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Siteimprove Web Accessibility & Compliance

Siteimprove text in gold over the Iowa State University Cardinal color.

Iowa State University embraces diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) from multiple perspectives and from several campus-wide initiatives. Digital accessibility is a large portion of DEI from an IT perspective. ITS at Iowa State is leading campus in this initiative by housing digital accessibility to create inclusive experiences to ensure equal access to websites, software, digital course materials and all digital communications in every facet of external and internal communications at ISU. 

Creating barrier free access to hardware and software falls under the broad area of digital accessibility. Digital accessibility is not only the production of websites in an accessible manner, it is a mindset and related directly to the student experience. Fully experiencing content and materials using assistive technology is essential in supporting this mindset.

Siteimprove is a single-platform, cloud-based accessibility tool to aid Iowa State’s web content editors, designers and developers meet compliance with Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act and the ADA as specified by the Web Accessibility Content Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 success criteria, for ISU-owned websites. Siteimprove is available to each Iowa State University owned website and will connect with Drupal and WordPress Content Management Systems (CMS).

Siteimprove dashboard showing accessibility score.
Example of what you will see within the Siteimprove platform and how to "improve score" by fixing issues.

Siteimprove Features and Shortcuts

  • Accessibility 
  • Quality Assurance
  • Policy
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Reports

Adding Your Site(s) to Siteimprove

Request your site(s) be added to the Siteimprove platform by filling out this form on Servicenow. There is no cost to add your site(s). 

Training

Here is the general information on using the platform and contacts should you have questions or concerns.

After your site has been added to the platform, you will need to install the Okta tile. It’s important to add the ISU Siteimprove tile instead of adding an app and searching for Siteimprove outside of the ISU list because it will not work.

Here are the differences:

Siteimprove Okta tile.

Online Helpful Resources:

Additional Questions?

  1. Cyndi Wiley - Iowa State University - clwiley@iastate.edu
  2. Tom Laughlin - Siteimprove - tlau@siteimprove.com
    • Tom is available as a direct contact for assistance with questions, onboarding your unit, etc.