Why a Web Site Redesign?
Our current design does not meet our needs.
We've done the analytics, and we know that individuals can't find
what they are looking for and exit our site too quickly.
Beyond the navigation issue, Dickinson's visual identity has changed since the launch of our current Web design in 2009. The Dickinson wordmark, which replaced the compass rose as our primary logo, clearly and simply reflects the college's place among the nation's leading liberal-arts institutions. Our Web site is the primary vehicle in this overall marketing strategy. We want to explore new ways to display content that will both serve the interests of our internal audience while dynamically presenting Dickinson's unique narrative to the external world.
We need to be visually responsive.
An increasing number of our site visitors are using
some type of mobile device (smart phones, tablets, etc). A responsive redesign will automatically reconfigure the information we provide to any screen size, so that users will always have
an optimized experience regardless of viewing device.
A bit more about responsive design.
See it in action: Check out the Web site of Notre Dame or William & Mary on your desktop or laptop computer and then contract and expand the width of your browser window. You'll actually see the content elements move around to fit the changing dimensions.
We're not fully accessible to those with
In keeping with the college's mission, our site cannot exclude
any individuals or groups. Our new design will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but we also want it to encourage CMS editors to incorporate accessibility into their content as a general principle.
We're developing a new Gateway portal in Jadu.
We cover this in greater detail on the "Why a New CMS?" page.
What will the opportunities be for community involvement?
The Web Advisory Committee is committed to keeping you informed through this Web site
(check back for updates). We will also provide information via
all-campus e-mails and regular reports to the faculty by the Information Technology Services Committee. We also expect to hold several community forums as
the process moves along as a way to further the conversation with
you about this process, and to invite your feedback.
You can e-mail the committee at any time with your questions, comments or