EDU Checkup: University of Hawaii, Florida Atlantic University, Eastern Kentucky University

Posted August 28th, 2010 by Nick DeNardis

This week started out pretty rough. University of Hawaii – Manoa didn’t shine in any area. There was a lot on the site and I am sure at one time it was ahead of its time but now visitors demand more. The homepage right column looks like it became a dumping around for things that “need to be on the homepage” but there really is no strategic spot for them. Beyond that the program information was published in a powerpoint document, something that shouldn’t be done unless actually giving a presentation.

Florida Atlantic University didn’t do any better. The mega menu on the homepage forces the visitor to pick the exact page they need instead of giving them general information with related information. In addition it was almost impossible to find a list of degree programs, they automatically separate it out by department. Most prospective students don’t know how universities function let alone know what department a program is in.

Lastly, Eastern Kentucky University knocked it out of park with their recent redesign. The texture and colors used on the site make the page feel like a destination instead of just another web page. The images used were vibrant and their colors integrated well into the overall design. Not all of their departments have adopted the new template yet but the ones that did are easy to navigate and have plenty of information about each program.

If you’re interested in having your university (or one of your competitors) reviewed publicly or privately feel free to submit your site. Over half of the sites reviewed on EDU Checkup are by request.

This Week’s Reviews

Site Visual Information Code Overall
Eastern Kentucky University – Episode #184 99 94 91 (284/300) 94% A
Florida Atlantic University – College of Education – Episode #183 51 48 39 (138/300) 46% F-
University of Hawaii – Manoa – Episode #182 59 31 62 (152/300) 50% F-

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