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The time has come to redesign our IT Website. It is no secret for us that our website suffers from years of partial cleanups and lack of attention. Our university did get a new CMS a number of years back and many of the other "more externally visible" departments have gotten a makeover. Of course IT should be able to do this ourselves, but I like to work within the system and our Marketing group controls the website. Anyways, they finally agree and have time to give us a new design which I then hope will motivate us to really cleanup our content. Does anyone have a list of official or unofficial "Best IT Higher Education Websites". Or maybe just refer your own if you believe it is good. Probably should do this offline to keep the listserv tidy.


Greg Smith
Chief Information Officer
George Fox University
Be Known at Oregon's Nationally Recognized Christian University
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A quick recap of the feedback I received per my question about the "Best University IT Websites"

I did get a few referrals typically pointing to a recent refresh to a specific University's IT website. However, I had more responses stating a similar need asking that I update them with my findings.

What I grab from these sites is not so much the actual design but the selection of critical categories. What and how do we list the critical categories that our customers immediately look for when then come to our IT websites. We all have a basic list relating to how we break down our IT structure, but what do our customers look for or what do they call it?

University of Chicago has a good site: - good categorization (wish we were on Drupal)
Univ. Wis Eau Claire: - simple may be good
Notre Dame: - more data but also closer to one click shopping
Pepperdine: - good combination
Stanford: - more like a shopping guide, interesting, good categories

We are at the beginning of this journey so any more help is still appreciated. Look at your own sites and if you think they do a better job or you actually get positive feedback on your site from your customers I would love to hear about them.

Greg Smith
Chief Information Officer
George Fox University
Be Known at Oregon's Nationally Recognized Christian University

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