The University portal has emerged as a primary online tool with which the University engages, communicates, builds community, and connects with faculty, students, staff and administrators.
ITS Web Services, in cooperation with a broad spectrum of participants from across the University, is conducting a review of our portal capabilities, with a goal of increasing functionality and improving usability.
Our process began with a series of online and paper-based surveys for the faculty, students, and staff of the University, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Sawyer Business School, and the Law School.
The results were supplemented by focus groups with a number of administrative departments. In all, more than 800 members of the University community participated.
In addition, various portal vendors, including the current vendor, were invited to present their products and services before representatives of the University and the schools, including both technical and non-technical administrators.
Six vendors were selected to provide product demonstrations to the larger University community during the week of August 18, 2008, based on the most commonly used features as indicated in our surveys.