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President F. King Alexander's Message, March 29, 2007

The California State University remains strongly committed to providing access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities. This commitment is articulated by Chancellor Charles B. Reed in the January 2005 CSU Executive Order 926, "The CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations," which states:"It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability."

In January 2006, the CSU launched the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) to develop a work plan and provide guidance and resources to assist campuses in carrying out the accessible technology provisions of EO 926. Originally issued as AA-2006-41 and commonly referred to as the "coded memo," the memo was updated in February 2007 as AA-2007-04, "Access to Electronic and Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities." Significant consultation took place in the development of the plan. Those consulted included the Technology Steering Committee, the Statewide Academic Senate, the Academic Technology Advisory Committee, the Provosts' Technology Steering Committee, the Council of Administration and Business Officers, Student Affairs Vice Presidents, the CSU Services to Students with Disabilities Advisory Committee, the Information Technology Advisory Committee and other system-wide advisory bodies and groups.

The following laws support the executive order and coded memorandum:

  • California Government Code 11135 of 2003 – Section 508
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 – Section 255
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Section 504

The Chancellor's Office has three priorities associated with the Accessible Technology Initiative: (1) accessibility of the web, (2) accessibility of instructional materials and (3) accessibility of electronic and information technology (E&IT) procurement.

Institutional Information

On October 5, 2006, the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Campus Information Technology Committee discussed ATI staffing and made recommendations regarding ATI project participants. Subsequently, on October 18, 2006, I designated Douglas W. Robinson, Vice President for Student Services, as the Executive Sponsor who would lead the campus compliance efforts.

Campus Objectives/Timeline

At CSULB, the campus objective is to implement the Accessible Technology Initiative Work Plan, as delineated in the coded memo (AA-2007-04), in a timely manner. It is evident that implementation of the ATI Work Plan must be a process of continuous improvement that will require a multi-year, phased approach.

Under the terms of the work plan, following are the preliminary objectives and timeline for the campus ATI process:

2006-07: Planning and Evaluation

The focus of the first year is on planning, policy and procedures development, communication and training. Initial implementation will begin during the second half of the year.

2007-08: Implementation

Full implementation of campus plans will begin, with the goal of integrating accessibility at the design stage of software, web, and course development, and in business and instructional practices.

2008-09: Assessment

During the third year, the campus will assess the process to determine the outcomes achieved and the effectiveness of plan implementation. Based on assessment results, strategies and actions will be adjusted as necessary.

Campus Participants

In consultation with various groups on campus, I have appointed the following individuals to the Steering Committee:

Steering Committee

  • Douglas W. Robinson, Vice President for Student Services, Executive Sponsor/ Steering Committee Chair
  • Toni Beron, Associate Vice President, University Relations and Development
  • Doug Cox, Director, New Media Communications/University Webmaster
  • James Davis, Representative, Associated Students, Inc.
  • Wayne Dick, Professor and Chair, Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • Charles Hughes, Director, Procurement
  • Roman Kochan, Dean, Library Services
  • Joe Latter, Associate Vice President, Financial Management
  • Cecile Lindsay, Associate Vice President, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
  • Jan Reyes, Manager, Americans with Disabilities Act, Equity and Diversity
  • David Sanfilippo, Director, Disabled Student Services
  • Praveen Soni, Professor of Marketing and Chair, Academic Senate

In recognition of the organizational work this project will require, the Steering Committee is authorized to maintain the following subcommittees and membership. Additionally, the Steering Committee is free to add more subcommittees, and subcommittee members, to complete this task.

ATI Campus Planning, Self Evaluation and IT Transition Plan Subcommittee

  • Jan Reyes, Manager, Americans with Disabilities Act, Equity and Diversity, Subcommittee Chair
  • Doug Cox, Director, New Media Communications/University Webmaster
  • Wayne Dick, Professor and Chair, Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • Tom Jewett, Lecturer, Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • Cheryl Pruitt, Lecturer, Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • David Sanfilippo, Director, Disabled Student Services
  • Aysu Spruill, Director, Internal Auditing Services

ATI Marketing Subcommittee

  • Toni Beron, Associate Vice President, University Relations and Development, Subcommittee Chair
  • Anne Ambrose, External Communications Editor, Public Affairs
  • Wayne Dick, Professor and Chair, Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • Douglas Robinson, Vice President for Student Services, ATI Executive Sponsor/ Steering Committee Chair
  • David Sanfilippo, Director, Disabled Student Services
  • Praveen Soni, Professor of Marketing and Chair, Academic Senate

ATI Timely Instructional Materials Subcommittee

  • Cecile Lindsay, Associate Vice President, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Subcommittee Chair
  • Sandy Cynar, Dean, College of Engineering
  • Jill Horn, Technology Strategist, Library and Academic Technology Services
  • Jennifer Lamkins, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling
  • Fred Neely, Director, Bookstore Services
  • Penny Peterson, Coordinator, High Tech Center
  • Michael Strong, Representative, Associated Students, Inc.

ATI Procurement Subcommittee

  • Joe Latter, Associate Vice President, Financial Management, Subcommittee Chair
  • Elizabeth Beall, Manager, Purchasing
  • Jill Horn, Technology Strategist, Library and Academic Technology Services
  • Charlie Hughes, Director, Procurement
  • Terri Telasky, Buyer, Purchasing

ATI Web Accessibility Subcommittee

  • Doug Cox, Director, New Media Communications/University Webmaster, Subcommittee Chair
  • Keira Dooley, Webmaster/Art Director, Division of Student Services
  • Debbie Hildreth Pisarcik, Web Course Developer, University College and Extension Services
  • Tom Jewett, Lecturer, Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • Michael Leikam, Portal Technical Lead, Administrative Computing Services
  • Cheryl Pruitt, Lecturer, Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Campus Orientation

To increase campus awareness of the Accessible Technology Initiative and the Campus ATI Work Plan, orientation sessions will be provided to various campus constituencies, including the President’s Cabinet, College Deans, Academic Senate Executive Committee, Staff Council and the Associated Students Senate. The orientation schedule will be announced at a later date.

A website, which will include the specific timeline and action steps that will be taken related to the ATI process, is under development. As soon as the site is completed, a link to the site will be posted on the university’s home page.

The Accessible Technology Initiative is a critically important assignment for this university during the next three years. The burden to meet this challenge rests squarely with the entire university and not simply with the ATI Steering Committee. To that end, I am pledging the full support of the university community with this effort.

I look forward to working with all of you during this important process.