Checklist for SAS Academic Websites

Overview

Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences websites created by SAS IT ensure that our school websites meet all federal, university, and school policies and regulations such as those set by the Americans With Disability Act and all others that set usability requirements and security standards. It provides a coherent standardization of look, navigation, and technological functions with flexibility to meet the needs of the unit, school, and the unit’s various constituents.

In order to serve our students well, the departmental websites include a standardized section for undergraduate education information. The goal of the undergraduate website navigation is to allow students and academic advisors to move between department websites with ease, knowing where they will find the information they need.

The Office of Communications and Undergraduate Education are available to help you develop new content and images for the website. If you need assistance, please contact:

Susan Lawrence, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kara Donaldson, Associate Dean of Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SAS Undergraduate Rubric

This document will help develop an undergraduate section for degree-granting program websites.  For quick reference, see the list under "Undergraduate Menu" below.

Undergraduate Menu

Mandatory pages for undergraduate sections of SAS websites:

  • About Us or Why (major or department title)?
    Departments should choose one of these titles for their undergraduate program landing page.
  • Prospective Students
    This page should include information for prospective majors and minors. We recommend identifying program alumni or current students to feature on this page. You can send alumni and students a questionnaire (see Prospective Students Questionnaires below).
  • Learning Goals
    The most recent departmental learning goals we have on file for you can be found here.
  • Major(s)
    This is mandatory only if the department/program offers a minor.
  • Minor(s)
    This is mandatory only if the department/program offers a minor.
  • Certificates
    This is mandatory only if the department/program offers a certificate(s).
  • Course Schedule
    We provide a utility (RU Course List module) that automatically pulls course information from the Rutgers Schedule of Classes.
  • Course Synopses (preferred) OR Syllabi
    Individual synopses or syllabi should be listed for each course to give prospective students an idea of what to expect. 
    • Enhanced course description pages (or "synopses") are preferred. They should be more detailed than generic catalog descriptions. For an example, see the sample Courses Description/Synopses page.
    • Any syllabus files posted to the website should include a note to convey they are samples only and not the official course syllabus. Students enrolled in a course should refer to the official syllabus which is located in the course LMS (Canvas or Sakai).
  • Advising
    Indicate how students can get advising in your department.

Optional pages for undergraduate sections of SAS websites:

  • Honors
  • Transfer Students
    Include any special information about policies on accepting winter and summer courses taken elsewhere.
  • Nontraditional Students
  • Careers
  • Any additional menu items would follow "Careers"

Prospective Students Questionnaires

This page should include information for prospective Rutgers students and majors and minors. We recommend identifying program alumni or current students to feature on this page. You can send alumni and students a questionnaire. There are four sections to this page: the student and young alum feature; the benefits of choosing this field of study; featured student/alum, usually a story from SAS Communications; and three to four fun bullet points about the field. See content sheet and Prospective Students Questionnaires below.

School of Arts and Sciences Identity Policy

Unifying the visual identity of the School of Arts and Sciences is an important step in forging our presence at Rutgers and in branding the school beyond the university’s walls. Our identity solidifies our connection to the larger enterprise and our distinctive role in it, while presenting alumni, policymakers, prospective donors, and future students with a clear and strong message of the breadth and depth of our productivity and potential.
Read more about the School of Arts and Sciences Visual Identity Policy