First we added a new mascot. Then a new logo. And now a new home page.
Last summer the Institutional Web Team conducted a survey on the usability of the St. Thomas home page. The feedback we received was critical to informing us on the current redesign.
It was clear that users wanted a home page that met their expectations of what a college or university Web site should be. Specifically, the home page should serve as a conduit for information, and help users find what they are looking for quickly and intuitively.
The new page has a number of helpful features, including easy navigation, up-to-date headlines about St. Thomas news and emergency school closings, and a fresh new look.
Below are screen shots and brief descriptions of just a few of the useful sections on the new St. Thomas home page.
Explore the St. Thomas Web
Clicking on the purple headers will bring you to a new web page that offers more links to each section. If you see a link below the purple headline that will take you where you want to go, just click and go.
Resources, references and spotlights
This section offers a portal to links for different audiences. Prospective students will learn about the university and find links for applying online. Current students will find schedules, registration info, parking guides and much more.
This section gives users the nuts and bolts of the university. Find phone numbers, maps, calendars and e-mail addresses in this section. And if you resist change, you can always reference the old web site through the Visit Old UST Home page link.
This section will often have a button that will lead you to information on upcoming events like summer sessions, state fair booths, Tommy Award voting and much more.
News Headlines and Events
This section will keep you up-to-date on the latest Bulletin Today headlines and events. The top three stories "For Everyone" will be posted in this section each day.
Just click on the link to go to the story. And if the weather turns foul, visit the homepage to see if classes are cancelled or not.We hope you like the new home page.
Feel free to look around, follow some links and even get lost on our electronic campus. Then stop back and let us know how the trip was.
We need your feedback to continue to improve the site. E-mail us with your comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.