Black Antelope has been working with educational institutions (higher-ed as well as K-12) since the beginning. We have designed and built feature-rich websites for many academic departments as well as larger colleges, often times including separate logged-in user interfaces for student, faculty and staff.
While every institution has its own needs and priorities, we’ve become efficient in dealing with the most common functionality requirements such as LDAP connectivity, class management and downloadable schedules, and ADA Section 508 compliance.
For many higher-education projects we’ve used Drupal, which is open-source and provides ample flexibility for any EDU project. For larger builds such as a college that may have a growing number of departments within it, Drupal and Drupal-specific hosting platforms make it super easy to deploy new departmental websites with ease. All department sites can even pull from the same codebase to provide a consistent structure, in which case any improvement to one department site can be taken advantage of by any or all of the other ones. For departmental sites, Drupal’s powerful system of taxonomies and node relationships make it really easy to implement obvious things such as related publications on faculty pages.
Standardized solutions are key to project success, especially in environments like universities that are dynamic but require stability. We’re excited to bring our technical expertise to the table and assist educators as they expand both their web presence and technical toolbox.