Salt Lake Community College’s web services team is approaching the finish line in what has been an exciting race to complete the institution’s newest website redesign in years.
The completely refurbished site will make its debut later this semester.
“Even though you may not notice, our website changes daily,” says SLCC digital marketing director Sarah Reale. “We have thousands and thousands of pages that are added and adjusted continually.”
A quick search through the website archives reveals the last time the institution’s homepage saw such a major redesign was in 2009.
Students who have grown tired of the watercolor background on the homepage will be excited to learn that this element will be eliminated. A sleeker theme will be introduced along with long overdue user experience improvements.
According to Web Services, updates to the site will make it more responsive, allowing for web pages to automatically adjust to a user’s screen size.
SLCC student Claudia Trochez initially thought a change wasn’t necessary, but after learning that a display for mobile devices will be addressed she is “very excited to see our school move with the trends of websites worldwide.”
With the major overhaul nearer than ever, a curiosity arises as to how students interact with the current website.
Aside from being a place to learn about SLCC and its many departments, slcc.edu is also a portal to MyPage, Canvas and other services essential for student success.
A poll conducted at South City and Taylorsville Redwood campuses revealed that nearly half of students had not visited the SLCC homepage for any reason besides accessing their personal MyPage profile.
With the redesign, the institution is taking steps to better connect with its student body.
“Our website was redesigned with students in mind,” adds Reale. “Students, new and current, are our number one priority.”
Reale, along with SLCC’s marketing and design teams, collectively see this as an opportunity to engage with students through a homepage that truly is home for all.