By Matthew Williams
The newly redesigned John Jay website, launched by the Marketing and Developing Department on Monday, Feb. 2, has received mixed reviews from students on campus.
Dil Zaman, a Criminal Justice major at John Jay, says, “ It’s different, yet not difficult to explore.” Zaman also stated, “I only use it for blackboard and the calendar,” which can be found at the top of the webpage along with links to the library, email, and directory.
The website, which took 18 months to complete, sports a new color schemed page equipped with a bigger and brighter font, as well as new organization of links that includes exploring undergraduate majors, visiting directions, and an “I Am John Jay” video of students who were interviewed on what they like about the college.
There is also a section dedicated to social media feeds such as Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. This section displays John Jay related account’s tweets, videos from the John Jay Youtube account, and posts from the John Jay Facebook page. Some students find value in this new feature. “It’s a better way to link the students to each other,” said Corine Corbett, a senior at John Jay.
While explaining the reasoning behind the website’s new design, Rama Sudhakar, chief communications officer at the Office of Marketing and Development, said, “We needed a responsive design for our college website so it can be viewed effectively on mobile and tablet devices.”
Even though Sudhakar and her team had good intentions, there are still some problems with students navigating the new mobile design. Courtney Wail, a freshmen says, “I find the mobile version even more confusing than the desktop version. You have to think a step ahead to know where things will be.”
On the other hand, the brighter background has scored positive feedback. “It’s brighter and keeps me more awake,” said Corbett.
Another feature that is receiving positive reviews is the new email tab at the top of the page. Rochelle Walker, a sophomore says, “I like it. It makes it easier to find the email on the website now.”
In the first week of the website’s release, it experienced some problems, as was predicted by the marketing team. The site had broken links and video playback errors among other bugs that had to be worked out. As of today, these problems have been corrected, and the web page is up and running normally.
If any students are having problems with the new website, contact the Marketing Department via [email protected]
“We encourage feedback from students regarding the new website,” Sudhakar said.