We decided upon Drupal because it excels at:
We will be incorporating a responsive design approach on the university site. Responsive Web design is an approach where the design and development of a site respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. As the user switches from their laptop to iPad to smartphone, the website automatically switches to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities. Here is a great article on responsive design on Smashing Magazine website.
Our plan is to create a dynamic campus map using the google API. This will allow us to not only provide a layered map of campus and directions, but also use it to show a global view of our Research, Academics and Outreach endeavors.
Our initial roll out of combining website and people searches is just the first phase of enhancing our search capabilities. We will continue our efforts to streamline the search functionality to include advance searches for specific content.
We will be revamping the current A to Z to integrate better with our new Drupal environment. This will give us more flexibility on how we collect, maintain, find and display our listing.