Survey Summary: Use of Portals in the Academic World


The results of the survey show that portals have received wide-spread attention in the academic world. Among those colleges who adopted the portals, over half of them have both vertical and horizontal portals and selected Blackboard and JA-SIG uPortal software. The results also show that these portals mainly serve the needs of internal users by displaying campus wide information. The content of the portals in most schools is the joint responsibility of the IS/IT department, Academic Office and Student Affairs. Integration and single logon are rated as the biggest challenges of implementing the portals. The results indicate that about one third of the schools have formally evaluated their portals.

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