In June 2018, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) issued the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Instructional Material Accessibility Standard (opens PDF in Google Drive). Likewise, in May 2019, College of the Desert adopted Board Policy 3725 (opens PDF) and Administrative Procedures 3725 (opens PDF). College of the Desert’s Information and Communication and Instructional Material Accessibility Standard Statement makes it clear that:
“Ensuring equal access to equally effective instructional materials and ICT is the responsibility of all District administrators, faculty, and staff.”
To support the implementation of the Accessibility Standard at local colleges, the Chancellor’s Office has provided assistance in the form of a document titled Guidance for Meeting Institutional Obligations (opens Word in Google Drive). Given that effective implementation of the Accessibility Standard is a continuous process, this document is designed to help focus the campus on the appropriate questions and conversations relevant to current implementations and overall maturity status. As the college develops processes and meets implementation expectations, this document can be used to reframe discussions and move the institution towards a culture of accessibility.
There are four levels that describe the institution's maturity status with regards to each objective:
Level 1: Not Started to Learning
Level 2: Learning to Responding
Level 3: Responding to Establishing
Level 4: Establishing to Optimizing.
Objectives are labeled with the current maturity status level based on input from work groups. The maturity level of each objective is note by “Current Status”. Descriptions of each level are provided along with the institutional accomplishments and future steps. In addition, immediate next steps and potential blocking issues for the institution to mature to the next level are included for each objective.
Please note that as an institution matures along the articulated spectrum, it should continue meeting all previously articulated standards.
This document was created with input from:
Sheri Willis, Executive Director Educational Technologies
Nicolás Crisosto, Accessibility Specialist
Jin An-Dunning, Reference Librarian
Marion Champion, Public Information Officer
Kim Dozier, Academic Senate President
Jessica Enders, Director, Education Centers
Marvin Gabut, Distance Education and Instructional Design Coordinator
Jonathan Gorges, Instructional Computer Support Specialist
Donna Greene, Faculty Development Chair
Keith Prouty II, CSEA Chapter 407 President
Leslie Quiñones, Director, Disabled Students Program and Services
John Ramont, Vice President, Administrative Services
Pamela Stegman, Educational Technologies and Distance Education Committee Chair
Sai Vang, Interim Director, Auxiliary Services, Contracts and Purchasing
Terri Wilson, Human Resources Manager
Mark Zacovic, Interim Vice President, Human Resources
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