New updates to Eastern Michigan University's website

Increased search functionality and improved compatibility with mobile devices highlight list of recent enhancements

by Geoff Larcom, Published February 12, 2014


Several enhancements were made to the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) website at by the Integrated Content team within the EMU Division of Communications.

"These enhancements free up precious screen real estate and provide increased functionality on touch screens and mobile devices," said Darcy Gifford, Executive Director, Integrated Content. "They are based upon best practices, user feedback, comparative user interface research and web analytics data."

The following is a list of recent web enhancements:

Quick Links

Links that were once located along the top right of the site (i.e., Calendars, Maps & Directions, Parents, Faculty & Staff, Contacts, EagleMail and My.emich) have been grouped into a single drop-down menu named Quick Links. The drop-down menu is touch screen compatible.

Single Search Box

No longer will users need to select a button to limit their search results. A single search box now allows for search results from all EMU webpages along with the EMU Online Directory. Users are now presented with a single search results page that delineates web and directory content. This marks the first time users of will be able to search the web and EMU Online Directory from their smart phones or mobile devices.

Degrees & Programs Search

Users can now discover degrees and programs offered in the EMU online catalog via a new Degrees & Programs webpage. Users can search both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs by keyword or limit their search by college, department, degree type and more.

The social media icons at the bottom of the page have been increased in size along with the incorporation of two new icons that link to and the official EMU mobile app.

Make a Gift Button

A prominent Make a Gift button has been added to the bottom of the page. Users who click the link will be taken to the EMU Foundation homepage.

Other enhancements include:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these enhancements, please contact Darcy Gifford at 734.487.5375 or email at

Geoff Larcom


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