Does this web site work? Rockland Community College, the State University of New York (www.sunyrockland.edu). (First Click).
* It's easy to find what you need on this site; the information is presented clearly. By segmenting information into the basic areas of About SUNY SUNY - State University of New York Rockland, Directory, Student Life, Course Offerings, etc., the site allows visitors to find what they need quickly. There isn't any extraneous "stuff" to sift through.
* Displaying a shot of the campus center-stage on the home page is right on. But how about making it a link to a virtual tour or more pictures of campus, classes, students, and faculty?
* Placed prominently on the home page are links to two strong selling points for any community college--quick certification (Fast Track/Career in a Year), and ability to easily continue on to a bachelor's degree (Begin Your Bachelor's at SUNY Rockland). The promotional information provided within those links is smart, concise, and well written, and would snag the interest of any prospective applicant.
* Kudos for placing important phone numbers (Admissions; main number) right up front. It prevents the site visitor from having to wade through the entire site, searching for a way to contact real people.
* The navigation from the home page needs work. The site designers need to think about the audiences the site will serve, and top information resources (1) The data and information assets of an organization, department or unit. See data administration.
(2) Another name for the Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT) department. See IT. . Use the information resource links to help develop a global navigation system A GPS-based electronic system in a car or truck that provides a real time map of the vehicle's current location as well as step-by-step directions to a programmed destination. See GPS and vehicle tracking. that will appear on every page beneath the home page.
* There are just too many choices to make--literally half a dozen ways--to get information on the same item. For instance, clicking the Directory link on the home page, or any of the five other links throughout the page (four department links, and another Directory link) bring you to the same page. Not only is it confusing when the same term is re-labeled, but the sheer repetition detracts from what could actually be a simple navigation scheme.
* The design leaves something to be desired. Prospective college students and Internet surfers in general are accustomed to seeing the latest in sharp Web site design. Hate to say it, but this site says "behind the times" before anyone ever gets inside it.
* The look of the Web site is inconsistent. From page to page, the site is too diverse in style, with wildly varying margins, type-faces and sizes, and colors. Also absent is a consistent use of proportion/spacing, with pages looking either too sparse or too dense. Because most of the site's pages are quite text-heavy, the use of judicious graphic embellishment, visual balance, and consistency can play an even greater role.
* Visitors simply drown in an ocean of text on pages like Programs of Study. This information is important and shouldn't be dumped on a page! Here, a good site designer can be worth his weight in gold.
* The college needs to brand itself better. The home page presents the tag line tag line also tag·line
1. An ending line, as in a play or joke, that makes a point.
2. An often repeated phrase associated with an individual, organization, or commercial product; a slogan.
Noun 1. : "Find yourself at SUNY Rockland Community College Rockland Community College is a two-year college in the SUNY system, located in hamlet of Viola within the Village of Suffern from the Town of Ramapo in Rockland County, New York. The college began in 1959 in the former county almshouse. ," but there are no supporting headlines or subheads within the site to add dimension to the theme. Photographs with captions and/or links to student profiles would be another great (and actually, obvious!) way for the college to support the "promise" of its brand.
* The home page attempts to list everything under the sun all on one page, acting more as a site map rather than an actual Web page. Reorganization of site elements--so that information is broken down into logical, digestible digestible
having the quality of being able to be digested.
the proportion of the potential energy in a feed which is in fact digested.
see digestible protein. chunks--is essential.
* Use color, typography, and other style elements with consistency, to achieve visual balance. The site seems to have been constructed by multiple individuals who did not confer with Verb 1. confer with - get or ask advice from; "Consult your local broker"; "They had to consult before arriving at a decision"
ask, enquire, inquire - inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times" one another.
* Don't skimp skimp
v. skimped, skimp·ing, skimps
1. To deal with hastily, carelessly, or with poor material: concentrated on reelection, skimping other matters.
2. on the visuals. Use of photography, and other graphic elements will help to break up the tedium of a largely text-based page. The Campus Tour link--located within About SUNY Rockland Community College--is a good start at an attempt to consolidate terms/links and visual presentation.
* Some pages--the Campus Tour page, for instance--seem to be up, but not functional. Let your visitors know that, with a "We're Under Construction" message. I kept clicking away until I realized I wasn't getting anywhere!
* The emphasis on affordability is right on the money, on the Begin Your Bachelor's page, but shouldn't it be even more up front, in this day and age? I'm still waiting for the community college execs smart enough to use affordability as part of their slogan. How about, "Find yourself at affordable SUNY Rockland"?
* Form a cross-functional, cross-campus team to address the key issues of a) navigation systems; b) content accuracy, style, tone, and contribution to marketing efforts; c) design quality and continuity; and d) ongoing maintenance and site updates. I'm certain there are staff, faculty, and students on SUNY Rockland's campus who are dying to have a more robust site that provides service and information.
* If resources (people and funds) aren't available on campus to bring the site up to a very basic level of functionality, begin looking at some thoughtfully designed higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. Web sites: Baylor University Baylor University, mainly at Waco, Tex.; coeducational; chartered and opened 1845 by Baptists (see Baylor, Robert E. B.) at Independence, moved 1886 and absorbed Waco Univ. (chartered 1861). The library has a noted Robert Browning collection. (www.baylor.edu) and Elmira College Elmira College is a coeducational private liberal arts college located in Elmira, in New York State's Southern Tier region.
Of note is the fact that the college is the first institution of higher learning that offered a college education for women comparable to (www.elmira.edu) are two solid examples, and Washington State University Washington State University, at Pullman; land-grant and state supported; chartered 1890, opened 1892 as an agriculture college. From 1905 to 1959 it was the State College of Washington. (www.wsu.edu) is an excellent model. Using sites such as these as jumping-off points, develop a list of goals and objectives.
* Conduct a market research study to determine the very best positioning strategy for the school, and verify the top information needs of the site's key constituents (prospects, parents, current students, faculty and staff, alumni, etc.). Pulling information from prospects and their families should become as important as pushing information to them.
* Use marketing (and writing) professionals to develop content; solicit faculty assistance in developing content for academic-related sections and pages; visit with Student Affairs Student affairs staff are responsible for academic advising and support services delivery at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The chief student affairs officer at a college or university often reports directly to the chief executive of the institution. staff when it's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a to rework the student activities pages.
* Adding a content management system to the site will help avoid broken links, outdated information, and vast differences in design and navigation presentation from page to page. A content management system can also help disperse across campus the work of developing new pages and maintaining existing ones. Asking a Webmaster to develop effective recruitment marketing content is tantamount to asking the president of the college to run registration. Webmasters are a great resource for college campuses, but their expertise typically lies in the technology arena.
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Stephanie Geyer directs the Web Site Development and E-communications Services for Noel-Levitz (www.noellevitz.com), consultants specializing in higher ed student recruitment, financial aid, student retention, market research, publications, and Web development.
Kathy Grayson is the parent of a college student.
Ken Lalli is professor of Web and Graphic Design at Norwalk Community College Norwalk Community College (also known as NCC) is a public community college in Norwalk, Connecticut. It is the second-largest of the twelve colleges in the Connecticut Community Colleges. (CT), and a freelance designer.
Liz LeFrancois is a guidance counselor guidance counselor Child psychology A school worker trained to screen, evaluate and advise students on career and academic matters at Bristol Eastern High School Bristol Eastern High School is a public high school in Bristol, Connecticut, USA which was opened in 1959. It has an enrollment of 1,354 students in grades 9-12. The main head (principal) of the school, as of 2006, is V. Everett Lyons. (CT).