As enrollment continues to rise and technology becomes even more integral to the higher education experience, institutions rely on their websites now more than ever. Whether it's a university or a technical institute, websites offer a key way to provide resources, information, and communication to both current and future students, as well as families, communities, and beyond.
Since higher education websites serve so many different purposes for a variety of people, it's important that everyone, regardless of ability, has access to the same resources and information. If websites are designed inclusively, every user has a better, more streamlined experience. However, while accessible solutions for the real-world have become the norm, industries from higher education to retail alike still struggle to translate accessibility to the digital space.
That said, changes are coming. In January 2017, the United States federal government revised all its websites to adhere to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) Levels of A and AA, eventually setting the standard for all websites going forward. Now, with a growing list of higher education institutions receiving formal complaints from the Office for Civil Rights, accessibility is more important than ever.
As with most things, accessibility challenges are best addressed before they arise, not after. Check out our web guide, Web Accessibility: A Guide for Higher Education, to stay ahead of the curve.