New Web site Features Improved Navigation, Enriched Content and New sections for Parents and College Preparation. Also Blog, Facebook and Twitter
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) Scholarship Advisement Program (SAP) has unveiled a major upgrade of its Internet Web site and online presence at www.choctawnation-sap.com. The update is much more than a cosmetic facelift according to SAP staff. It’s a major communication boost that meets the needs of SAP’s dramatic growth over the past three years. In addition to its enriched content, SAP’s new Web site also provides access to a trio of new social media communication tools including a Web log (blog) at http://choctawsap.blogspot.com as well as a Facebook page and Twitter.
The new Web site nearly triples the content of SAP’s original site and includes a new section for college preparation and a new section strictly for parents. College Preparation features nine separate pages dealing with topics ranging from college entrance test preparation to tips on college selection. A new Parents section offers link-filled pages on resources, finances, planning and a page titled “Free Money,” that helps parents access and use SAP’s custom-built online scholarship database.
SAP was formed in 2006 to fight discouragingly high college dropout rates in the Choctaw Nation (a problem common to Native Americans). SAP’s mission: Focus on college preparation and retention for Choctaw students. From its beginning in 2006, SAP has grown to more than 3,000 enrolled student members and nearly as many actively involved parents. The combination of students, parents and others interested in SAP has led to dramatic increases in the progam’s Web traffic.
In the two years since it first launched its Web site, SAP’s web traffic has increased by 180 percent in visits and more than 85 percent in page views and visitation time. Today SAP’s Web site receives more than 3,000 visits per month. An average visitor spends nearly eight minutes on the site browsing five different pages. The growth in SAP’s online newsletter has been equally dramatic. Nearly 13,000 now receive SAP News, the bi-weekly online newsletter of the Scholarship Advisement Program.
SAP’s revised website can be found at the same URL address: www.choctawnation-sap.com. In addition to the new sections for college preparation and parents, the new SAP Web site includes a long list of other new pages, listings and updated or expanded topics:
- Peer Advisors
- College Partners
- Favorite Web links
- Other Choctaw Youth Programs
- ACT Test Preparation, Schedules, and Workshops
- College Selection Guide
- College Planning Timeline
- College Counseling
- Summer programs
- Resume Building
- Online Newsletter Signup
- News Archive
- Facebook, Twitter, and blog links
- How to donate to SAP
- Friends of SAP
- Contact SAP