The Clayman Institute for Gender Research approached Chapter Three with a common problem for most university websites: their website had a fractured and disorienting information architecture paired with an outdated inflexible design. They needed a new site that encapsulated their modern, forward-thinking nature.
Open Academy is an easy to use Drupal product from Chapter Three specifically designed to create university department websites. Over the past few years, we have worked closely with the nation's leading universities - including Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU, USC, and UCSF - to help them build great Drupal websites. We now distilling down that knowledge down and offering it as a fully functional Drupal 7 powered "Departmental Website in a Box" package. Open Academy is currently being refined in a closed alpha/beta with an initial group of users, but will be rolling out more widely this summer. If you are interested in participating in our beta process, sign-up for our beta-list and follow @chapter_three for more updates.
As a best practice departmental website, Open Academy lets you quickly and simply create a new departmental website by entering some basic information about your site in our installation wizard which sets everything up for you. For starters, we baked in critical functionality around departmental news, faculty profiles, publications and presentations, events and calendaring, courses, resources and links, video, social media, and degrees and programs.
In addition, we have built in a state of the art administration dashboard, basic SEO rules, WYSIWYG editing functionality, 508 Accessibility Compliance, and drag-and-drop page layout from the always amazing Panels module. All of this has been developed on a cleanly extendible Drupal 7 install profile with Features-based, Kit Compliant functionality and a well documented starter theme you can modify and extend to meet your particular needs.