Oct. 25, 1999 Vol. IV, No. 5

Redesigned Campus Web Pages Rolled Out for Comment

New Approach Groups Information by Areas of Interest Rather Than Campus Structure

Cal State Northridge's home page and supporting pages on the World Wide Web are getting a new look as a result of a months-long redesign effort. The charges are aimed at making information easier to find and grouping topics by areas of interest to users rather than campus hierarchy.

The redesigned web pages, about 30 thus far, were launched for campus and public preview last week alongside the traditional pages. The new pages currently are accessible via a link on CSUN's traditional home page (www.csun.edu) titled "PROPOSED HOMEPAGE."

"Cal State Northridge has always been a leader in its use of technology, and developing an enhanced presence on the World Wide Web is important to this goal," said CSUN Interim President Louanne Kennedy. The redesign thus far has been mainly of content, with the graphic redesign shortly to follow.

Bill Outhouse, CSUN's vice president for university relations, said the university is seeking comments on the redesigned web pages prior to Friday, Oct. 29. The university's plan is to have the new web pages replace their older counterparts before the end of the calendar year.

The redesigned pages thus far are the university's home page and more than two dozen second- and third-level pages, which all sport new features such as common links to a "CSUN

A-Z" alphabetical index, new sites, a people-finder and a soon-to-be unveiled on-line university calendar.

The redesign process began in early 1999 when former CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson appointed a Web Page Redesign Advisory Committee with Outhouse as chair. Campus officials wanted a web presence that was more user friendly and less dependent on knowing CSUN's administrative structure.

The new home page has main links that group campus web resources into the following categories: students, faculty/staff, parents/prospective students, alumni, business and government, and friends and community. Each of those links then leads to a second-level topical page containing those kinds of resources.

The preview home page currently features a photo of the university's Matador Bookstore complex, but eventually that central image will show different campus scenes. Outhouse said the new pages also are focused on accessibility by all computer users, meaning they forgo such web features as frames.

The new home page also has two important links in the bottom right corner: the Guest Feedback link where people can submit comments on the redesigned pages (also to University Relations via mail drop 8275), and another link for requesting to add links between university and department or user pages.


October 25, 1999

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