California State University System Selects HiSoftware for Web Accessibility

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CSU Chooses HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for Superior Value and Functionality

We evaluated four enterprise-level accessibility tools. HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff was selected for its superior functionality and reasonable price.
-Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative at CSU

HiSoftware Inc., a leading provider of Web content and social computing compliance software, today announced that California State University (CSU) selected HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for system-wide Web accessibility testing. Renewing a three-year relationship, CSU chose Compliance Sheriff to automate accessibility monitoring for thousands of websites and millions of web pages.

HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff provides automated content monitoring solutions for accessibility compliance, privacy, data and information security, site quality and brand integrity. Accessibility compliance is critical within Higher Education. Websites that follow recognized accessibility compliance standards and guidelines can be browsed by everyone, including people who use assistive technologies like screen readers, text readers and voice-activated devices. CSU recognizes the importance of Web accessibility and turned to HiSoftware for a solution.

“CSU strives to provide all of our students with an equal education, and providing accessible online services and materials is an important part of meeting this goal. We had used an earlier version of HiSoftware’s product for accessibility compliance and been very successful. But then we wanted to see what else was on the market," said Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative at CSU. “We evaluated four enterprise-level accessibility tools. HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff was selected for its superior functionality and reasonable price.”

HiSoftware Worked with Students on a Strong Accessibility Plan

With more than 500,000 Web users and 23 campuses, CSU needs to be accessible to everyone, no matter how they access information. To meet the needs of such a wide audience, HiSoftware worked with a student group to develop the CSU HiSoftware Implementation Plan. With a combination of standard testing requirements, wide tool deployment and effective training, the CSU HiSoftware Implementation Plan ensured that campus websites will be accessible immediately upon publishing.

“HiSoftware worked very closely with CSU to provide training, develop an expansive support portal, and map the system to our specific accessibility requirements,” said Pruitt. “Their deep involvement mirrored CSU’s deep commitment to its students and helped the implementation move forward.”

“We believe the key to accessibility compliance is a combination of a sophisticated automation solution and standardized requirements," said HiSoftware CEO Kurt Mueffelmann. “Making sure that all of the half-million students and employees at CSU have complete access to Web information is at the heart of what we do."

HiSoftware provides higher education institutions with automated compliance solutions to address several critical needs. HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff offers validation, remediation and ongoing monitoring of university and campus websites, intranets, Web applications and e-learning systems for Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 accessibility compliance. The solution also protects private/confidential information such as PII and PHI, a concern for universities due to all the student and faculty information that they maintain.

About HiSoftware
HiSoftware is a leading provider of Web content and social computing compliance solutions for the monitoring and enforcement of risk management and privacy guidelines across digital environments. The company’s solutions provide a Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) 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 internal 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.

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