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Community College Web Accessibility:
Field Initiated Development Project

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Community College Web Accessibility:
Field Initiated Development Project


In collaboration with the Institute for Community College Development (ICCD) at Cornell University, the Yang-Tan Institute is taking an in-depth look at the accessibility of major on-line student processes and developing tools to assist colleges with the process of improving the accessibility of those processes for students with disabilities. Specifically we are examining the online admissions application process, applying for financial aid via the web as well as finding important programmatic information on college websites.

Project Activities

This three year project is using a multi-pronged approach to examine the state of web accessibility in the community college network and identify IT accessibility barriers for students with disabilities and ways to address them. During Year One, the project team performed an accessibility review of selected online application processes in 30 community colleges. This review included both automated testing as well as several levels of manual testing and user testing for accessibility and usability. The focus of the Year Two research will be a telephone survey across all community colleges nationally regarding use of web-based/online student recruitment, application, and registration processes and the colleges' awareness of web accessibility issues and policies regarding accessibility.

Based on the findings of the Years One and Two activities, informational briefs detailing the study's findings and recommendations for systems change will be designed and disseminated to key representatives in the national community college network through the networks of the ICCD and the NIDRR-funded ADA Centers. The proposed dissemination products are the study's accessibility and usability web audit protocol, and a toolkit for Community College administrators which will contain findings and recommendations for effective community college systems change to promote increased accessibility to web-based student processes.

About the Project

Funding Agency

U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Principal Investigator

Susanne Bruyere

Collaborating Partners

Institute for Community College Development (ICCD)
The Institute for Community College Development provides educational and professional development opportunities for current or future administrators and faculty members of community colleges and of their peer institutions in the United States and around the world.
The Galvin Group, LLC
The Galvin Group provides consultation, technical assistance, policy analysis and training on issues surrounding disability and rehabilitation.


Contact Us

William Erickson, Project Manager
201 Dolgen Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853

Telephone: 607-255-1540
Fax: 607-255-2763
TTY: 607-255-2891
Email: wae1@cornell.edu

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