I'm interested in gathering new and emerging strategies in re-launching edu sites. In particular...
For internal audiences (faculty and staff primarily) how have your managed expectations and ensured a smooth transition? Blogging the redesign process, Web committees, launch parties, private demos for curmudgeons, robust training plans, style guides, etc. are just some of the tools we have found successful.
For your external audiences, ecard announcements, postcards, tchotchkes, promotions in enewsletters, calls to action in print, press releases, etc. have all had a place in our ongoing promotion plan. Add to that Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Digg, etc. and so on.
Would love to gather strategies you've found successful in the higher ed space.