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The Internet Age. The Information Age. We live in a time period where you can access information from around the world with the click of a button, where research and knowledge can be shared with anyone who would be interested, for whatever reason. Our communication system has become so advanced that news can travel around the globe within minutes of it occurring.

Why, then, are parts of Skyline College’s Web site so ridiculously outdated?

The main page and most of the important pages regarding scheduling and current events are recently and consistently updated, but as you explore deeper into the site, you’ll discover pages that have not been updated in years.

Important committees that meet monthly or weekly have been missing updates on their page this semester. The College Council’s page has not been updated since Dec. 3, 2004, and its most recent agenda was to be set for Dec. 15. The College Budget Committee has not updated since Dec. 9, the Educational Policy Committee hasn’t changed anything on its page since Sept. 15, and the Institutional Planning Committee goes back even farther, not having seen an update since May 25, 2004.

If this lack of updates is intentional-say, the groups no longer meet as regularly-or if they no longer wish to share their agendas and minutes with the public in a format such as this, they should at least take the time to change their page and inform the public. A Web page is a major part of a group’s public image; if the page looks sloppy and out of date, it reflects negatively on those who maintain it. Web surfers seeking information deserve to be let known of the reasons that the page is not up to date.

Aside from the various college councils, department pages are also out of date. Ironically, the history department’s page is as old as some of its subject matter, not having seen an update since Aug. 6, 2004, which is also the last update of the foreign language department. Mathematics hasn’t been updated since Dec. 26, 2003, and the English department’s page is a few days older; it hasn’t been touched since Dec. 21, 2003.

It is critical that these pages are updated at the start of the semester to include changes to class schedules to keep them accurate. Even if the schedules have not changed, the timestamp on the page needs to reflect that the page contains the most recent information so those looking for important class-related information won’t be left out in the cold, unsure if what they’re looking at is still relevant to what they want to know.

With the amount of information that is shared through flyers, memos, catalogs, and other media, it would not be overly complicated to cut and paste updated information to the World Wide Web so that all may share in our wealth of information. The Internet is such a wonderful tool, and the way of communication for the future; our presence there should be one to be proud of.