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UMD Web Planning Document
Developed by UMD Campus Web Committee

Draft last updated 10-Nov-2004




Table of Contents

1. Vision Statement for UMD's Web Site Construction and Use

2. Policies Relating to Web Site Development at UMD

3. Appearance of Official, Professional, and Personal UMD Web Pages

4. Management of Web Site

5. Resources


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Vision Statement for UMD's Web Site Construction and Use


The following Vision Statement was written by the Ad Hoc Committee on UMD Web Activities. It should be reviewed annually and updated, if necessary.

Vision Statement for UMD Web Site Construction and Use

February 16, 2000

Capitalizing on the versatility of the web technology, UMD's web site must be designed not only to inform, but to guide individuals to engage in and benefit from numerous high quality, educationally-purposeful activities. In order to accomplish this a coordinated effort must be made so that UMD Web documents are well designed, efficiently managed, written in accordance with UMD web page policy standards, and provide for information which represents and informs all UMD constituencies.


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Policies Relating to Web Site Development


The following documents were written by the identified University of Minnesota offices to specify policies and procedures related to the development of web sites.

The UMD Web Committee will review these documents annually and recommend changes and/or additions to these policies.

The relevant policies are contained in the following documents:

UM Policy for Publishing Information on the World Wide Web

University of Minnesota WWW Publishing Guidelines

Requesting a Link from the Duluth Campus Homepage

Policy on Appropriate Use of Information Technology

UMD Visual Identity Guide


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Appearance of UMD Web Site


UMD's Homepage and linked pages will be designed to provide clearly identified paths for locating information in all areas of campus activity represented with web pages. The layout and design of UMD's Homepage and directly linked pages will use graphical features of the web to present a professional image distinct for the UMD campus.

Goals and Objectives.

  • Goal 1. Incorporate user feedback for redesigning UMD top level pages.

    • Objective 1a. The UMD Web Committee will meet with student and faculty groups when needed to review UMD top level web pages.

    • Objective 1b. The ITSS Web Team will oversee testing the speed of UMD pages on commonly used browsers through ethernet and modems.

  • Goal 2. Provide oversight of the graphical appearance and organization of the UMD web site.

    • Objective 2a. The UMD Campus Web Committee and the ITSS Web Team will jointly develop and evaluate the design of the UMD web site.

    • Objective 2b. The ITSS Web Team will make templates available for Official, Professional, and Personal UMD web pages.

    • Objective 2c. Departments are encouraged to use the UMD header design on official pages. Slight modifications can be made to identify each department. All UMD web page owners are expected to follow the University of Minnesota WWW Publishing Guidelines.

  • Goal 3. Coordinate web applications for campuses.

    • Objective 3a. The UMD Campus Web Committee will work with committees on the other U of M campuses to coordinate the functionality and appearance of system-wide applications within the University.


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Management of UMD Web Site


The UMD Web Committee has representatives from the Chancellor's Office (University Relations), Finance and Operations, Academic Administration, and Academic Support and Student Life. The UMD Web Committee coordinates the implementation of the plan for developing the official UMD web site. The committee reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration. This team integrates contributions from all parts of the campus to provide comprehensive, useful, and up-to-date information on the web utilizing current applications of information technology.

The following goals and objectives apply to the management of the UMD web site:

Goal. A broad range of customers will be able to easily navigate UMD's web site and find essential UMD information.

  • A. TOOLS

    • Objective A1. Navigational tools will be available on the UMD Homepage. These include a topic index, search tool, student/staff directory, department directory, calendar of events, and contact information.

  • B. AREAS AND RESPONSIBILITY

    • Objective B1. A comprehensive set of non-academic web materials for prospective and enrolled students will be coordinated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life.

    • Objective B2. A comprehensive set of web materials for visitors and alumni will be coordinated by University Relations.

    • Objective B3. A comprehensive set of web materials for faculty and academic web materials for students will be coordinated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration.

    • Objective B4. A comprehensive set of web materials for staff will be coordinated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operation.

    • Objective B5. The Web Committee will establish priorities for UMD web development on an on-going basis.

  • C. COMPREHENSIVE, TIMELY INFORMATION

    • Objective C1. Every UMD department will have a web page containing department name, address, phone number, staff, and services. Links will be made from this page to the existing departmental web sites.

    • Objective C2. Each UMD degree program will be described on a web page. Minimum information will consist of the following: name of degree, contact person, degree requirements.

    • Objective C3. Courses with supporting course information will be listed in the UMD course guide.


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Resources


Goal. Adequate resources will be available so that all UMD faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity and skills to view web documents. Interested UMD faculty, staff, and students will have the opportunity to create web documents.

  • A. FACULTY/STAFF RESOURCES

    Goal. Assistance will be available to allow departments to create and maintain assigned official web pages.

    • Objective A1. ITSS will provide a service for helping UMD departments create and maintain web pages including on-line web development guide. Two levels of service will exist: one level will provide basic html construction and the other will provide programming assistance.

    • Objective A2. A computer lab will be open for faculty and staff web page development. This lab will be staffed with consultants.

    • Objective A3. ITSS will provide monitoring tools to assist departments in keeping web pages current.

    • Objective A4. Tools will be available so that usage data of official web pages can be recorded.

  • B. STUDENT RESOURCES

    Goal. Web training and access will be available to all UMD students.

    • Objective B1. All students will have access to basic access labs and the UMD on-line web development guide.

    • Objective B2. UMD classes and ITSS workshops will cover areas of need.

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