The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University
 

Gaining Online Accessible Learning through Self-study 2

Project Details

Project Context
The Internet has transformed education today. Unfortunately many students, faculty, and staff members with disabilities are unable to access educational opportunities and services because they are not always able to gain access to Web-based content. Many resources, tools, and models of system reform for postsecondary education currently exist, yet the problem persists. This project proposes an innovative solution to an issue of inequity, widely felt in postsecondary education.

Project Focus
This project builds on the products of an existing FIPSE-funded project and focuses on motivating top administrators to choose to engage in self-study and continuous improvement on web accessibility.

Project products/services
The GOALS project will:
1. Develop two important blueprints: Blueprint for Aligning Institutional Web Accessibility with Regional Accreditation, and Blueprint to Support Institutional Adoption
2. Disseminate information and materials to regional accreditation entities and higher ed institutions
3. Increase institutional adoption of web accessibility

To achieve this, a 6-member consortium will work together to secure a minimum of 45 institutions to utilize the materials and to plan for sustainability. The Consortium leader is the National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE). The other 5 Consortium members are: (1) the regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; (2) the regional compact, the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education; (3) an education collaborative, the Southern Regional Education Board; (4) the Michigan Community Colleges Association; and (5) WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind).

A rigorous plan for formative and summative evaluation with a minimum of 45 postsecondary settings will ensure that project materials produce the intended results. Sustainability will be built into the fabric of the project and aggressive dissemination will focus on adoption of project materials in postsecondary settings and with accrediting entities.