EDU Checkup: Purdue University, Henderson State University

Posted February 5th, 2012 by Nick DeNardis

Another week, another two site experience reviews. Although I give scores to a website based on visuals, information and code, there is so much more that goes in to those scores. The overall experience weighs heavily in how the numbers come out.

The first site this week, Henderson State University, although recently redesigned, it didn’t feel like they had me (the visitor) in mind when they recreated each page. I was met with clutter, various font types, positioning and prominence. It seemed like they had good intentions and action items (the same ones) on each page, but the execution left a lot to desire.

The second site, Purdue University – Krannert School of Management, also recently redesigned, immediately made me feel welcome with the minimal amount of items on their homepage. Going through their pages it was easy to identify the headers, links and next steps. I was disappointed to see all their crucial information was trapped in PDF’s, but at least it was available. I was happy to see someone paying close attention to the code of the site to ensure it was lite, semantic and standard. It was the code that brought them in to the B range.

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
Henderson State University – Episode #297 68 59 50 (177/300) 59% E+
Purdue University – Krannert School of Management – Episode #298 79 75 86 (240/300) 80% B-

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