 2013.
• Complete the Schools of Library & Information Sciences and Graduate Studies and Nursing by January 31, 2014.
• Complete the School of Law by February 28, 2014.
• Complete Institutes, centers, research programs, student, and future Student pages by March 31, 2014.
• Complete Human Resources and Information Technology Services by April 30, 2014.
• Complete Public Relations, Campus Police, and Administration by May 30, 2014.
• Complete redesign project by June 30, 2014.
It’s An Iterative Process
Even as we roll out the new design, the team is aware that it is not 100% perfect or exactly where we want to be. However, it is a first step in the right direction. In the future, you can expect to see more pictures, video, additional layouts, and a site that is mobile-friendly.
The completion of phase one, which should conclude in June of 2014, will address the issue of multiple designs. This effort will ensure that all university pages are consistent and easy to update. Additionally, the project will begin to correct the confusing navigation issue and combine like information into a single source.
As the team works to improve NCCU.edu, we want to hear from you. Please forward any comments, questions, or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. All feedback will be submitted to the Working Group for consideration.
In response, we will continue to provide updates on our progress, announce new enhancements, and share any other exciting news.
Thank you for your support and patience while we all work to make NCCU even better. Eagle Excellence!