Hamilton was honored for the College’s recent website redesign with a Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence gold award, the organization's top national award in that category. It received the award from among 64 entries in the website category.
The Circle of Excellence awards program recognizes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at CASE member institutions worldwide. They are judged by peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as by professionals from outside education.
The project was a joint effort of colleagues across campus, spearheaded by the College Communications Office, with design and development by Fastspot, a digital company based in Baltimore.
The judge’s report said: "This is a deep redesign offering volumes of information in a clear, clean, navigable interface that never overwhelms. From the start, the personality and mission of the institution is evident to the primary audience of potential students and parents, even in the nomenclature used for navigation. Secondary audiences are not forgotten, calls to action are clear, a consistent clarity of presentation and audience-centered design persists at all levels below the homepage. Multimedia and social media are well integrated. Search is robust and content that paints a picture of life and learning at Hamilton is provided throughout the site, such as the professor and student profiles in the content-rich areas of study section. The redesign represents good return on investment through planning, research and analytics."