Poor communication delays new gwu.edu

GW hopes to unveil its new Web site within a month after communication problems led to some unforeseen critique, the University’s chief information officer for technology said.

“We haven’t killed it. We’re simply going to refine it and get it out there,” said Dave Swartz, CIO of Information Systems and Services.

Swartz said the originally scheduled launch last Friday was postponed after senior GW officials asked for changes at a meeting between vice presidents and that designers.

Swartz declined to elaborate on specific problems with the site or who complained. Areas for possible improvement include student services, campus activities, alumni and recruitment, he said.

“We should have gotten more information from the VP,” Swartz said.

Swartz said the changes could take as long as a month to make.

“I don’t think it’s going to be long, because I don’t think there are major changes that need to be made,” he said.

Some vice presidents never had a chance to view the site before last week, said Francesco de Leo, manager of GW’s Interactive Multimedia Applications Group.

Officials thought the Web site “was a major step forward” but not ready to go live, he said.

Technology officials said the site will provide better integration with the new GWeb portal released last summer. It will incorporate the new GW logo, fit all screen sizes and feature a blue background.

The Hatchet has disabled comments on our website. Learn more.