WMU News

WMU Web is topic of open forum Wednesday

Oct. 6, 2005

KALAMAZOO--What changes would you like to see made to WMU's Web sites?

Strengths and weaknesses of Western Michigan University's Web presence will be discussed in an open forum at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center. All members of the campus and Kalamazoo-area communities are invited to attend and express their opinions.

Wednesday's open forum is part of two days of meetings on campus by Michael Stoner and other representatives from mStoner, a nationally regarded consulting firm with expertise in effective use of the Web, e-mail and other new media in higher education.

In a Sept. 20 message to faculty and staff, WMU President Judith I. Bailey announced that mStoner has been retained to thoroughly assess the University's Web strategies, technologies, staffing levels and management. A report from the consultant is expected in December.

In addition to the open forum, Stoner will be meeting individually and in small groups with students, faculty, staff and senior administrators. The consultants also are reviewing the print publications and Web sites of WMU and other doctoral-research universities to determine relative strengths or weaknesses compared with peer and competitor institutions.

Questions about the evaluation of WMU's Web presence should be referred to Matt Kurz, associate vice president for university relations, at matt.kurz@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8401.

For more information about mStoner, visit www.mstoner.com.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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