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'Responsive web design' means the content responds to the device upon which it is viewed (i.e., adjusting layout and design to best display on desktops, tablets and smart phones)

titleA Visual Change Only

While the display is undergoing a significant change(see below), the process of creating, editing and managing content remains unchanged.


The USM website redesign is a collaboration between Marketing, leadership, area-specific stakeholders and IT. Our goals for this new site were to provide:

  • Relevance of home page content for prospective and current students
  • Ease of navigability for all users
  • A web experience that is mobile-friendly (the content size and formatting adjusts automatically to a device's screen size)
  • Enhanced visual appeal of web pages, in line with direction of contemporary Higher Ed web sites



  • Phase 1 (completed with Release 2.0Fall 2015) included the home page and several mission-critical associated sites focused on recruitment and retention.
  • Phases 2 and 3 will continue aspects of this work across the remainder of the site over the course of the next year.
  • Phase 2 (Summer-Fall 2016) includes all academic, administrative, project and center sites
  • Phase 3 (TBD) includes portals and other specialized sites
    • Responsive Redesign - Phase 3