Systemwide Changes Coming for Search

October 17, 2018

Google is retiring the Google Search Appliance at the end of 2018. In advance of this change, the University of Minnesota will be adopting Google’s Custom Search Engine.

We wanted to share the news of this coming update so that your units are aware that changes for online search are on the horizon. Teams from University Relations and the Office of Information Technology are working on a migration plan from Google Search Appliance to Custom Search Engine. Early testers have been identified and training and self-help resources are in development.

If you have any questions, please contact We thank you for your attention to this important update. We will have more to share in the coming weeks regarding tool functionality and what the move to the Custom Search Engine will involve for University websites.

Thank you,

Kathy Jensen, University Relations
Steve Nguyen, Collaboration & Web Content Services, OIT