GOALS is working with consortium partner SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools- Commission on Colleges) to create resources in which web accessibility can be expressed in regional accreditation materials. These resources include:
- Materials to help institutions capitalize on their accessibility efforts while working toward reaffirmation of accreditation.
- Language and documents for Accreditation Agencies that wish to incorporate web accessibility into their systems or provide support for their constituent institutions.
- Resources that can be used by Accreditation Review Teams to assist in evaluating evidence of web accessibility in institutional reaffirmation portfolios.
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.
These materials are organized to help different groups find the documents that may be most useful to their needs. However, many of these documents may also have interest or value across groupings.
- Best Practices for Institution-Wide Web Accessibility
- Templates for Institutional Web Accessibility Activities
- NCDAE Blog Article: Accredibility: Using Your Web Accessibility Efforts As Evidence During Reaffirmation
For Accreditation Agencies
- Accreditation and Web Accessibility: Why Should Accreditors Care?
- Mapping Accessibility onto Existing Accreditation Standards and Criteria
- NCDAE Blog Article: Accessibility, Accreditation and the Evolution of Digital Technologies
For Accreditation Review Teams
- Reviewer Guidance Document
- Getting Started: A Guide to Using GOALS Materials to Evaluate Web Accessibility Evidence During an Accreditation Review
- Navigating the Guidance Document: Evidence Evaluation Matrix
- Guidelines for Evaluating Institutional Evidence of Web Accessibility
- Indicator #1: Institutional Vision and Leadership Commitment
- Benchmark A: Institutional Vision and Leadership Commitment
- Benchmark B: Relevant Stakeholder Participation
- Indicator #2: Planning and Implementation
- Benchmarks A: Inclusion of Key Personnel
- Benchmark B: A Comprehensive Accessibility Policy
- Benchmark C: A Comprehensive Written Accessibility Plan
- Benchmark D: The Implementation of the Written Plan
- Indicator #3: Resources and Support
- Benchmarks A: Focus on Personnel
- Benchmark B: Sufficient Time and Effort Allocated to Personnel
- Benchmark C: A Budget Sufficient for Institution-Wide Efforts
- Benchmark D: Training and Technical Support
- Benchmark E: The Procurement, Development, and Use of Technologies That Will Result in Accessible Web Content
- Indicator #4: Assessment