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Wofford’s virtual tour recognized in top 10 nationally

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2008-10-03

CASE Currents magazine selects campus guide as #6

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College’s interactive map on its Web site, www.wofford.edu/map, is recognized in the October issue of CASE Currents magazine as one of the top 10 college virtual tours in the country. The college’s campus map guide came in at number 6.

“We are always striving to make the user experience, especially for prospective and incoming first-year students, as friendly and as useful as possible,” says Kyle James, Wofford’s Webmaster. “Interaction is very important, so whenever possible we have included video and photographs in the virtual tour, in addition to written descriptions of locations on our campus. We’re very proud to be included in CASE’s publication.” James and assistant Webmaster Brian Jinwright are part of the college’s Office of Communications and Marketing.

CASE Currents is published by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the professional organization for advancement professionals at colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and education associates throughout the world.

For the article, titled “Virtually Yours,” written by Brenda Foster and Jenny Hoffman, staff members for the marketing firm GCF, who have tracked trends in college Web sites for the past eight years, “set out to discover what online admissions audiences wanted to see in an institution’s virtual tour. Using US News & World Report’s list of “America’s Best Colleges 2008,” the staff selected 100 institutions (73 private and 27 public) based on categories within that list. After exploring all 100 Web sites and taking the available tours, GCF staff members narrowed down the list to the top 10, based on the input of a college intern and the staff’s experience surveying college Web sites. They then invited 10 high school students, both juniors and seniors, to take the top 10 tours and share their thoughts. The result was this Top 10 Online Tours:

1. Agnes Scott College (Georgia)
2. Texas Christian University
3. Dakota State University (South Dakota)
4. Macalester College (Minnesota)
5. University of South Carolina-Aiken
6. Wofford College
7. Hendrix College (Arkansas)
8. College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts)
9. Allegheny College (Pennsylvania)
10. Villanova University (Pennsylvania)