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College Receives International CASE Circle of Excellence Award for Website

Screenshot of New Davidson Website Design on different screen sizes and devicesDavidson College's website redesign received a bronze award from this year's Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence awards competition. The college competed against 68 other entries in the institutional website category.

The Circle of Excellence awards are advancement's premier international awards program that recognizes the work of CASE members, acknowledging superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results. Winning programs epitomize the profession's best practices, raise standards and contribute to a growing body of knowledge about advancement.

For the 2014 awards, CASE received more than 3,000 entries for consideration in 100 categories by 629 member higher education institutions, independent schools and nonprofits from around the world.

"We are honored to receive this award from CASE. It recognizes the great work of so many individuals and departments across campus during the website redesign project," said Doug Minor, director of digital communications. "We had an amazing project team that included staff from College Relations, College Communications and Information Technology Services, with additional input and assistance from Admission and Financial Aid, Student Life, Academic Affairs, the Principal Executive Staff (PES), and a website advisory group whose membership included many faculty and staff from across campus."

Davidson's strategic partner for the redesign project was BarkleyREI whose office is based in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The redesign project kicked off in February 2012 and saw the new website launch in August 2013. The college's previous website had grown to more than 19,000 pages, which was edited down to just under 3,500 pages at launch. The site features a new Ingeniux content management system implementation and a vibrant and engaging responsive design that adjusts to the screen size of visitors on desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones. Additional information about the redesign project can be found on the college's redesign project blog.

The CASE Circle of Excellence award is just the latest received this year by College Communications for their digital communications work. In January and February, the office received a special merit award from CASE District III for the new athletic center fundraising website, and two awards from the Higher Education Marketing Report-a gold award for the college's social media hub and a bronze award for the website redesign project. The Davidson website also has been included in several "Top 20" college and university website design lists.