The Division of French & Italian Studies was the first site developed in the Department Web Framework, a content management system tailored to meet the needs of academic units in the College. After extensive research and planning, including conversations with stakeholders, online surveys, focus groups, and analysis of web stats, we developed the Department Web Framework to better serve the needs of both the people visiting the websites and the departmental staff responsible for managing the content.
Consistent information architecture across all the department framework sites helps visitors find what they're looking for. Staff can update the sites through the web browser, without having to know HTML or use special software. Many tools were developed to simplify the editing process. Course listings can be imported directly from the Time Schedule, and faculty and graduate students can submit research and manage their own profiles. Each site's appearance can be completely customized to reflect the culture and personality of the unit.