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NCDAE: The National Center on Disability and Access to Education

Introduction to the GOALS Project

NCDAE is proud to lead a grant effort sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The project, Gaining Online Accessible Learning through Self-Study (GOALS) will capitalize on the products of an existing GOALS project and focus on motivations of top administrators to choose to engage in self-study and continuous improvement on web accessibility. This information will then help the GOALS partners to create blueprints that will help promote adoption of institutional web accessibility in higher education.

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Recommended Practice Resources

Just beginning the process? Here are some useful resources that will get you started in the right direction. View the Indicators for Institutional Web Accessibility document for more detailed information.

GOALS Blueprint for Institutional Web Accessibility
This blueprint will guide you through several key phases of implementing institutional accessibility.

Indicator #1: Institutional Vision and Leadership Commitment

Institution-wide web accessibility is best attained and sustained when there is leadership to support institution-wide vision and commitment toward accessibility.

View Indicator 1 resources

Indicator #2: Planning and Implementation

Web accessibility requires strategic planning. Administrators must establish policies and procedures along with a systematic plan to develop, institute, and maintain web accessibility.

View Indicator 2 resources

Indicator #3: Resources and Support

Administrators must provide the resources necessary to implement the web accessibility plan with provisions to ensure that the system will remain accessible.

View Indicator 3 resources

Indicator #4: Assessment

Ongoing assessment is necessary to ensure that your web accessibility plan is working and on track. Processes must be in place to measure progress.

View Indicator 4 resources

Benchmarking and Planning Tool

Learn how the GOALS Benchmarking and Planning Tool can help your institution’s online presence become more accessible.

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Accreditation Resources

The GOALS Consortium is working to identify ways in which web accessibility is, or could be, expressed in regional accreditation materials. The following materials have been developed by GOALS in conjunction with consortium partner SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools- Commission on Colleges) to assist institutions in finding ways to capitalize on their accessibility efforts while working toward reaffirmation of accreditation.

Web Accessibility and Accreditation: A Blueprint for Regional Agencies
This blueprint can be used by regional accreditors to introduce web accessibility into their documents and processes, assist review committees in assessing institutional web accessibility, and aid them in providing support for their constituents.

Accreditation Resources

FIPSE Funded

FIPSE logoThe GOALS Project is made possible by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. The contents of this document do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.