The Academics site has received a major overhaul in functionality. Now the site homepage defaults to using search to explore our academic programs. There are however additional tabs above the search form which lets users browse programs alphabetically or by college.
Changes to secondary education degree listings
Secondary education degrees have long been challenging for us to display. Future students have a hard time differentiating an education program from a traditional program when they both have the same name. To help alleviate this problem, we now have separated out all such listings and treat them as separate programs. Example:
In addition, when programs are listed by college, secondary education degrees are listed with a special heading under both the College of Education and Interdisciplinary Programs. This helps future students who are looking for an education degree to find them.
Direct linking to program sites
As academic program web sites are redesigned, we have begun linking results directly to that site instead of displaying an intermediate page. Programs which follow the content guidelines of the academic web site redesign process already provide all of the same content and have custom designs. Over time, our plan is to completely remove our intermediate page as sites are redesigned.
We track every search through our Google Analytics account so that we can monitor which search terms are most used and adjust our results accordingly.
This redesign project was designed and implemented by the office of web and new media.
- Design: Lindsay Thomack, web designer
- Website implementation: Jason Devore, web and new media student worker, with oversight by Sara Clark, director and Chad Killingsworth, assistant director