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New UI homepage is more customer focused
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has redesigned its homepage
on the World Wide Web to make it easier to use for people both inside and
outside the university. The new homepage features information links for
current students, prospective students, faculty and staff; alumni, friends,
parents and visitors; employers and job seekers, and for patients of the
UI Hospitals and Clinics. It can be visited at: http://www.uiowa.edu:80/
"We wanted the homepage to be more customer focused," explained
Chris Pruess, UI Webmaster and leader of the web page redesign committee.
"The people who use our homepage probably don't really know how the
university is organized, but they know who they are. That's why we've identified
our main links as we have."
Now, for example, homepage visitors who click on "Prospective Students"
will find information on admissions procedures, academic programs, costs,
financial aid, and the UI's on-line application. Visitors who click on
"Patients" will find information on phone numbers and contacts
for scheduling appointments at the UI's outpatient care clinics. Clicking
on "Employers and Job Seekers" will give information about job
openings at the UI or about the availability of UI students for internships."
The new homepage has a text only option that will save an extra click
for people who do not wish to see graphics or have vision problems and
need to be able to control the size of the text, Pruess noted.
In addition, the graphics used on the homepage were designed for a 15-inch
computer monitor, which is the most common size used by current and prospective
students, according to a survey completed as part of the redesign process.
More than 1,500 users responded to the survey.
The UI homepage also features a welcome from UI President Mary Sue Coleman,
a "Search A to Z" function, a link for answers to frequently
asked questions about the UI, and links for the UI's annual calendar, its
phone directory, Hawkeye sports, and the arts.