Website Redesign Phase I Rollout

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

May 2018

 

The website is a critical communication tool for Villanova that reaches millions of people each year and is how key constituencies—especially prospective undergraduates, their families and prospective graduate students—learn about us. This redesign clearly positions Villanova as a top 50 national university, highlighting our Augustinian intellectual tradition, the depth and breadth of our academic programs and what it means to be a Villanovan.

We have focused our efforts on pages of strategic importance, including the University homepage, additional pages on academics, the homepages of the six colleges, and alumni and the Office of the President homepages. Once the May rollout is complete, we will immediately move into Phase II of the redesign.

Throughout the new site, you will see greater emphasis placed on the following:

  • Strength of our academics
  • Augustinian intellectual tradition
  • World-class faculty and excellence in teaching and scholarship
  • Full range of programs for undergraduate, graduate, online, adult, law and doctoral students
  • Impressive network of alumni and how they add value to a Villanova education

The new design allows Villanova to tell our story in a visually compelling way, giving visitors easy access to the information they want and need. The redesign is mobile-first with simplified navigation and a highly visible search function.

With leadership at the Cabinet and Dean levels, the website redesign is a University-wide initiative that has included the leadership and staff from the six colleges, the Office of the Provost and key administrative areas. To date, more than 30+ meetings have been held with approximately 100 stakeholders from across campus to provide ideas and input.

In addition, three committees were created to provide direct input and help guide the redesign:

  • Oversight Committee: representatives include the six colleges, Provost’s Office and key administrative areas who reviewed concepts/options and weighed in on key decisions, while also evaluating progress toward achieving our goals
  • Steering Group: a smaller group that reviewed design and navigation options and brought any issues or concerns to light
  • Ad Hoc Faculty Committee: composed of faculty representatives from the colleges to provide additional perspective

The website redesign strategy also was shared with other key stakeholders such as University Council on Information Technology (UCIT), University Staff Council, Parents Executive Committee and VUAA Board.

As the website redesign was such a large undertaking, it was divided into three phases:

Phase I

The rollout in May marks the end of Phase I of the website redesign. It was an intentional decision to roll out the first phase because it sets the site’s structure and informs the rest of the redesign. Launching first with the pages of strategic importance allows us to monitor analytics and site behavior to see if any modifications are needed before moving further into the site development.

Phase II

Phase II will begin immediately and include the creation of specific interior pages for the colleges; homepages for mission critical-areas, including Admissions, Student Life, and Advancement, and key interior pages for these areas as well.

It also will include an update to our website content management system (AEM) and search function, in addition to a strategy for moving internal content off the website. It is anticipated that Phase II will be completed in the fall.

Phase III

Phase III will include the other areas of the University and pages deeper in the site, including program and departmental pages. The goal is to finish the entire redesign project by May 2019.

 

Additional questions? Contact the UNIT University HelpDesk at x9777

 

 

Website Redesign Committee Members 

Ann Diebold, Steve Fugale and Craig Wheeland serve in an ex-officio capacity on all committees.

 

OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 

Colleges:

CLAS: Jennifer Schu

CLAS Graduate: James Mack     

COE: Kim Shimer     

CON: Ann McKenzie         

VSB: Monica Allen             

CPS: Kelly Grentz

CWSL: Kate Johnston

 

 

Academic/Administrative Areas:

Executive Office: Katie Fischer

Provost’s Office: Kristy Irwin, Tim Hoffman, Amanda Grannas

Falvey Library: Millicent Gaskell

Admissions: Carolyn DeFant

Mission & Ministry: Jared May

GR & External Affairs: Chris Kovolski

Connelly Center: John Purcell

Dining Services: Mike Powers

Student Life: Tom DeMarco

Advancement: Brendan Glackin

Alumni Relations: Marci Paton

Athletics: Jacob Whitten

 

STEERING GROUP

 

Academic Areas:

Provost’s Office: Amanda Grannas

College Rep: Kim Shimer    

Undergraduate Rep: Nat Harrison

Graduate Rep: Monica Allen

Law School Rep: Kate Johnston     

Online Rep: Kristy Irwin                   

Adult Learning Rep: Kelly Grentz

 

 

 

Administrative Areas:

Executive Office: Katie Fischer

Admissions: Carolyn Defant

Mission & Ministry: Jared May

Student Life: Tom DeMarco

Advancement/Alumni Relations: Marci Paton

 

AD HOC FACULTY COMMITTEE

 

CON: Theresa Capriotti, DO, MSN, RN, CRNP

CON: Catherine Todd Magel, EdD, RN

CLAS: Dr. Heather Hicks

CLAS: Dr. Adam Langley

CWSL: Jessica Webb, JD

CWSL: Michael Risch, JD

VSB: Dr. Stephen Andriole

VSB: Sue McFarland Metzger, MS

COE: Dr. Jens O.M. Karlsson