2014-15 T&C Annual Report

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The Division of Technology & Communication is pleased to share its annual report for the 2014-15 fiscal year for your review:

View the 2014-15 Annual Report (in PDF format)

We are deeply grateful to T&C staff, campus leadership, and the University community for their ongoing support in creating a technology environment that enhances the educational experience and University operations at CI.

Google Releases Security Update for Chrome

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Google has released Chrome version 45.0.2454.85 to address multiple vulnerabilities for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary update.

Welcome back!

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We hope you had a great summer!

T&C had a fun and busy summer too:

  • We completed some major network upgrades to make our wired and wireless network access faster and more reliable than ever.
  • We set up classrooms and deployed over 300 new computers to our newest campus classroom and lab space: Sierra Hall.
  • We made it easier to find campus events by adding CampusQuad to the goCI mobile app.
  • We've made it possible for CI students & employees to get Microsoft Office for free.

Are you a first time CI student or a new CI employee? Check out the New to CI page to familiarize yourself with the full range of services that are available to you.

If you have any technology questions, feel free to contact the T&C Help Desk at 805-437-8552 or email helpdesk@csuci.edu.

We wish you a fun-filled fall 2015 term, and let us know if there's anything we can do to improve your experience at CI.


Peter Mosinskis
Director of IT Strategy
CSU Channel Islands

Microsoft Office now free for CI students & employees

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We're pleased to announce that CI has begun providing Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for all faculty, staff and students at no cost via the Microsoft Campus Advantage program. 

This agreement between CI and Microsoft allows us to provide current CI students, faculty, and staff with the latest full version of Microsoft Office on their home computers. Included in the Office 365 Pro Plus offering is a 1TB OneDrive for personal file storage needs. 

To get the software and begin using Office 365, you'll need to register yourself via the Office365 Portal provided by Microsoft. Start by using the link below

Because Microsoft's software is provided directly to you for your home computer or device, support for this product will be provided directly from Microsoft. While the T&C Help Desk can answer general questions, they cannot assist you with the configuration of your personally-owned computer or device.  CI does provide free self-paced, video-based training on Microsoft Office for CI students & employees through Lynda.com

Also, please note that it is not appropriate to store confidential university data in Microsoft OneDrive. 

Have further questions? Please contact the T&C Help Desk at helpdesk@csuci.edu or call 805-437-8852.

Happy birthday, dear web site!

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Our little darling just turned one! On Saturday, August 15, CI's mobile-friendly responsive web site celebrated its first birthday, and we sure are proud of it.

It's been a great first year, and here's what we have to show for it:

13% increase in pageviews of the CI web site overall
27% increase in pageviews of the About CI page
41% increase in pageviews of the Academics page
65% increase in pageviews of the Visit Campus and campus tours pages
69% increase in pageviews of the main Admissions page (Admissions & Costs)
145% increase in pageviews across all Admissions pages
468% increase in pageviews across all tuition and fees pages
1421% increase in pageviews of the Student Life page

...and other significant increases across academic and administrative web sites...

...and a 29% decrease in our bounce rate across all primary CI web site properties...

...and a 39% decrease in exit percentage across all primary CI web site properties.

What do all these stats mean? They mean that more people are visiting the CI web site, and people are engaging more deeply with our web content.

If that wasn't enough, our web site was also recognized with 3 awards:

2014 Collegiate Advertising Awards Silver Winner in Website Design
2015 CASE District VII Award of Excellence (Bronze) for Institutional Web Sites (PDF)
30th Annual Education Advertising Awards Merit Award for www.csuci.edu 

Not too bad for a young university in Camarillo!

Since we launched, we've continued to make incremental improvements. Some highlights include:

  1. Establishing a rapid, rotating refresh cycle for the banner images on the CI home page.
  2. Changing the home page banners from static images to clickable images. We'll be keeping track of how this change in functionality increases our visitor interaction.
  3. Working closely with our Enrollment Management team to develop and deploy a new consolidated "Calendars" page, which combines events, important dates and deadlines for prospective and incoming students.
  4. Integrating new videos to help prospective students, parents and visitors to get to know CI.
  5. Migrating all but 3 of our academic program web sites to our new mobile-friendly, responsive web site design, including subsequent re-designs of the AnthropologyChicana/o Studies, and Nursing web sites.
  6. Upgrading our Google Analytics to use Google Tag Manager to help us better manage our web analytics. 
There's still a lot more that's in progress:
  • Migration of our GivingExtended University and Library web sites to our new mobile-friendly, responsive design
  • An updated electronic campus tour and viewbook
  • Updates to the Housing and Dining web sites
  • Migration of CI-developed web applications that are still using our legacy web framework.
How did we get here? A fantastic team of web professionals and student assistants worked with our entire campus community to turn ideas into reality, and our strategic partner Stamats helped us to identify and document an effective and long-lasting web and social media strategy. Check out last year's web site preview for more detail about the principles that guided the creation of our web site.

Please join me in celebrating the 1st birthday of the new CI web site, and I encourage you to share any comments or suggestions in the comments here (or via email to peter.mosinskis@csuci.edu).

Apple patches security flaws with new versions of iOS, OS X

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Apple has packed patches for dozens of security flaws into the new versions of its iOS and OS X operating systems.

The company noted Tuesday in a security advisory that just-released version 8.4 of the iOS mobile operating system contains more than 20 fixes for vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution, application termination and the interception of encrypted traffic, among other issues.

Read more about these updates here.

Updated T&C web site

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We're pleased to announce that on Monday, June 29, the Division of Technology & Communication web site re-launched with an updated look and feel. Thanks to the Web Services team, the new T&C web site uses CI's new mobile-friendly, responsive web framework to make it easier to navigate on smartphones and tablets.

The new design also integrates a T&C-specific "search" bar on all pages of the site.

Feel free to contact Peter Mosinskis, Director of IT Strategy at peter.mosinskis@csuci.edu with any comments, questions or suggestions for the new site.