April 2015:  Design of the University homepage and key screens is underway and expected to be completed on schedule. The Web Team is also preparing to roll out a new calendar in conjunction with the redesign project. The new design will support our wide range of students, reflect the same sense of community online that happens every day offline and  provide function for all audiences, with particular emphasis on what programs are offered and our faculty.

March 2015: The iterative design process for re-imagining is moving forward on schedule. A great deal of work and energy went into testing the homepage design and a new wireframe (navigation) over the past month with great success. The 54 participants who took part in an online survey validated the new structure and primary and secondary navigation path, and reacted positively to the content featured. Their feedback as well as discussions within the web management team informs the functional specs as we begin to move into the design phase of the project.

February 2015: The Web Management team is continuing their work to re imagine Following the strategic vision presentation in December and the development of personas, iFactory led us through a test of a newly designed sitemap. The survey was considered a success by iFactory and moves us towards the completion of the Information Architecture phase of the project on schedule and on budget.

December 2014:Kimberly Emrick from iFactory shared a high-level project roadmap to help move from its current state to an aspirational one. The Strategic Vision summarized the findings from stakeholder interviews, strategic briefs, documentation review, and site analysis in ways that will answer the following questions about the website redesign: What are we trying to do? Why are we doing it? How will we know when we’ve done it?

November 2014: The Web Management Team met with iFactory on November 20th to kick off the comprehensive website redesign project for The meeting followed a successful launch of a refreshed University homepage; a project that was started and delivered in two months with no complications. At the kick-off, iFactory laid out a detailed project plan modeled after the Quick-Fresh Project that begins with discovery and a strategic vision, and ends in August 2015 with a redesigned website based on usability testing and data analysis.

April 2014: The University Task Force on Responsive Design for fulfilled its charge and recommended that the university move forward with plans to adopt a Responsive Web Design that is grounded in User Experience Design Strategies (UX) and Google Analytics. The expected gain is improved navigation, consolidated content areas, and improved workflow efficiencies. Over the summer the University awarded the RFP to the Boston design firm iFactory and adopted Percussion as the new content management system.

Project Documents are listed below.