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Coordinating Higher Education Systems

Adults in a higher education environment collaborating

Multiple indicators show a positive trend in the number of students with disabilities enrolling in higher education programs. Equitable access to learning for these students requires that all learning materials and activities be made accessible to them. This extends to textbooks, courseware, learning management systems, instructional software programs—in short, any and all curriculum resources required for use in academic programs. 

The Critical Components for the Quality Indicators for Higher Education were first released in 2018 and include actionable language for developing a coordinated system that leads to the timely provision of accessible materials and technologies in higher education settings for all students who need them.

Critical Components for Higher Education

The purpose of the National AEM Center’s Quality Indicators with Critical Components for Higher Education is to assist institutes of higher education, both at the system and campus level, with planning, implementing, and evaluating systems for providing accessible materials and technologies for all students who need them.

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Critical Components for Higher Education

Both universities and community colleges will find the Quality Indicators with Critical Components for Higher Education useful for implementing statutory requirements that mandate equitable access to learning opportunities for students with disabilities.

AEM Center at CAST
2020

Guide

Self-Study Guide for Higher Education

This guide will help you develop knowledge and practical skills related to the Quality Indicators with Critical Components for Higher Education. It's also useful for preparing to work with a team on systems change at the state and/or local levels.

AEM Center at CAST
2022

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Synthesis of Knowledge Development Findings for Higher Education

Learn about the knowledge development activities that informed the recent update to the Critical Components for Higher Education, including a literature and policy review, interviews and focus groups with subject matter experts.

AEM Center at CAST
2020

Relevant Laws and Policies

In addition to guiding higher education institutions toward more inclusive programs, the Quality Indicators address the following laws and policies related to equal access for students with disabilities in higher education:  

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