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New graduate catalog goes online

Nov. 9, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University launched a new Web-based graduate catalog earlier this week that is completely searchable by program, course and other criteria, any time from anywhere with Internet access.

"A similar Web-based version of our undergraduate catalog went online in July," says Registrar Barbara T. McKinney," and we will no longer publish paper versions of either catalog."

The Web-based catalogs, which will be updated each year in May, will completely replace the paper catalogs that had been published every two years.

Both catalogs are available at www.wmich.edu/catalog. Visitors who go to that page will automatically see the current undergraduate catalog. The current graduate catalog can be selected in a drop-down menu in the upper right-hand portion of the page. In coming years, past editions of both catalogs will be available through the same drop-down menu.

There are many advantages of the e-catalogs over paper versions. Students and others are able to find what they want much more quickly than by repeatedly referring to an index in the back of a paper publication. With the Web version, users can initiate a new search from any page.

The Web catalogs include a feature that allows any user to save information on a particular program or other listing to a personal portfolio for future use, and all information is formatted for easy printing.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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