KU News Release

July 1, 2009
Contact: Digital Media Services, University Relations

KU site redesign will ensure easy, fast access to information

If you are a regular user of the KU web site, you may have noticed a few changes. As part of continuing efforts to create and maintain a world-class Web presence for the University of Kansas, we are rolling out a redesign of the KU template, beginning with the home page and second-level pages.

While our previous redesign focused on only the home page, we are undertaking a broader effort to ensure faster access to information our research indicates users want.

On July 1, you will see a new home page and new second-level pages. The rest of the site will transition to the new template by December. The new second-level pages are intended to make the site’s navigation more user-centric, ensuring that information is easy to find.

A key component of the new template will be the site-wide alert system, which will ensure that users on any page in the KU Web site will be alerted to emergencies on campus and directed to appropriate instructions for the situation.

This is one more step forward as we continue our progress toward making sure the KU Web site properly reflects the outstanding nature of the institution it represents.

During the past year, we have taken comments from students, faculty and the wider university community into account as we planned for this phase of development. We are keeping what works and making adjustments to those things that users have deemed problematic. For example, our home page features have been very popular, and you will continue to see those in the rotating home page billboard. Additionally, you now will be able to see the headline for the next feature in the rotation. Daily news updates will share space with these features.

General themes in this area will continue to include:

  1. KU Works for Kansas (outreach and service)
  2. Research & Teaching
  3. Campus Beauty
  4. Diversity
  5. Major Events

As with our previous venture, the new design is part visual and part intellectual. Visually, it presents a more dynamic picture of the university. Intellectually, it allows for a more compelling view of the work that occurs here daily. We will continue to report and record the teaching and research going on across the university and highlight the diversity of not only those endeavors, but also the people involved in making them happen.

The goal is to create a sense of place — a place current students, staff and faculty can be proud of and a place where prospective students, staff and faculty will want to be. Feedback from the community continues to be welcome. Feel free to contact us if you notice any broken links or have other suggestions.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

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