Skip survey header

Digital Environment: Self-Assessment

Page One

Thank you for your interest in this self-assessment. This assessment is still in development and we welcome your feedback. 

This assessment is based on a rubric that was originally created in through a collaboration between Sue Kroeger, Melanie Thornton, and members of the Advisory Group on Disability Access and Inclusion at Middlebury College (2016-2017).

If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact Melanie Thornton at

Sue Kroeger, Ed.D., University of Arizona
Melanie Thornton, M.A., CPACC, University of Arkansas

Instructions: It is ideal to engage with those on your campus in order to answer these questions accurately.  

If you want an initial sense of where you are and are unsure of any given response, then rate yourself low on that response. In the case of the checkpoints, do not check any about which you are uncertain.

Email address is optional. However if you do include it, you will receive a summary of your responses by email.
4. LEADERSHIP/COMMITMENT: How aware are upper level administrators of the responsibility to acquire/design accessible digital resources? *This question is required.
UnawareSome awareness / Not a high priorityHighly aware / PrioritizesKeeps up with latest trends
5. LEADERSHIP/COMMITMENT: Do disabled people and/or those with expertise in digital accessibility have a voice in decision-making when it comes to digital and web technologies? *This question is required.
NeverOccasionallyRoutinelyHighly influential
6. COMMUNICATION / MARKETING: How regularly does organization communicate about responsibility and commitment to digital accessibility? *This question is required.
7. COMMUNICATION / MARKETING: How prominent is communication about responsibility and commitment to digital accessibility? *This question is required.
Not seen by most stakeholdersSeen by stakeholders in reaction to specific events, otherwise does not come from high level leadershipClearly communicated as a commitment, communicated by leadershipEmbedded in strategic plans and other organizational plans, external stakeholders can see that it is a commitment
8. ASSESSMENT / ACCOUNTABILITY: Does the organization have a method for collecting data and monitoring effectiveness in terms of digital access? *This question is required.
No data collection or assessmentAnecdotal data at bestAdequate process in place for data collectionSophisticated process in place for data collection
9. ASSESSMENT / ACCOUNTABILITY: How responsive is the organization to the data? *This question is required.
No data collectionData collected but never/rarely reviewed or acted uponData is used for decision-making and planningData is used as benchmark for continual improvement
10. RESOURCE ALLOCATION: What is the organizational approach to allocating resources to prioritize and address digital access? *This question is required.
No resources earmarked for digital access"If there is a problem, we'll deal with it.""Let's plan ahead so we have what we need when the time comes.""Whatever it takes, but let's be innovative and find sustainable solutions."
11. KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS: How would you characterize the knowledge and skill level of those tasked with digital access on your campus? *This question is required.
No one tasked with digital accessLearning as they goSolid foundationLeading edge, keeping pace with national trends
12. POLICY / PRACTICE ALIGNMENT: Does the organization have policies in place that address commitment to digital access? *This question is required.
No related policiesPolicies established in reaction to problemsWell thought out and coordinated policiesPolicies developed though coordinated effort that reflects campus culture
13. POLICY / PRACTICE ALIGNMENT: If there are policies, how do day-to-day practices align with policy? *This question is required.
No related policiesPractices out of sync with policy - no method for ensuring complianceMost practices are consistent with policyPolicy and practices are in strong alignment
14. TRAINING / CONSULTATION: How would you describe training and professional development opportunities on your campus related to digital access? *This question is required.
Not offeredOffered sporadically in reaction to problemsOffered regularlyRegularly offered as part of and integrated into faculty and staff development
15. TRAINING / CONSULTATION: Is there a clearly defined entity on campus to provide technical assistance as it relates to digital access? *This question is required.
Not offeredA few people who assist but not formalized as part of their dutiesYes, most faculty and staff would know who to contact for assistanceYes, it is clear where to go for assistance and there are people in a variety of settings with expertise to respond to questions
16. BURDEN OF ACCESS: Where does the responsibility for access lie? *This question is required.
The responsibility for access falls primarily on the disabled individual.The responsibility for access falls primarily on the DS office and the disabled individualThe responsibility for access is shared by several people in key positions on campus.Access is everyone's responsibility.
17. DISABILITY REPRESENTATION: How would you describe they way most people on your campus see the responsibility for digital access? *This question is required.
Access is something special needed by a very few people.Access is a matter of compliance with legal requirements.Access is a matter of social justice.Access is a matter of social justice and a part of the campus culture.
18. DISABILITY REPRESENTATION: When/if communication about digital access goes out to the campus, how is it represented? *This question is required.
N/A or as request for individual students to receive access.Communication warns campus stakeholders to be in compliance with policy and/or legal requirements to avoid a lawsuit.Digital access is represented as a shared responsibility to ensure the campus is welcoming and inclusive.Digital access is represented as a shared responsibility to ensure the campus is welcoming and inclusive. And that it is "who we are" in this organization.
19. Auditing Check Points: