Website Accessibility and ADA Compliance Plan
Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) is committed to ensuring that all persons who may have one or more disabilities has complete access to all the resources, communications, and services available to all students. CCCC is continuously reviewing and updating the College’s website (capecod.edu) to ensure that both the overall website and all documents posted thereon, are available and provided in alternative, accessible formats.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0 Level AA, below is our website accessibility implementation and action plan for the 2019-2020 academic year:
- Review and Ensure Compliancy on Most Frequently Visited Web Pages
As of March 5, 2019, 10 of the top 20 pages on capecod.edu are accessible by WCAG 2.0 Level AA, including the College’s homepage, the entirety of the College’s academic catalog, our hub for online and blended learning, and the President’s Office page. Information Technology is prioritizing work with web page managers to address the remaining sites in the top-20 to ensure that all pages meet ADA standards.
- Review and Ensure Compliancy of Student/Faculty Communications Tools
The College has prioritized compliance work within Moodle, our learning management system, as a key priority to ensure ADA compliancy in the online learning space. Collaborating with the Dean of Online and Blended Learning, the College is working to ensure this portal allows students to interact with professors in a manner that is ADA compliant, including the submittal of assignments and posting of course materials.
CampusWeb, the a portal used by students to access Admissions information and make bill payments, and by faculty and staff members to access budgetary information and other internal resources, has been reviewed and remediation is in progress.
As part of our ongoing work, the College is reaching out to all third-party vendors who are linked via our website to confirm their compliancy or status of work to become a compliant site.
- Review and Ensure Compliancy of Documents and Supporting Materials
Since early-2019, Information Technology has been aggressively remediating PDF compliancy throughout the College’s website, removing several hundred PDFs and working with faculty and staff to fix necessary, existing documents. In March 2019, the College secured the services of a third-party vendor to support this work, and provide ongoing scans of the website for PDF remediation in the future. This vendor will be asked to prioritize the rebuild of our site’s more complicated PDFs, including fillable forms that students need to complete the enrollment process.
- Secure a New Content Management System and Build a Redesigned Website that Better Supports Accessibility
In February 2019, the College launched a request for proposals to seek a vendor that would redesign our website and secure a new content management system (CMS). The college’s existing CMS is more than ten years old and lacks the necessary technology to ensure WCAG 2.0 AA status. The RFP requires potential vendors have the capacity to build and host a website that can be easily maintained in adherence with all federal and state guidelines for web accessibility for all audiences, including those with visual impairment, hearing impairment, and any other protected class of individuals with a disability.
The RFP process is expected to be completed in late-March with a vendor chosen by April 2019. The expected timeline for rebuilding the website from then is twelve months.
- Secure an External Partner to Conduct Compliancy Testing
To improve our capacity to serve ADA needs, the College will seek an outside vendor/professional service that serves community members with disabilities to conduct scans of our website to identify potential accessibility issues. These scans will provide the College with critical consumer feedback and will allow us to better prioritize our work on our current site as well as the new site to be rebuilt over the next year.
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