Northeastern University is embarking on a strategic cross-functional initiative to replace the current myNEU portal with an experience that provides an enhanced, more social, and up-to-date experience. This project is an opportunity for Northeastern to holistically approach the online experience for all community members, as it is the first, and longest lasting, ‘touchpoint’ during one’s time at the university. Additionally, replacing the myNEU portal is a chance for Northeastern to provide a platform that is flexible, agile, and more tailored to those that use it.
Replace the existing myNEU experience to provide a social, personalized, customizable, integrated, and cohesive action oriented experience for the user that guides them through their entire lifecycle at Northeastern.
- An evolution from myNEU, which is a legacy platform, to a modern experience that provides a personalized customer journey.
- An integrated and cohesive experience for the user that guides them through their entire lifecycle at Northeastern (Admitted students, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents, Alumni, etc.).
- An experience that can be delivered to “any device, any time, any where”.
- A social experience that enables interaction between community members.
The myNEU portal was launched in 2002 as a centralized location to provide one stop shopping for collaboration and transactions. Over time, it has become a secure and efficient center for transactional processing, and there is a need to evolve it to a center for collaboration and engagement with defined content strategy for the user experience.
The myNEU portal was initially created using technology built pre-Facebook, pre-social media revolution, pre-smartphone, pre-tablet and pre-online streaming video sites. There is an opportunity to have a new online destination that leverages the latest technology to provide a satisfactory experience to customers.
At the same time, customer expectations have changed; today, customers expect a mobile/responsive, dynamic user experience that is more visually engaging, and that is customizable and personalized. The existing portal will be enhanced to be more user-friendly, providing the customer direct, easy, and searchable access to the information they deem important.
Northeastern University today operates on a global scale with multiple graduate campuses in the United States and Canada, international coops, study abroad programs and global research opportunities. All of these areas encompass one Northeastern, and a new portal will support the experience and connections across the world.
Students, faculty, staff, and all other stakeholders are encouraged to submit feedback to myNEUfeedback@neu.edu. Feedback will be compiled on a regular basis and presented to the various members of the project team involved with the development of a new customer experience platform.
March 2016 – Functional Team Kickoff
April 2016 – Discovery Phase
May 2016 – RFI sent to potential vendors
More updates coming soon.