April 23, 2009

Registrar’s website sports new look, better usability

By admin

Today, the Office of the University Registrar proudly launches its new web site. It incorporates a number of improvements, both visually and in ease-of-use. As with any major change, there are bound to be questions. Please let Scott Bush, the Registrar’s webmaster, know what you think and inform him of any issues.

If you’re interested, here are some details on the new site:

  • Better organized – The new homepage (besides looking nicer) has links to the top resources for students, faculty and staff, and other members of the University community. We’ve also integrated the top three entries from this blog to keep you informed at a glance.
  • One-stop shopping – The new site is actually a consolidation of multiple departmental websites managed by the Registrar. We’ve integrated the Time Schedule Office and Curriculum Office websites into this one. This helps to unify the Registrar’s many services as well as present a consistent interface for more content. We’ll soon integrate Data Management and DARS content here, too.
  • Improved search – Because we’ve got multiple sites “under one roof,” (see above) our search feature now finds more content more easily.
  • Fancy forms – If you use the time schedule change forms, you’ll appreciate the changes we’ve made. In addition to looking better, the forms now validate your input and give hints so you know what’s expected as you complete the form.
  • Old links still work – If you’ve followed a link from another site (or one of your own bookmarks), don’t worry: you’ll get where you were going. The old site will instantly redirect you to the appropriate page within the new site.

We’d welcome your comments on the new site, either added to this blog post or in an e-mail to Scott Bush, our webmaster.

One Response to “Registrar’s website sports new look, better usability”

  1. [...] I’ve written a post about the improvements in the new site on the Registrar’s blog. (The introduction of a blog is an improvement in itself.) That was written for a diverse, non-technical audience. There was a ton of work behind the scenes that is interesting, but not appropriate for that forum. Here’s a rundown, each of which could be its own blog entry: [...]

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