CSU, Chico Website Rated Highly in Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 12-16-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

California State University, Chico placed 10th in a ranking of U.S. colleges and universities based on how websites serve blind students.

The study, published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, ranked web pages at 183 schools. The sampling of schools included universities in 15 athletic conferences as well as all the CSU and UC campuses.

The author, Jon Gunderson, coordinator of assistive communication and information-technology accessibility at the University of Illinois, rated websites in six areas to assess their accessibility for blind students. Visually impaired students use screen readers and text-to-speech software to interpret what is displayed on websites.

Missouri State University was ranked first, and three other California State University campuses – Northridge, San Luis Obispo and Channel Islands – were ranked second, third and sixth, respectively.

CSU, Chico launched a redesign of its website in April 2010.

The article, titled “Best and Worst College Web Sites for Blind Students,” can be found at http://chronicle.com/article/BestWorst-College-Web/125642/.

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