Steering Committee Meeting Minutes April 27, 2011

10:00-11:00am (Schulz 2019)

Notes

  1. General Update
    1. Announcements
      1. Paula distributed the latest version of the Course Accessibility Checklist to the ATI Committee incorporating the comments from the last ATI Steering Committee Meeting. This current draft of the Checklist was introduced to the Senate Diversity Sub-committee by Paula. They were very receptive and interested in how they could help to propagate the Checklist when ready. At this point in time, we do not have a contact person to whom questions generated by the Checklist can be directed. Barbara Moore suggested creating a list-serve to field questions that members on ATI Committee Meeting could monitor and direct questions to those who might have answers.
      2. Brent Boyer passed out buttons and flyers for Disability Awareness Week, for more information see: http://www.sonoma.edu/dss. He said that he is also working on getting a flag made like that of the other diversity groups in order to further promote disability awareness.
      3. Barbara Butler reported on the last ATI Executive Sponsor’s Conference Call which was focused on the recent audit conducted by the CSU’s Auditing Office of the San Bernardino Campus on ADA compliance. Lorraine Frost, VP/CIO from CSUSB gave a presentation on their experience with the audit. CSUSB was considered a test site with only a short time to prepare for the audit. They had the “benefit” of having to respond previously to OCR complaints which prepared them for the audit. Barbara observed that during Lorraine’s presentation there was a sense that not all campuses would have equal resources to respond to such an audit.
        Barbara sent out the questions that were used in the audit. Brent Boyer commented that one of the weaknesses at SSU is the “murkiness” of where someone is to go to find services because the services are so decentralized. He mentioned that if someone needs services to attend an event on campus, for example, there is no “office” to direct someone to, no single organization in which to arrange such a request and no clear way to pay for it. Jenifer Crist mentioned that SSU has been identified for an information audit by the CO’s Audit Office.
      4. As an fyi, Emiliano Ayala announced an event sponsored by the Capacity Building Institute entitled: Enhancing Faculty Knowledge and Practices Related to Students with Disabilities in Higher Education in San Jose, June 15, 2011. It is sponsored by the Students with Disabilities as Diverse Learners Project at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the Association for Higher Education and Disability. For more information: http://www.ist.hawaii.edu/events/spring2011/cbi/
      5. Richard Senghas announced that he will be rotating out of the ATI Steering Committee but is still willing to help get the ATI message out to his department and to faculty as information on ATI is ready to be propagated.
  2. Current status and efforts
    1. Priority 1 (Administrative Web Accessibility)
      Barbara Moore reported that the University Home Page web redesign team has made good progress. She anticipates that they will begin testing sometime after commencement. Accessibility testing has been done which revealed areas for improvement needed but overall she was happy with the progress. She also reported that the HiSoftware server has been replaced. Additionally, she mentioned the CSU Community of Practice has been working on the web standards. Barbara was also happy to report that the ticket purchasing system set up for the Green Music center is accessible. Brent had heard that there was some consideration about making the venue accommodating for the hearing impaired and wondered if there was any more discussion about it. Barbara also mentioned there were vacant positions on the Web Advisory Committee.
    2. Priority 2 (Instructional Materials Accessibility)
      A lead is still needed for this initiative area. Work in this area has consisted of the draft of the Instructional Materials Accessibility Checklist (thanks to Paula).
    3. Priority 3 (E & IT Procurement)
      Jenifer Crist reported that procurement folks are still training on an “as needed” basis. They are working on addressing accessibility on the front end of acquisitions rather than trying to address them “after the fact.” Emiliano asked if 50K was still the “threshold” and suggested that he would like to see a purchasing website perhaps so that procurement didn’t seem like such a mystery. Reminder that the threshold for ATI procurement is any item or product with a cost of $15,000 or above.
  3. Workshops and Training
    ATI Professional Development for Accessible Technology
    http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/access/
    Continue to promote resources through this site.
  4. Discussion of SSU accessibility issues (all)
    Richard suggested that a liaison with the Professional Development Subcommittee would be helpful to pass on ATI information. No clear answer yet as to whether there will a Faculty Development assignment for the campus. It was mentioned that the Provost search is on the fast track.
    Projects ahead before the 11-12 meetings are: refresh the Steering Committee membership; review the SSU ATI web site for current documents; and start working on the SSU ATI Plan for 11-12.