< Back to Main Site

EDUCAUSE review onlineEDUCAUSE review online

Charting a Smooth Course for Portal Development


The author discusses how San Diego State University came about their decision to create a portal, which includes reliance on a rubric to support their decision making.

James P. Frazee

James P. Frazee
Formerly the Director of Information Technology (CIO) for the Sweetwater Union High School District, the largest secondary school district in the nation, Dr. Frazee is now the Director of Instructional Technology Services (ITS) at San Diego State University. He teaches graduate-level educational technology courses for SDSU and at the University of San Diego, and has written and presented widely on the subjects of obtaining, managing and leveraging large state and federal educational technology grants, designing faculty professional development programs, strategic technology planning and using technology to push curriculum reform. In 2002, he was awarded the EDUCAUSE Quarterly Contribution of the Year Award for his paper “Charting a Smooth Course for Portal Development.” Building on this, he was the first author of a chapter featured in the book “Designing Portals: Opportunities and Challenges” (Edited by Jafari & Sheehan, 2003). More recently, he has written and been invited to give talks and lead workshops based on his experience designing large (>500-seat) learning spaces. His academic research focuses on using technology as a tool to promote active (student-centered) learning strategies in higher education. James is a Frye Fellow, class of 2008.


Most Popular

Stay Up-to-Date

RSS Email Twitter

Share Your Work and Ideas

Issues coming up will focus on designing the future of higher ed, digital engagement, and new business models. Share your work and ideas with EDUCAUSE Review Online.

E-mail us >


EDUCAUSE Members: $4.00
Non-Members: $4.00

Annual Conference
September 29–October 2
View Proceedings

Events for all Levels and Interests

Whether you're looking for a conference to attend face-to-face to connect with peers, or for an online event for team professional development, see what's upcoming.


Digital Badges
Member recognition effort
Earn yours >

Career Center

Leadership and Management Programs

EDUCAUSE Institute
Project Management



Jump Start Your Career Growth

Explore EDUCAUSE professional development opportunities that match your career aspirations and desired level of time investment through our interactive online guide.


EDUCAUSE organizes its efforts around three IT Focus Areas



Join These Programs If Your Focus Is


Get on the Higher Ed IT Map

Employees of EDUCAUSE member institutions and organizations are invited to create individual profiles.



2014 Strategic Priorities

  • Building the Profession
  • IT as a Game Changer
  • Foundations

Learn More >

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good™

EDUCAUSE is the foremost community of higher education IT leaders and professionals.