CSU, Chico News

Redesign Web Site For CSU, Chico Debuts

Date: 03-15-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

A redesigned Web site for California State University, Chico debuts today, March 15, after more than a year of work by a large group of participants from across the campus community.

The Web site http://www.csuchico.edu/ includes a number of photos and stories about CSU, Chico, a task bar of the most commonly used links and a “Discover Chico” feature for people who want to learn more about the campus and community.

A campus Web site redesign project was initiated in 2008 and participants began gathering data on best practices and audience preferences. More than 17,000 e-mail survey invitations were sent to prospective students and their parents, current students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and corporate partners. A total of 1,253 responses were received from 12 different user groups. Campus efforts to redesign the Web site are detailed at http://www.csuchico.edu/about-site/index.shtml.

“Our Web site is a prime medium for communication that needs to be representative of our campus, portray us well and also work in a modern and effective way,” said Bill Post, CSU, Chico chief information officer and vice provost for Information Management. “We want to make sure our content is clear and accessible, not only to our campus community, but also to external audiences such as prospective students and their parents.”

Post serves as chair of the Web Management Committee that oversees the implementation of the Web design and infrastructure. The other two committees responsible for creating the redesigned Web site are the Web Content Committee, chaired by Kathy Fernandes, director of Academic Technologies; and the Web Design Team, led by Laura Kling, coordinator and art director of Web Services.

Other Web Design Team members are Tony Dunn, Computing and User Services; Dee Hoffman-Wills, College of Business; Wendy Needels, Admissions; Alan Rellaford, University Advancement; and Roberta Roebuck, Academic Technologies. Casey Huff, Public Affairs and Publications, led a Web Writing Team to create content for the redesigned home page and secondary pages.