Steering Committee Meeting Minutes October 20, 2010

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


  1. General update
    1. Announcements
      1. AccessU West 2011 (formerly known as CalWAC) will be held January 10 -12, 2011 in San Jose. Registration $425 for two days of workshops. See web site
      2. The CSU ATI Director position has been posted on Cal State website. Recruitment will be broad & wide
    2. Update from ATI Central, Executive Sponsors conference conversation, 10-14-10.
      1. The focus of the call was on the campus Annual Reports to be submitted on November 30th. They will ultimately be reviewed and combined to become the new baseline for the initiative. Barbara B. will be working on our report for the 2009-2010 academic year with the help of Barbara Moore, Brett Christie, and Ruth McDonnell.
      2. There was also discussion during the conference call about how to make progress on accessibility in a time of constraints. Commitment by the CO to making as much assistance available centrally was reiterated.

        Barbara also met with Dr. Armiñana about the status of ATI at SSU and how to advance current goals. He liked the idea of a Moodle course for accessibility training and indicated that perhaps some of the professional development funding could be used for this purpose. He observed that once the new baseline is determined in Spring 2011, a path for SSU could be planned.

        Barbara has asked Mike Kiraly, Operations Manager at the Library, to review some of the resources on the Professional Development Website to identify tools that may seem most helpful to our campus faculty. Emiliano Ayala commented that he has heard a rumor around possible federal funding for Accessibility for Post Secondary Education.
  2. Current status and efforts (updates)
    1. Priority 1 (Administrative Web Accessibility)
      Barbara Moore reported that the Web Advisory team has completed the Web Policy and Dan Condron will be bringing it around to the Schools. Web Standards are still being discussed. She observed goals for 2009-2010 were achieved. Barbara M. mentioned that SSU was included on a list produced by a university in Illinois that rated campuses on Web accessibility. It is unknown exactly how the rank was determined but SSU was rated somewhere in the middle of the schools that were evaluated.
    2. Priority 2 (Instructional Materials Accessibility)
      Barbara Butler asked if anyone in the group might be interested in monitoring this initiative area or would like to suggest a nomination, now that Brett Christie is no longer able to participate.

      Barbara B. distributed a few pages from the CSU Professional Development Website to illustrate the ever expanding resources available for instructional accessibility. The question was raised if it would be a good time to “publicize” the website resources to the SSU Faculty. It was suggested by Emiliano that it may be best to wait until a baseline is established so that expectations can be established by Academic Affairs.

      The Accessible Syllabus template was mentioned again. Barbara B. commented that having a useable template available may assist faculty with inclusion of learning objectives, which WASC identified as an area for improvement, as well as accessibility principles. Emiliano posed the question of who “owns” ATI Priority 2. Although an institutional responsibility, it probably needs to reside with Academic Affairs. Richard Senghas suggested that ATI goals and objectives might be added to other Professional Development objectives that are directed from JCAP and Academic Affairs. Barbara thought maybe the Senate may also be a place to highlight ATI goals.

      Bruce Carpe reported that IT has captioned 60+ videos that can be played on various platforms. With a very inexpensive software upgrade, they are now able to burn viewable dvds. The Library will catalog these dvds along with the regular versions and students can check them out. Stephanie Torres will reformat retrospectively all existing copies. Thank you to Stephanie for this excellent improvement.
    3. Priority 3 (E & IT Procurement)
      No report as Joy Sun and Jenifer Christ were unable to attend.
  3. Workshops and training
    Barbara B. encouraged everyone to take a closer look at the ATI Professional Development website. She also queried the group regarding using some of the meeting time to review resources together as a group and all agreed. We will give that a try in November.
  4. Discussion of SSU accessibility issues (all)
    Jack Nguyen brought up some problems around Powerpoint and the creation of accessible teaching materials. He observed that faculty often need to change various elements of their presentation and as a result, may lose accessibility. He also mentioned that the functions in Powerpoint for the Mac don’t seem to work to make the document accessible. Barbara Moore commented that LecShare should help with Powerpoint presentations created on the Mac platform. Please encourage faculty colleagues to contact Jack directly to ascertain that their teaching materials are accessible.
  5. Fall 2010 meeting dates, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Schulz 2019
    Wednesday, September 15, 2010
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010