Over 20-years of higher education experience.

Our higher education industry solutions.

User Research

Higher Education Change Management

We combine your business objectives and internal priorities, gathered through stakeholder discovery sessions, and the needs of your target audience. We complete first-hand research to deliver a holistic strategy aligned with the complexity of higher-education organization. This approach allows us to manage the complexities of multiple stakeholder groups while keeping the focus on the student population.

  • Discovery & Strategy
  • Branding
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • Content Migration

Higher Education Website Development

Leveraging Drupal and Acquia solutions, Northern develops an intuitive digital experience that represents the entire institution, and stays true to their unique brand and provides an intuitive user experience for prospective students.

  • Platform Migrations
  • User Experience (UX) & User Interface (UI) Design
  • Back-end & Front-end Development
  • Website QA Testing & Training
Website QA Testing & Training
Ad Management & Optimization

Higher Education Digital Marketing

Our team of performance marketing specialists understand how to leverage paid and owned channels to deliver get in front of prospective students.

  • Paid Media Management
  • Email & CRM Automation
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Conversion Rate Optimization

Digital Accessibility

For many, digital accessibility is an after-thought when it comes to digital experiences. For Northern it is foundational — we understand that for higher education, it is crucial to ensure your website is accessible by all.

  • Manual and Automated Accessibility Scans & Audits
  • Accessible-first Web Design & Development
  • Accessibility Remediation
Digital Accessibility
Hosting & DevOps

Ongoing Support

Northern has always positioned itself as a long-term strategic partner allowing higher education institutions to have confidence in the product and the team supporting them.

  • Acquia-Preferred Partner for Best In-Class Deployments of Web Security, Performance and Speed 
  • Ongoing Web Development Support & Maintenance
  • Content Training & Digital Best Practices Handbook

2021 Leader of the Pack Winner - Education

Albany Law School partnered with Northern in 2020 to develop its new digital experience. The new solution is fully accessible, mobile-first, with improved navigation and search functionality, that integrated Albany’s seven Centers using subsite functionality. 


Higher Education Case Studies

How we did it - image of pharmacist observing a medicine.
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, Digital Experience

Northern accurately represented LDFP online as a leader in its designated space through enhanced user-experience design and visual storytelling.

  • Competing audience needs.
  • User-experience; design and visual storytelling.
  • Advanced search and clean site navigation.
University of Virginia website on laptop
University of Virginia, Integrated Digital Experience

This project included upgrading twenty Drupal 7 websites to Drupal 8 Site Factory and 68 legacy site replacements through content amalgamation or deprecation.

  • 2020 Winner of WebAward for Standard of Excellence
  • 20 Websites created in less than an hour
  • 68 Websites replaced via content amalgamation
University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies website (course page)
University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies

A trio of websites with a custom middleware solution prevented search engines from crawling and indexing the University’s programs.

  • 700 Courses, 40 programs, and more than 100 certificates
  • Three Different CMS and a custom middleware solution
  • One Complex blend of Drupal and AngularJS