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The State of Digital Accessibility in Higher Ed (2024)

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 1:20 PM PDT  
Platinum 7  

How does the digital accessibility effort at your institution compare to others and how can you find out about important best practices? This engaging session informs practitioners, institutional leaders, and vendor partners alike. We will discuss preliminary findings on the current state of accessibility, identify opportunities to improve, and share recommendations.

In fall 2023 the EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Community Group (the largest group of practitioners in HE) launched its first landscape survey for higher education. The survey targeted accessibility professionals plus IT executives and asked leaders throughout higher ed to share their perspectives on accessibility at their institutions. Nearly 800 practitioners and leaders participated, contributing qualitative and quantitative data. Questions addressed organizational structures, resources, policies, compliance concerns and the state of accessibility. Comparing results from different institution types and the perspectives of professionals in accessibility and other leaders in higher ed, produces one of the most comprehensive and systematic assessments in this area to date.

Peer benchmarking in this space is a challenge because technology accessibility responsibility is distributed differently across institutions. This survey attempted to cut across all of these perspectives and gain insights from the broadest possible audience.
The format will present data, provide insight, and ask attendees to engage in discussion.

This Presentation Link is provided by the Presenter(s) and not hosted by the Center on Disabilities at CSUN. The Center on Disabilities has confirmed, as of March 26, 2024, content linked is relevant to the presentation, but has not been reviewed for accessibility nor will the Center on Disabilities attempt to remediate any accessibility issues in the linked content. Please contact the Presenter(s) with any accessibility concerns.

  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
  • Legal
  • Administration & Business Support
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
How does your higher ed institution’s digital accessibility effort compare to industry trends? What do experts and senior leaders think? We will discuss findings from a broad survey, identify opportunities, and share recommendations.  
Primary Topic
Secondary Topics
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
  • Leadership & Strategy
Session Type
General Track  


  • Kyle Shachmut
    Harvard University
  • Eudora Struble
    Wake Forest University

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