Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rio Salado Relaunches Website Using Microsoft Software

In keeping with the concept of innovation, one of its three core values, Rio Salado College has relaunched its website using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, a software product that runs Intranet and Internet sites, and allows people, teams and expertise to connect and collaborate.

“Rio Salado is showcasing its innovation and extending much deeper interaction with the community through this new site,” said Anthony Salcito, General Manager for Microsoft US Education. “The college is taking the best of Microsoft SharePoint technologies to engage and assist students, faculty, administrators, and the broader academic community in the life of the campus.”

Rio Salado is the first college in Arizona to use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server as the backbone of a public website.

Thanks to the SharePoint product, Rio Salado’s website, http://www.riosalado.edu/, has a fresh new look that makes it easier for students and prospective students to find information about the college and its online offerings.

“Using SharePoint has enabled us to create a streamlined, easy to navigate website that benefits the public as well as our students, faculty and staff,” said Edward Kelty, Vice President of Information Services at Rio Salado.

SharePoint has also benefited Rio’s eLearning system by enhancing its web portals, email systems, grade books and rosters, alerting capabilities and allows the use of multimedia, threaded discussions and more. Rio's employee portal also uses SharePoint, making communication across the college seamless and up to date.

About Rio Salado College
Rio Salado, founded in 1978, is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona. The college serves more than 60,000 students annually, more than half online, making it the “college within everyone’s reach.” Rio Salado offers general education courses as well as a variety of degree and certificate programs. For more information visit www.riosalado.edu.