The redesign was initiated by Provost P. Geoffrey Feiss and announced in February of 2007. Susan Evans, director of web and communication services, led the redesign, dubbed re.web, working with a campus-wide team of stakeholders as well as staff members in IT, university relations, and admission. mStoner is pleased to have been selected to work with William and Mary on this project.
Evans and her team created a Facebook group and started a blog, re.web, which has already been nominated for awards and, in fact, was named a “People’s Choice Winner” from Edustyle on 22 July.
In fact, they’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to keep their campus informed about the project. Here’s why, according to Evans,
“When we first started planning the project I said that we were going to do this in the most transparent way that we could because I feel like this Web site belongs to everybody. … We have so many different constituencies that are a part of this project that I wanted people to feel like that had a voice and way to get information. I also knew we would be more successful if we heard from people early on about what they thought was important than if we did it in a much more closed way and tried to launch a site without involving the right people. Because we involved so many, the site truly reflects the special nature of the College.
Today, William and Mary launched all of the top-level pages of the site—including undergraduate admission, financial Aid, registrar, psychology, dean of students, and Arts & Sciences. In the coming months, many other areas of the William and Mary site will migrate to the new look and feel:
The School of Law and Virginia Institute of Marine Science will launch with the new design on Sept. 30. The process of moving content from the old site to the new will be ongoing and will eventually include the site for the School of Education (to be launched in late fall) and the Mason School of Business, which will launch in March 2009.
Michael Stoner Co-Founder and Co-Owner Was I born a skeptic or did I become one as I watched the hypestorm gather during the dotcom years, recede, and congeal once more as we come to terms with our online, social, mobile world? Whatever. I'm not much interested in cutting edge but what actually works for real people in the real world. Does that make me a bad person?