SUNYCAP.org: A Look into the Future

Kenny Morrison



Technology Chair, Community College Rep.
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As we know our lives on the internet changes on a daily basis. From tweets to touts, from flickr to pintrest, we have seen a variety of new social media tools enter our lives. While there are so many new ways to get our message across, one medium remains the same: the web site.

SUNYCAP’s web site has seen a variety of changes over the years. In 2009 we went from a blog style format to a more traditional web look. Over the past year we have been looking at providing our membership with a new and improved website that offers a modern feel with a navigation system that is easy to use.

After months of research, member feedback, proposal writing and E-Board meetings, it was decided SUNYCAP would work with Lewiston Web Solutions from the Niagara Falls region. Their company understood our needs as an organization on many levels (plus they were very, very reasonable when it came to budget).

The new web site is currently in the development and design phase. We took several factors into consideration when designing this site including simple navigation, ease of use, professional appearance and basic editing functions for the non-technical E-Board members. The new SUNYCAP web site will feature a Members Only section that will house meeting minutes, the treasurers report, Endeavors, SUNYCAP elections and photos/videos. Our plan is to provide every SUNYCAP member with their own unique username and password.

We are also constructing a new Conference section to the web site that will allow us to provide the latest conference information with online registration, schedules and notes vs. the current layout filled with PDF’s and a long scrolling page.

Future ideas include a sharing board, where admissions professionals can share hotel tips, restaurant ideas, points of interest for a certain region, etc.

Once the developmental stage is completed we will begin testing several online forms, updating page content and begin training administrators on how to edit the site. Our goal is to have the new SUNYCAP website fully functional by the time we get to Tarrytown for the 2012 conference.

If you have any suggestions or comments please pass them along to me. In the meantime our current site remains functional and our Facebook page is still active at facebook.com/sunycap.