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Open to all? Nationwide evaluation of high-priority web accessibility considerations among higher education websites

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This study seeks to evaluate the basic Priority 1 web accessibility of all college and university websites in the US (n = 3141). Utilizing web scraping and automated content analysis, the study establishes that even in the case of high-priority, simple-to-address accessibility requirements, colleges and universities generally fail to make their sites accessible. Results should be used to determine reasonable and simple steps for moving toward accessible design in institutional websites, which is necessary to ensure that institutional resources can be open and useable by all.

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Correspondence to Royce Kimmons.

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Kimmons, R. Open to all? Nationwide evaluation of high-priority web accessibility considerations among higher education websites. J Comput High Educ 29, 434–450 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12528-017-9151-3

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Keywords

  • Web accessibility
  • Search engine optimization
  • Openness
  • Data mining
  • Web scraping