Western Idaho College. Student Life Web site. Suggested Statement of Philosophy for the WIC Student Life Web Site: To provide an all inclusive environment that empowers and affirms the full development of a diverse student body by. Aligning Student Affairs With Institutional Mission.
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Student Life Web site
Suggested Statement of Philosophy for the WIC Student Life Web Site:To provide an all inclusive environment that empowers and affirms the full development of a diverse student body by...
High school graduates have higher grades, test scores, and involvement with college level courses
Many come from college educated parents
Today’s college students have different goals:
74% of incoming freshman surveyed stated they wanted to get a better job and make more money
82.9% of incoming students use the internet to access informationThe Next Step: Targeting Today’s Students
Applying Barratt’s Model to Critique WIC’s Student Life Web Site
According to Barratt there are 13 basic
values that can be provided as a useful beginning to evaluating student affairs web sites including…
Currency: Web pages are out of date (i.e.: “This page last updated October 7th, 2002”). All pages should be monitored daily and updated more frequently.
Convenience:Icons, color differentiation, graphics, navigation tools, links, organization and indexing. User friendly approach is important (i.e. Scrolling down for information on lengthy lists, such as the Policies & Procedures page is frustrating and tedious).
Inclusion:Not all students, student groups, or organizations appear to be presented in the site. Part of the problem stems from lack of clarity in the mission of WIC, by only addressing minority and adult student needs in broad terms. And the rest of the population? On the athletics page only basketball is represented. Is that the only sport available at WIC and if not why is it the only one being represented on your site?
Representation: Admissions, Financial Aid, Athletics, Human Resources, Academic Support, Registrars,Career Services, Food Services, Health Services and Academic departments. How are all departments being represented? Are they all being represented? By excluding certain departments, how are you showing that students basic needs are being addressed?
Active:Current events, schedules, names, dates, times: Where are
they accessed? Are there any upcoming student meetings, lectures or socials happening at your institution? The only event listed on your site is the basketball schedule.
Informative: Codes of conduct, policies, student government constitution: Where are academic policies, judicial affairs, honor code, and divisional mission statements? Only institutional mission and residence life policies and procedures are provided.
Interactive: No mechanisms for student interaction on the site. No contact information. For example, students should be able to contact people including faculty and staff by clicking on an E-mail link.
Community building: Site lacks dimension and is disconnected from students, staff, and faculty as a community. No links to connect community to local information/resources, or global information and current affairs are available.
Developmental: Site does not promote student development goals, for example: interdependence, relationships, autonomy, integrity, self actualization, etc... Where students should be at the center of a student affairs and its web site, an appropriate student development theory based on the institutional mission, should be the foundation for creating a student life web site.
Learning focused: Policies and procedures appear to be the heart of this institution, at least this might be the visitor’s impression, given that it is the bulk of the web site. Where is the service and learning?
Clarity:Language is ambiguous (i.e., “other stuff” and “other professional studies”. Web site goals are unclear. Why is basketball schedule (without locations of games and purchasing information) the only program, activity, or sport offered on the site? Whose needs are being met by visiting your site?
Accountability: There is no room for student comments, feedback, or counters of how many students visited the site.
Accessibility: The web site must accessible . There are no consistent toolbars with menus at each page of website. No active links. No page counters.
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