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HiSoftware Chosen by Three Major Universities for Web Accessibility Monitoring
Expanded Online Offerings and Federal Regulations Drive Demand for Web Accessibility Compliance Solutions in Higher Education
Nashua, NH; May 2, 2012 – The competitive higher education marketplace makes ensuring equal access to online information and services for prospective and current students as well as parents and alumnae more important than ever before. Meeting that need head-on, HiSoftware Inc., a provider of Web accessibility compliance software, today announced the addition of three major universities to its roster of clients. Penn State, Purdue University Calumet and University of Texas Brownsville have all selected HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff® for Web accessibility validation, remediation and automated monitoring.
HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff offers colleges and universities an automated accessibility solution that ensures Web content can be viewed by all applicants, students, parents, alumni, faculty and employees. The solution monitors websites, intranets, e-learning systems and Web applications and flags any accessibility issues for resolution, ensuring content is kept compliant with federal regulations including Section 508 and 504, WCAG 2.0 and university-specific requirements.
“Penn State is committed to providing an accessible online presence and learning environment for all of our faculty, staff and students,” said John T. Harwood, Associate Vice Provost, Information Technology Services, Penn State. “By automating accessibility monitoring with HiSoftware, we know that our websites are being audited for accessibility compliance so we can address any issues and make sure it is equally available to all of our constituents.”
The university experience has gone virtual as prospective students check out campuses, course catalogs and syllabi through university websites. Many schools offer individual classes and full degree programs online. These trends mean that meeting online accessibility requirements is important to the bottom line and it is federally mandated for public colleges and universities through Sections 508 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
“There is a real need, both regulatory and user-driven, for Web accessibility in higher education,” said Kurt Mueffelmann, president and CEO, HiSoftware. “The continued growth we have seen in this sector of our business re-emphasizes the market trend toward widespread Web accessibility.”
HiSoftware provides content-aware solutions for managing Web accessibility compliance, brand integrity, site quality, and SharePoint security and privacy to hundreds of colleges, universities and federal agencies. More information about HiSoftware compliance solutions for higher education can be found at: http://www.hisoftware.com/industries/education.aspx
HiSoftware is a leading provider of content-aware compliance and security solutions for the monitoring and enforcement of risk management and privacy guidelines across digital environments. The company’s solutions provide a data governance platform for content management and collaboration processes that support corporate and brand integrity, site quality, accessibility and confidentiality for public websites and portals, as well as intranets and SharePoint sites. HiSoftware’s customers include some of the largest US and international government agencies, as well as Global 2000 companies. For more information, visit http://www.hisoftware.com