News release Ricardo Duran

CalSTRS Launches Redesigned Website
New, easy-to-navigate site is loaded with valuable information encouraging visitors to learn more about CalSTRS plan design, retirement benefits, investment portfolio and long-term plan funding.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) recently unveiled a redesigned and improved website, www.CalSTRS.com. The website’s new design offers California’s educators, stakeholders and the public improved access to CalSTRS benefits and services information. The improved site also reflects the organization’s focus on investments, corporate governance and sustainability, and plan funding issues.

CalSTRS.com is critical to the organization’s communication efforts with its members, beneficiaries, stakeholders, the media and the public. The last significant refresh of the website took place in 2003. Over the past decade, the content had been incrementally updated but the basic structure, branding and navigational format remained unchanged.

CalSTRS’ business plan called for a thorough redesign of the site to coincide with its 100-year anniversary in 2013. CalSTRS staff recognized the importance of bringing the site up-to-date with current Web technology, design and a powerful content management system.

“The new CalSTRS.com is a more vital tool for our members, their employers and the public to reach the information and services they’re looking for faster, easier and with a more appealing look. We expect it will become a springboard for more exploration of all that CalSTRS has to offer,” said CalSTRS Chief Executive Officer Jack Ehnes.

The site’s clean design features various navigation tools to help visitors quickly and conveniently find what they are looking for, along with a robust search feature. Information has been organized into seven key areas: Members, Employers, Investments, Corporate Governance, Newsroom, Plan Funding and About Us. Clicking on one of these terms reveals a list of all the topics housed in that particular section. From there, visitors can click on the links containing the information they are seeking.

“The site’s unique design is a departure from the previous CalSTRS.com in that the home page is clean and organized, with many more navigation-centric tools in place to better meet our visitors’ needs. We expect the new site will become the single resource for our users to stay informed with the dynamic topics of their retirement benefits, our investment portfolio and performance, public pension reform and the long-term CalSTRS funding strategy,” said CalSTRS Director of Communications Krista Noonan.

A live demonstration of the new website was provided at the February meeting of the Teachers’ Retirement Board. Visitors are also encouraged to explore a brief video tour of the new website by clicking on the link posted at the top of every page on CalSTRS.com.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $157.8 billion as of December 31, 2012, is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of traditional defined benefit, cash balance and voluntary defined contribution plans, as well as disability and survivor benefits. For 100 years, CalSTRS has served California’s public school educators and their families, who today number 856,000 from the state’s 1,600 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.

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