We’re a Hit!

Celebrating the first anniversary of a new “5.0” redesign, the CUNY website —www.cuny.edu — has increased traffic by more than fifty percent to a record 1.64 million unique visitors per month.  The CUNY website has now become the second most searched site on Google in the New York metropolitan area, according to Google Zeitgeist’s annual survey of web search trends. In March  2011, the site also produced a record 6.6 million page “hits” or pageviews. Among the most visited pages were the homepage, the portal log, admissions related pages and employment and job search pages.  Along with providing vital services to faculty and students, the site, which is managed by the Office of University Relations, is also becoming a favorite for lifelong learners.  Lectures and public discussions on the campuses, collected and edited via CUNY Radio, account for approximately 30,000 downloads a month from visitors. Recent fare have included “The Internet Road to Revolution,” first-hand accounts by CUNY Study Abroad students of the central role social media is playing in the Arab Spring; “An Evening With…” New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller; and CUNY Lectures by CCNY physicist Michio Kaku and Louisa May Alcott biographer Susan Cheever.