The Academic site structure is designed to put your department’s work – academic offerings and research – at the forefront of the website. The structure and labels have been designed to make it easy for visitors to find information, and to provide you with a framework to easily organize your website's content. Adopting this structure will also help ensure a cohesive, unified experience across your organization's academic sites. Choosing the Academic site preset will pre-populate your website with these menu links and pages: HOME, Academics, Research, Activities, People, Resources, News & Events, About
NOTE: Only the Department/School site type offers the Academic preset option.
Select Academic from the options given in Step 2 of the site creation process.
- Click Next to select a theme.
- Click finish to redirect to your new site.
Below are tips and examples of the kinds of content to consider including in each section.
Purpose: To highlight your academic programs.
Examples: Information about undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc programs, secondary concentrations, program requirements, classes, admission.
Purpose: To highlight the latest research taking place in your department
Examples: Highlights of faculty research, overviews of your department’s main research areas, publications, news related to research, cross-university collaborations, and research initiatives or partnerships.
Purpose: To highlight other activities or initiatives that may not directly fit into the academics or research section. Not all departments use or need this section.
Examples: Student organizations, special programs or initiatives, community outreach, green initiatives.
Purpose: To highlight the expertise of faculty and provide contact information for faculty and staff. Some departments also include graduate students.
Purpose: To highlight resources and facilities that will be useful or of interest to your visitors.
Examples: Information about facilities such as labs or specialized equipment, technology, libraries, data resources, forms, information about training or procedures (e.g. lab safety).
6. News & Events
Purpose: To showcase what’s happening now in your department, announcements, and upcoming events.
Purpose: To provide background about your organization and logistical information
Examples: Mission statement, letter/welcome from a director, general department contact information, directions, job opportunities, history.