IUPUI in new book highlighting 20 “Best of the Best” university Web sites; Informatics alums key members of award-winning Web team
March 19, 2009
Several graduates of Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, Media Arts and Science Program, are key contributors to the IUPUI Web site, selected recently for yet another national award for Web design.
The eduStyle Guide to Usable Higher-Ed Homepage Design offers a glimpse into 20 of the best higher education websites in the U.S., and IUPUI is among them.
The book’s Introduction explains its criteria: "One of the first things you may notice about this book is that all of the sites we have included are great websites; in fact, these are the best of the best over the last few years."
One of only three universities featured with more than 25,000 students, IUPUI received accolades for its inline video player with closed captioning, high quality photography, and task-based navigation.
"To be recognized as one of the best higher-ed sites in the country is truly a testament to the talents of our Web team," said Troy D. Brown, Executive Director of the Office of Communications and Marketing. "We are setting the standard in higher education." Brown holds a master’s degree in Media Arts and Science (MAS) from IUPUI.
The IUPUI site was produced and is maintained by the Electronic Communications Team in the Office of Communications and Marketing, IUPUI Office of External Affairs. Team members include Director Steve Hodges, BA’04; Chris Brown, BS’01, MS’04; Jolene Kernick, MS’04; Vanessa Richards, BA’94, MS’02; and Josh Normington, BS’06. Hodges, Brown, Kernick and Normington all have earned bachelor and/or master’s MAS degrees.
"This latest honor for the IUPUI Web site and its outstanding creative team is a real testament to the high quality of our Media Arts and Science Program," said Tony Faiola, program director and interim executive associate dean. "We’re very proud of our grads and their continuing contributions to IUPUI’s success."
The eduStyle recognition comes on the heels of several international awards for the IUPUI campus website, including top rankings in the 2007 and 2008 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards and back-to-back gold awards in the Admissions Advertising Awards those same years.[primary source: IUPUI Office of Communication and Marketing)