Faculty talks website control

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Representatives from TCU’s Faculty Senate have been invited to join the university’s website design committee, but that might not be enough some faculty said.

The Faculty Senate’s executive committee wants final say on the redesign as it has already drawn some criticism .  However, the marketing and communication department, which is in charge of the site overhaul, has suggested a web design review committee to work with them instead.

The committee would include representatives from the Faculty Senate, the Staff Assembly, the Student Government Association and the Graduate Student Senate, according to an email from Tracy Syler-Jones, vice chancellor for marketing and communication.

But faculty members at last week’s Faculty Senate meeting said they want final say, not shared authority.

“How can we reasonably expect students – whether undergraduate or graduate or staff – to understand or appreciate faculty website needs,” asked Ted Legatski, faculty senate chair.

Legatski said having representatives from all the different groups would cause too much debate and wouldn’t create the best solution.

The university’s new website design debuted over the summer. It’s meant to create a consistent visual design that incorporates the TCU brand, according to an email from Holly Ellman, associate director of strategic communications management. The sites are supposed to better promote TCU and improve navigation, she said.

However, at the first faculty senate meeting of the semester, faculty from several different departments complained that information was lacking and in some cases, TCU was likely losing applicants.

Legatski said Faculty Senate would participate in the committee, but that the push for control would continue.

“It is not settled,” Legatski said. “Not in my mind or the mind of the executive committee.”