Moving to the Intranet
Inside Western - Faculty and Inside Western - Staff are moving to the new intranet site.
The information you are looking for has moved!
As you know, our primary public website, www.western.edu is in the midst of a redesign. The basic tenet that influenced all our decisions during the redesign was (and is): The public website is primarily a marketing tool, a way to deliver our Western message to our chosen public audiences.
Cleaner, more relevant Content for our target audiences
Early in our design conversations it became clear there was a significant content in the current site that was not really public, that is, it was really intended only for internal business operations. Human Resources, IT, Accounting, Facilities and just about every other administrative office had a great deal of internal information posted (forms, pdfs, policies, etc.) that really only faculty, staff and student employees needed to access. This content does not fit into the marketing and messaging objective of the new design and it tends to ‘clutter’ search results with content that is not necessarily useful to our target audiences. Also, this internal use of our public site adds an extra layer of noise that has to be filtered out of any web analytics.
Intranet, a site where we (faculty and staff) are the target audience
Our solution to the content problem described above is to move as much as possible to an “Intranet”. This internal set of web sites, based on Sharepoint (we call it Collaborate) will house this information. Each administrative office (and other entities, eg. Faculty Senate) will have a site where they can publish anything they want accessible for faculty and staff, but don’t need or want to publish to the world. In many ways, Collaborate will become our new ‘home page’ for all things related to internal University business.