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Here at UR, I was recently involved in a discussion regarding how our various clubs are organized on the web and how to improve it. At the moment, it's a little bit of a mess - some clubs have purchased their own domain and web space, others use the University-provided SAMP web space and others have no website at all. On top of that, all clubs must provide some information on the University Student Life's website.
I have begun to search for possible solutions to this problem, but haven't yet found one that seems to fit perfectly.
What do your schools use to solve this problem?

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We are using OrgSync. It's designed around helping student organizations manage their own content, while providing permission and membership-based access to the online student organization. Students are able to build a "co-curricular" transcript within the system, and based upon their activities and involvement within each organization. We are still in the beginning phases of implementing this across the campus, and only a dozen or so organizations have been setup at this point. Every student that has used it has been happy with the interface, and appreciate that it is a solution that has been 'provided' by the institution, rather than something that they needed to come up with on their own. The price is pretty minimal as well, which was another benefit to us. Check it out at: http://orgsync.com
I am at Daytona State College and we have a college portal which has a 'Campus Groups' option. We stopped the practice of everyone having their own separate hosting etc as what happens, especially with student clubs, is that the student taking care of it leaves. The site then falls to some unsuspecting faculty member of staff who has no clue how to update a website or where the hosting is or anything. The next step? They call our IT department and want us to migrate the site into our CMS (omni update) and we have to do all the work! However, even setting them up in Omni was a lot of work, when often times the sites are not maintained after the person responsible looses interest. One other negative about letting them use their own hosting and web options, is that you loose the college identity somewhat in all those different styles.

So we now use our "campus groups" option in our portal. This means they have to be logged in, or part of our internal database system in order to be involved. This eliminates somewhat, the problem of abuse/misuse of the discussions etc as we can keep better tabs on them.

There was a club that I am one of the advisers for, that I wanted to highlight. It is our environmental club, so what i did, was create an Omni cover page, and then link to our campus group inside the portal from our left nav. http://www.daytonastate.edu/green/

My new quest is to get our college started on Twitter.
Jane I'm in the same boat you were. Based on a combination of budget issues and a push from various sources we've decided to implement student organization web sites as part of a WPMU/BP initiative that will integrate these sites with our community site and aid in the content building/user driving portion of the project. It'll also mean multiple "admins" and that we'll have control over who can add content to an orgs site. No more lost and forgotten free hosting sites when the primary user graduates.
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Currently, student orgs can host simple (no programming languages) web sites on the school servers. Access is controlled through the campus entity that manages resources for the student groups in cooperation with our webadmins. This basically limits student org sites to those groups that have someone who knows how to do html/css. We also have the problem of sites falling out of date because the one student who know how to do it leaves or graduates.

We are currently investigating rolling out an enterprise-level Drupal service, which would have a number of set modules centrally managed, and would allow students to easily set up a web presence without much technical know-how. We don't yet know if this will have a cost associated with it, but we're looking for it to be free or very low cost. We are hopeful that it will be a viable solution.

Lynn Barnett, University of Chicago
Thanks for your replies, sorry for the lack of mine.

OrgSync is something we explored (one of it's creators graduated from UR, actually), however our contact at SA seems to be somewhat reluctant about going this route for a variety of reasons.

Drupal has essentially been outlawed here due to it's security issues (I know Drupal is generally quick with releasing patches for exploits that have been discovered, however we had a problem with numerous unmaintained instances set up by organizations outside University IT).

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