• Mt. Hood Community College Accessibility Continuing Action Plan

  • June 2017

    MHCC Continuing Action Plan

    Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is committed to providing the highest standard of service to the entire community. This continuing action plan ensures that MHCC will remain a leader in electronic accessibility.

    Resources – MHCC will continue to maintain and update the E-Text resources page, which houses guides, videos, and recommendations for employees to reference in order to create accessible content. Each term, the Electronic Information Technology Accessibility Coordinator (EITAC) will review the E-Text Resources page to ensure that it is up to date on all available resources. A new resource site that provides free resources for students who have disabilities will be created and maintained by The Disability Services Office and the EITA coordinator, and will be updated as new software becomes available.

    Websites – MHCC will continue to meet Section 508 WCAG 2.0 AA level standards within all college-owned websites, including the main MHCC website and intranet. Websites will be constantly monitored using SiteImprove to resolve issues in a timely manner. External links will be reviewed for accessibility, and alternatives found if necessary.

    Portal – The College will continue to monitor the portal for any potential accessibility issues and resolve them with the help of Jenzabar.

    Learning Management Systems – All content on MHCC’s LMS’s (Blackboard, eLearning) will be WCAG 2.0 AA level accessible, including captions/transcripts for videos and fully accessible electronic documents. External links will also be accessible. If a site is inaccessible but needed, the courses will include a statement explaining that external links may be inaccessible and to contact the instructor if an alternative format is needed. Yearly audits will be conducted on courses to ensure that LMS content remains compliant.

    Faculty and Staff Training – The disability department and EITAC will conduct yearly trainings at the beginning of each school year for new employees. Other training sessions and workshops will be available each term, as will individualized training conducted by either the DSO Assistive Technology Specialist or EITA coordinator.

    Electronic Documents – All electronic documents (PDFs, Word Docs, Excel Sheets, etc.) will meet WCAG 2.0 AA level standards. The web team and the EITAC will review all documents before online placement. If circumstances require material to be posted within a specific timeframe, it may be placed online in an inaccessible format only if an accessible version is being created.  The accessible version will replace the inaccessible copy as soon as possible. Exceptions will only be granted if an accessible version will be made in the future.
    Applications for Admission- All applications for admission will be accessible, including the general application for admission.  

    Library – The library has a total of 83 scholarly research databases with three primary vendors.  All vendors are committed to continuing to make their resources - including captioned videos - compliant with accessibility standards and the vendors will maintain their current compliance.
    Bookstore – The MHCC Bookstore will continue to use Nebraska Book Company (NBC) as their website vendor, which is committed to maintaining WCAG 2.0 AA level standards.

    Purchasing – All purchases relating to MHCC’s online presence or software will be reviewed for accessibility. A VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) will be requested to assess compliance. The EITAC will also review electronic purchases to ensure accessibility of new products. If the software is necessary but inaccessible, any staff/faculty/student can request an accessible alternative. If no accessible alternatives are available, an exception will be made.