The Catholic University of America

April 2, 2009

CUA Launches New Web Home Page

The Catholic University of America launched a new home page for the university's Web site today.

The new page features a dynamic, modern look with graphic and text information presented in a clear, understandable form. In addition, the new Web page takes a different approach to presenting information about the university. Nine subject tabs appear at the top of the home page and will be replicated across all of the university's Web pages. The subject tabs and the dropdown menus that appear below them were created with a view to addressing the needs and interests of visitors to the university Web site.

The new navigation structure was determined through extensive research and focus groups. In early 2008, Catholic University engaged the services of NavigationArts, LLC, a Web consulting firm, to initiate the process of redesigning the university's Web site.

"The new Catholic University Web site represents a significant and exciting advance in the way that the university communicates and markets itself to external audiences," said Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Catholic University president.

"In order to meet the needs and interests of these different audiences, key stakeholders from across the university were closely engaged in developing this new site. The superior new home page that has been unveiled today reflects that collaboration and is a harbinger of things to come as we convert the other university Web pages," Father O'Connell said.

The overhaul of the entire university Web site will proceed in phases. Fall 2009 is the target date for completing the conversion of an estimated 40,000 university Web pages employing the new templates developed by NavigationArts for CUA.