Acquia Engage Awards Winners

A collaboration between KWALL, Clark University and Connective DX, the website has been recognized for innovation, usability and digital experience.

(Newport Beach, Calif. Nov 4, 2016) — KWALL, leading Web designer and developer, today announces that its client Clark University has won an Acquia Engage Award in the category of “Best in Higher Education” for its redesigned website. More than 150 entries were submitted by Acquia partners and customers, and Clark’s new site was ultimately selected as a winner from a field of 88 finalists. Web content management and digital marketing experts evaluated all entries based on visual design, functionality, integration and overall experience. Clark University’s award-winning site was a joint effort between KWALL, Clark’s leadership and Connective DX. Connective DX worked on the front end to handle the research and design of the project, and then passed the baton to KWALL to translate their vision into a technical reality using the Drupal Content Management System (CMS). KWALL’s engineers then drew on their vast technical knowledge and extensive expertise with higher ed institutions to elevate the possibilities of Drupal and push the site in innovative ways.

“Acquia’s partners and customers are working tirelessly to drive the future of digital. Together we’re helping organizations develop elegant solutions that inspire and engage audiences, and create significant value for their businesses,” said Joe Wykes, senior vice president of global channels and commerce at Acquia. “This year’s honorees are working closely with Acquia to not only execute on today’s opportunities, but to also lay the groundwork for success in the world of tomorrow. We congratulate the finalists and winners, as their work continues to affirm that Acquia partners and customers are setting the new precedent for exceptional digital experiences.”

Clark’s redesigned website effort was launched jointly by the university’s CMO, Paula David, and CIO, Pennie Turgeon. Their vision was to create a digital journey that spans the entire student lifecycle and to transform the way in which people electronically engage with Clark. In order to achieve these objectives, Connective DX and KWALL worked to create a user-defined, content-centric experience that relied on design, messaging and storytelling to bring Clark’s mission to life. The team also focused on making the site intuitive, rich in information and easy to manage. Success was greatly amplified by the use of Acquia Lift for content and personalization. Learn more about this collaboration here.

“We’re really proud of our website redesign, and we love that we were able to digitally connect the university around a singular focus – the Clark experience,” says Pennie Turgeon, Clark University CIO. “We made design, navigation and content decisions around this desire to personalize the site for each visitor and shape it to be relevant and compelling. We’re especially thankful to KWALL for their vision and execution of the technical and design elements of the site, and to Connective DX for being a great partner in bringing our ideas to life.”

For more information about the Acquia Engage Awards, please visit engage/awards.

An overview of all the awards and accolades the KWALL team has recieved can be found here

About Clark University
Clark is on the cutting edge of higher education. A liberal arts-based research university with a distinguished academic and research pedigree, Clark is redefining higher education for the 21st century — forging robust partnerships that break down boundaries between academia and society, and more deeply attuning students’ learning experiences to the profound changes taking place in the world today.

KWALL is a leading Web development and technology company based in Newport Beach, California, Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas. The company’s team of strategic thinkers and talented technology experts provides high quality Content Management System based websites and web applications that keeps colleges and universities in control of their digital footprint. KWALL specializes in Drupal web development that showcases campus and culture as it was meant to be seen. 

About Acquia
Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Forward- thinking organizations rely on Acquia to transform the way they can engage with customers -- in a personal and contextual way, across every device and channel. Acquia provides the agility organizations need to embrace new digital business models and speed innovation and time to market. With Acquia, thousands of customers globally including the BBC, Nasdaq, Stanford University, and the Australian Government are delivering digital experiences with transformational business impact.

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