The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Institutionals Web Accessibility Facilitated by GOALS Project

CPD's Project

In order to ensure that all individuals are able to participate fully in postsecondary settings, the complete educational institution web presence needs to be accessible. This requires administrative support and system-wide effort. Many institutional mission statements support web accessibility in postsecondary education, but have not incorporated web accessibility into their institutional plan.

The GOALS (Gaining Online Accessible Learning through Self-Study) Project has addressed this issue by developing a set of materials designed to assist administrators and institutional leaders in understanding the importance of web accessibility and developing an action plan for their institution to follow.

These tools include the following:
1.)    Action Paper:  Leading the Charge:  Ensuring Your Institution’s Web Presence Works for Everyone.  This paper outlines the need for accessible web content in education and issues a call for action on the part of institutional administrators.  

2.)    Best Practice Indicators for Institutional Web Accessibility.  Includes four indicators defined by a series of benchmarks and the evidence of each benchmark as the basis for a web-based audit tool suitable for institutional self-study and reporting.

3.)    GOALS Benchmarking and Planning Tool. Online tool for institutional administrator use in assessing their current web accessibility. This document provides a framework for planning and implementing web accessibility across an organization and draws from best practices in the field today.

The GOALS Benchmarking and Planning Tool is currently being field-tested and will be available in the fall of 2010 after a second round of field-testing has been completed.

The Action Paper and Indiccators tools can be viewed on the GOALS website.