Some years ago our University made Google Sites available to our staff, faculty, and students. At that point, I coded a University branded header and footer and wrote instructions for use. Ultimately, the powers that be decided not to distribute this resource saying that Google could change their code at any time, disrupting the code I wrote and making a mess of any site that used these assets. (There was also some concern over putting our branding on a google.com address, but I'm less concerned about that.)
That was over 3 years ago. The very few sites that did use the code are still working just fine.
My question (finally!) is - what is your college or university doing related to branding if you use Google's education package? Do you offer templates of any kind for Google Sites? How about Blogger? What are the pros and cons?
If you have anything that's live out there, I'd like to see it. Send me your URLs. Point me to your guidelines or policies. Anything you have on this would be appreciated!
In the spirit of sharing, here's one of the very few sites that use our branding. The features I'm talking about are the web header (the maroon bar with our wordmark and links) and the footer (our standard web footer and links - on top of the Google stuff).