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We launched a redesign of our site on July 1. It was more than just a new skin, it was a reorganization of the content. In the past we've tried to serve all audiences - current students, prospects, staff, faculty and alumni. It ended up being link overload. It also used internal back office terminology that was confusing to prospects.

Our charge was to gear the site toward prospective students and to move all content for current students and faculty & staff behind our existing portal.

We focused on usability - our college has 35 campuses and an online program, so the navigation can get easily very convoluted. Each campus offers different degrees, tuition, etc. We worked hard on the usability - did prototypes, user testing. We also kept a team from across the college involved every step of the way all year.

The other main goal of the redesign was to make the site responsive so it works on mobile devices.

Take a look and let us know what you think!  It's not perfect, and there are still things to improve, be we hope it met our goals. Feel free to be honest in your appraisal - we definitely want to improve. We've been looking at it a long time, so more fresh eyes on it would see what we'd missed, I'm sure.

Here is the eduStyle page to see the before & after. (and leave a ranking if you want :) 
http://www.edustyle.net/site.php?site=7128 

The direct url is http://www.ccis.edu

Thanks,

Beth Hastings
Web Designer
Columbia College
1001 Rogers St.
Columbia, MO 65216
eghastings at ccis.edu

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Nice and clean redesign, and I can see you are also paying a lot of attention to content strategy.  Thanks for sharing the links!

Thanks - I appreciate it! It was a  lot of "new" for us. Personally, I'd done a little bit of responsive design (took a class) but nothing at this level. I'd not done HTML5 or really delved into CSS3 and then finding polyfills that were low overhead to support a large amount of users that according to our stats were still were using IE8 (sigh). So there definitely was learning curve, and a tight deadline to boot.

Beth

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