According to those who navigate the Internet successfully, Utah Valley State College is driving in major points with a "home page" that looks and sells as well as any professionally done project.
Access it on the World Wide Web. Address: www.uvsc.edu.Graphically pleasing as well as informative, the page that introduces the community state college does everything right - at least if you believe Micheal Mathieson, who recently keynoted the Information Technology Summit '95 in Provo.
Mathieson said Net browsers basically give nine seconds of attention to an item they come across, and if it doesn't "give away" an extensive, interesting amount of information in an easy-to-read manner, they surf on by.
UVSC's page is making waves on both counts.
It's designed to look like a notebook complete with the wire-ring binding along the back and colored plastic tabs down the side. On the cover is a color photograph of the college campus and the official logo, set against the Wolverine colors of green and gold.
Inside - get there by clicking on one of the eight color-coded tabs - is information on student life, registration, degrees available, the campus itself, costs, scheduling, even what day a particular teacher has tests.
It started with Ed Sorensen and Tom Rasmussen, both with campus computing, and Brian Harward, assistant vice president for technology services. They signed up Timothy Loveridge as the webmaster. He's in charge of making it all run on the Net
They included as many campus departments as possible - college relations, graphic arts, technical services.
Eighteeen months ago, when Sorensen began looking at putting the catalog and career guidance information into high schools and career centers electronically, "I immediately got excited about what it could do as far as distributing information at a very, very low cost. This essentially puts our catalog information into the hands of thousands of Net users for almost nothing."
"We wanted to find someone who'd already invented the wheel, but everything we saw was so fragmented and not at all appealing."
"At the same time, we didn't want to lose the student," said Harward. "We needed to know the student would be able to find his way through the information."
So, a committee of interest was formed, as many parties involved as possible and the result is a home page that others are anxious to duplicate for their schools. Since its debut in June, the college has been called consistently for more information on how they did their home page.
That's fine with the "inventors." "We think it'd be a great idea to have every college come out with something similar. We're proud of it and we'll share," said Rasmussen. "We do that between colleges."
Loveridge said he's pleased but not really surprised that people are actually using it.