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Boise State homepage ranked in top 1 percent for accessibility compliance

According to WebAIM, the nation’s leading web accessibility advocacy and training organization, Boise State has ranked No. 505 for accessibility compliance out of the top 1 million website homepages as measured by global popularity.

This puts the university in the top 1 percent for compliance and shows a measurable improvement since 2019 when the homepage was ranked No. 1,238.

“Kudos to the Office of Communications and Marketing team for practicing accessibility rules when creating content on the homepage, and to Carolyn Quintero, our web accessibility analyst, for her tireless work keeping us compliant and making our website usable for people of all abilities,” said Shad Jessen, director of university web strategy.

WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) has provided comprehensive accessibility services since 1999 and is internationally recognized as a leader in providing web accessibility expertise, leadership and advocacy.

Boise State Policy 8140 Information Technology Accessibility and Policy 8040 University Webpages and Electronic Publications require public-facing websites to comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.x AA accessibility guidelines. WCAG consists of measurable web accessibility standards developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

In addition, Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act ensure individuals with disabilities are not denied the benefits of services, programs or activities of Boise State, including content on the university’s public-facing websites.

The Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) web accessibility services include trainings, drop-in labs and certifications for content editors within the university.