Report 2017-102 Recommendation 4 Responses

Report 2017-102: California Community Colleges: The Colleges Reviewed Are Not Adequately Monitoring Services for Technology Accessibility, and Districts and Colleges Should Formalize Procedures for Upgrading Technology (Release Date: December 2017)

Recommendation #4 To: Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

To ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to instructional materials, by June 2018, the Chancellor's Office should develop guidance for the community colleges on periodically monitoring the accessibility of instructional materials and on providing training to all instructors in making their materials accessible to students with disabilities.

60-Day Agency Response

On January 24, 2018, the Chancellor's Office conducted an online training webinar for college faculty, administrators, and staff that included a three-hour Instructional Materials Accessibility Track with three one-hour workshops in the following areas: Accessibility in Distance Education, Bringing our "A" Game: Lessons Learned in the Pursuit of Accessibility, and Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool: UDOIT. There were 87, 105, and 107 participants respectively in the 3 workshops. The total headcount for the three workshops was 299 participants.

At its January 31, 2018, meeting the Distance Education and Educational Technology Advisory Committee (DEETAC) discussed updating and revising the distance education guidelines related to the accessibility of instructional materials for colleges. The DEETAC discussed how it would contribute to the distribution of guidelines when completed. Distribution plans include conducting an online webinar that is recorded and archived for later viewing for participants unable to attend in person. The guidelines will be posted to the Chancellor's Office web page in several locations. Chancellor's Office staff will also conduct live presentations of the guidelines at various conferences throughout the year. Information regarding the instructional materials accessibility guidelines will also be included in an addendum to the sixth Edition of the "Program and Course Approval Handbook" which provides guidance to colleges in the development and submission of courses and programs to the Chancellor's Office for review and approval.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2018
  • Response Date: February 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

All Recommendations in 2017-102

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.