Visits and Conversations with the Designer – mStoner

In September, mStoner, the design team that has partnered with Omni Update for BCC’s website design met with various constituencies (in-person and via teleconference) to discuss needs, wants and expectations for the new site. Below are the groupings of individuals:

  • Project Team
  • Executive Council
  • Admissions
  • Student Services
  • Student Government
  • Advancement/Institutional Research
  • Faculty
  • Workforce Development
  • Public Relations/Graphics/Web
  • Administration & Finance
  • Library
  • Information Technology

From those conversations, mStoner began drafting a Website Strategy Document. The document is intended to set the foundation and objectives for the new site. While the document does contain detail on some of the homepage navigation, features that will be incorporated, recommendations to implement an efficient, effective site, and a timeline, it will not provide micro-level detail about staff, faculty, or program pages. The intent is to showcase the site’s macro objectives which will ultimately lead to design and navigation.

After several iterations, the document has been vetted by the Website Committee and BCC’s Executive Council. Now, the committee seeks further input from the campus. We invite you to read the document and send any comments, questions or feedback to Christina Barrett at cbarrett@berkshirecc.edu. Additionally, we will offer two sessions where staff, faculty, students and other stakeholders can discuss the information and strategies outlined in the document, provide feedback, or get their questions answered. The sessions will be held:

Tuesday, December 10th at 12:15 PM in room H219
Tuesday, December 17th at 12:15 PM in room H219

Members of the committee and Executive Council will be in attendance.

From RFP to Vendor Selection

In February 2013, BCC developed a request for proposal (RFP) for the redesign of the institution’s website. In the proposal, the college also requested that all bids include a web content management system (CMS). The design of the site is meant to extend BCC’s brand through creative, compelling, engaging, and consistent page designs. The CMS will enable college faculty and staff to create, edit, and publish content on the BCC website. Nineteen submissions were received by the March 28, 2013 deadline. Using the following criteria, the Website Committee reviewed each submission thoroughly.

  • Value with respect to the responsiveness of the RFP, quality of the product
  • Firm reputation
  • Relevant experience/references
  • Product implementation and support, including migration and training
  • Total cost, including training, maintenance and fees
  • Required forms
  • Prompt pay discount

Out of the 19, three vendors were invited to visit campus on May 16, 17 and 24th to deliver two demonstration sessions.

Hannon Hill – www.berkshirecc.edu/HannonHillresponse
MRW Connected – www.berkshirecc.edu/MRWresponse
Omni Update – www.berkshirecc.edu/OmniUpdateResponse

In addition to the live demonstrations,  each vendor’s visit was videoed for those who were unable to attend the session.  Below are links to the submissions from the three vendors who visited campus for demonstrations. Feedback forms were made available to attendees as well as anyone viewing the videos and were reviewed by the committee.

Hannon Hill – http://bit.ly/BCCHannonHillZ
MRW Connected – http://bit.ly/BCCMRWConnected
Omni Update – http://bit.ly/BCCOmniUpdate

Upon analysis of the feedback received, the Website Committee unanimously recommended OmniUpdate to BCC’s executive council as the vendor for the Website Redesign.