CSUSM Website Takes a Big Step Forward on Monday, Aug. 13

It's been four years since the launch of CSUSM's existing website. Since that time, some technologies have changed dramatically, and social media usage has become a standard part of life.

More importantly, our website has grown with the campus — more CSUSM websites, pages and documents exist than ever before. This increase in content is great to see, but it also means more links to click and more options to choose. We have to make sure that our website is user-friendly and intuitive with our most highly-visited web resources just a quick search or a few clicks away.

For these and other reasons, the University is embarking on a website upgrade project over the next 18-24 months. The first big step in the process is the launch of a new home page at www.csusm.edu on Monday, August 13.
Over the last year, CSUSM's Office of Communications and Instructional and Information Technology Services (IITS) have been working together and collaborating with the campus to make this project a reality. We've analyzed statistics that help us understand how you browse the website, offered the entire campus an opportunity to take a website usability survey, and learned about the specific needs of our students through focus groups conducted by a CoBA Senior Experience team. The result is a project that will make using the CSUSM website a more personal and efficient experience, all while rolling out the improvements incrementally and responsibly over time out of respect for today's challenging budget realities.

In addition to these enhancements, the University is also working to create a faculty and staff intranet which will provide easy access to internal information, forms and other documents. More information on the intranet project will be shared in the coming weeks.

For more information on the website project, including a timeline and frequently-asked questions, please visit www.csusm.edu/redesign.

Stay tuned... In the near future, we'll be sending out additional email messages to students, faculty and staff to highlight important elements of the upgrade project.