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University Web Management

Web Architecture

Approach

The recommendation that follows is the result of an in-depth analysis of the current structure and content of the information on College home pages.

  1. A survey of information labels, headings, and links used across CSUN College web sites was compiled
  2. Each College home page was analyzed to discover the organizational strategies already in practice that could be integrated into a common architecture
  3. The information categories proposed in the present recommendation were constructed in response to a series of questions:
    • Which College-level content items are common to all College home pages?
    • Which College-level content items are not common to all College home pages, but essential?
    • Which content items can be included in a top-level College home page archetype, while ensuring simplicity of presentation? What information or links are required by CSUN policy?
    • How can these common and specialized content elements be grouped into discrete and meaningful categories?
    • How will users find items not included on the top-level College home page? What information pathways already in use at the University home page level can be leveraged to shape user behavior at the College level?
    • How can content items and categories be labeled uniformly to anticipate user needs?