Champlain College Website Nominated for eduStyle Award

A new, rebranded Champlain College website was unveiled on March 19, 2013. It was the result of nearly two years of planning, design and transformation designed to enhance the College's ability to tell its success stories and attract new students. The hard work has been recognized by eduStyle website, and was nominated for its annual Higher-ed Web Awards.

Champlain's website was nominated in two categories in eduStyle Higher-ed Web Awards. These annual awards celebrate the best work in college and university websites. This year eighteen categories recognize the most innovative and exciting developments in key areas of higher education web development.

The new www.champlain.edu received nominations for Best Home Page and Best Academics/Program Listing webpage. Each of the eighteen awards, including the two Champlain are nominated for, are given as both a People's Choice and Judged Award. People's Choice voting closes Monday, Sept. 2, and winners for each category will be announced on Sept. 9.

To vote, visit http://www.edustyle.net/awards/2013/nominees.php, create an eduStyle account and vote for Champlain.

Work on the revamped www.champlain.edu began in May of 2011 and focused on a number of goals developed collaboratively with representatives from admissions, faculty, students, parents and marketing.

The goals were to:

  • Capture our Passion. Build an online presence that conveys Champlain College's unique spirit and energy.
  • Capture our Distinctiveness. Portray Champlain College's innovative and career-focused approach to education.
  • Think Like Users. Organize information with the end-user in mind.
  • Not a Me-Too Site. Breakaway from the pack and create a college website like no other.

"We feel confident we've achieved these goals, and will keep them our focus as we evolve and improve the site," explained Meghan Haley, director of the website team. "This project was about much more than just building a new website. It was about leveraging the power of the digital communication space to expand our reach and polish our presence. It was about telling the Champlain story in a more amplified and compelling way. It was about working as a team by bringing together students, faculty, and staff to realize a common goal."

In partnership with BarkleyREI out of Pittsburgh, PA, the project was led by Haley, the director of Digital Marketing, with writing, tech and design support from Marcelle Langan, Brian Andrews, Dan Selicaro and Nichole Magoon, Abigail Clark, and a team of Champlain students. The website is designed to allow for better analytics to give a better idea of how visitors use the site and using the feedback, allow the team to create continual improvements in the online experience.

"We hope you find the new site engaging, usable, and a positive reflection of Champlain College," Haley added, "We continue to appreciate and welcome your thoughts or suggestions on how to make what we have even better."

If you have any suggestions or comments, please send them to webmaster@champlain.edu.

For more information on Champlain's website development and vision, visit http://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/newsroom/new-website


Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu


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