[Cato] [ELC-C] WaTech Policy 188

Meeusen, Kelley Kelley.Meeusen at cptc.edu
Tue Aug 23 15:03:16 PDT 2016


I love this policy, and as I stated a while ago it is a great start. My only problem is that it appears to be an unfunded mandate. In the current budget environment, I suspect it will remain a mostly unfunded mandate. The legislature appropriate no funds to support this, so SBCTC will have to squeeze it out or their existing budget, as will the member colleges.

So in the existing environment, the undue burden<https://ocio.wa.gov/definition-terms-used-ocio-policies-and-reports#undue_burden> clause will apply to almost everything.

I also suspect that while having a policy in place might be helpful, it might also place the SBCTC at a higher level of risk for civil action when someone asks, "Why isn't this policy supported with the necessary financial resources to make it work effectively?"

Just my $0.02.


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Subject: [ELC-C] WaTech Policy 188

Hi all,

Questions are floating around about the WaTech Policy 188<https://ocio.wa.gov/policies/policy-188-accessibility?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery> on Accessible Technology. It might be a good idea for you all to review WaTech's Policy 101<https://ocio.wa.gov/policies/101-technology-policies-and-standards> about the scope of WaTech's technology policies in order to clarify your institution's relationship to WaTech.

In short, the new policy does impact SBCTC as an agency. Mark Jenkins and myself had a meeting with the author of WaTech's policy last week and are working with others in our agency to better define the implications of this policy on the institutions and how we can leverage SBCTC's (more explicit) relationship with WaTech to access resources and services that result from this policy.

Our best guide to how these policies apply to colleges is in Policy 101<https://ocio.wa.gov/policies/101-technology-policies-and-standards>, but we'll continue to monitor how and where the policy is being applied.

Jess (and Mark)

Jess Thompson
Program Administrator, eLearning & Open Education
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
1300 Quince St SE | PO Box 42495 | Olympia, WA 98504
p: 360.704.4327|c: 253.229.8591
jess.thompson at sbctc.edu<mailto:jess.thompson at sbctc.edu> | www.sbctc.edu<http://www.sbctc.edu/>

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