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Letter from the President

The University of Houston-Victoria is committed to being an excellent university, and as President, it is my job to define how we measure that excellence. I would like to share with you what I believe defines an excellent university. First and foremost, a university is in the People Business. We are defined by the people who make up our campus community, our students, faculty and staff. When “our people” are excellent, or achieve excellence, it is a reflection of our university community. To be truly excellent, our community must reflect the diversity of our state and nation. We must have a place for everyone, and we must make every person feel welcomed and valued. When we achieve that kind of environment we can strive to make sure every student who comes to us has the support s/he needs to attain the skills and abilities for success. We never lower the bar that is set for excellence, but we make sure each student can get over the bar.

Technology is one of the tools we use to help every student get from where s/he is, to where s/he needs to reach to be successful. There are few areas that touch our lives in as many ways as technology does. In addition, it is central to our mission of creating and disseminating knowledge. We believe that it is critical that we take all necessary steps to ensure that all members of our community can properly benefit from the resources, services and opportunities that we can provide on-line. When we increase our digital accessibility, we increase one of our most precious commodities, a diverse community.

I want to acknowledge all the faculty and staff who work very hard to promote digital accessibility for our university. I want to encourage you to feel free to contact us with any problems you may experience in accessing our web content, or with any suggestions you may have for improving the content or our accessibility. Please feel free to contact me directly, if I can be of service to you. Welcome to our website, and welcome to our community.

Sincerely yours,

Robert K. Glenn

UHV President

More on Technology Accessibility

Websites and online learning are one component of technology accessibility. Accessibility also includes interoffice emails, software, electronic devices and technology-facilitated interactive content:

"All University web pages should be accessible in some form to those with disabilities, be they technological barriers (slow modems) or physical barriers (users with impaired vision). This is not just State law, but good sense: the more users who can access your information the better. . . . This is the same spirit as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which presently ensures no one is barred from accessing any physical University property (i.e., access ramps, braille signs, etc.). Note this isn't a dictate that all users experience your pages equally, only that all users can access them equally."

For more information, see the full Executive Summary of UH Web Accessibility Standards.

Faculty and Staff can check documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoints, emails and other electronic content using the UHV Accessibility Checklist.

If you locate a section of the UHV website that does not meet accessibility standards, please note the URL of the page and contact webmaster@uhv.edu.

For questions about training resources, contact Eunice Mesa. For questions about the Advisory Committee, contact Rebecca Lake.

Advisory Committee on Technology Accessibility

The Advisory Committee on Technology Accessibility is a volunteer, open-forum group of staff and faculty members. The Committee provides input on campus climate, programs and training materials. Participants can review, test and provide comments on forthcoming tools and training materials. Participants may also lead campus culture change by improving accessibility. Participants help shape implementation of policies that impact the University as a whole.

For questions about the Advisory Committee, please call (361)570-4835 or email Rebecca Lake.

Training and Resources

Year-round employee resources include:
 
Campus workshops that provide specialized training and can focus on a particular program or software.
 
Webinars that stream industry experts and allow for on-campus small group discussion.
 
Skills on Demand which provides 24/7 self-guided resources for targeted to specific programs and functions.
 
The Accessibility Tier Training Program that shares resources with on-campus point persons by department.
 
Employees can learn more by visiting the Accessibility at UHV tab on the Intranet. 
 
The Accessibility Tier Training Program provides a plan for foundation knowledge in accessibility. The Program incorporates:
    • One hour training overview,
    • Self-guided skills training,
    • Timely webinars,
    • State and federal public resources, and
    • Introduction to on-campus issues and partners.
The Tier Training Program currently enrolls every Accessibility Point Person. University departments designate Accessibility Point Persons. The UHV Training & Development Department oversees the Program. For more information on training workshops, contact Eunice Mesa.

Policies and Resources

For additional information for faculty and students including accommodations-related services, visit UHV Disability Services website.

For concerns about discrimination, review the University of Houston Anti-Discrimination Policy. For questions or concerns about discrimination or the policy, contact Rebecca Lake.

For additional policy language on technology accessibility, review the Interim University of Houston System Electronic and Information Resources Accessibility Policy.