[Athen] Review of Handshake - Career Services Platform

Thompson, Rachel rsthompson2 at ua.edu
Sun May 12 17:17:39 PDT 2019

We looked at their documentation a couple of years ago and did see a lot of “we promise to do xyz”. They also did a better job than several other potential vendors, warts and all. At the time and still, the campus area who owned it is committed to offering any needed accommodations, so it was allowed to proceed on campus. Now that our tech accessibility policy is in force and included in contract language, I am not sure what will happen when they come up for renewal. Will share if I learn more.

Dr. Rachel S. Thompson
Director, Faculty Resource Center
Office of Information Technology
University of Alabama

On May 12, 2019, at 7:08 PM, Bossley, Peter A. <bossley.5 at osu.edu<mailto:bossley.5 at osu.edu>> wrote:

Ohio State reviewed it last year prior to it being implemented. We found much the same, it had a number of serious problems. Currently the tool operates under an Accommodation-based Exception<https://accessibility.osu.edu/exceptions> on our campus.
It is currently up for review again, my team isn’t quite finished with the evaluation yet but once it is finished I would be happy to share the results.
Our review from last spring is attached.

Peter Bossley
Director, Digital Accessibility Center
ADA Coordinator's Office - Office of University Compliance and Integrity
Student Life Disability Services
950 Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Dr, Columbus, OH 43210
614-688-3028 Office
bossley.5 at osu.edu<mailto:bossley.5 at osu.edu> accessibility.osu.edu<http://accessibility.osu.edu/>

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Subject: [Athen] Review of Handshake - Career Services Platform

Greetings All,
Sorry for the cross posting…

Wondering if anyone has recently reviewed Handshake – a Career Services platform that is “the college career network helping all students build a meaningful career – no matter where they go to school or who they know”.

Their VPAT is old (May 2017) and vague at best with their descriptions. Explanations such as “strives to provide” and “works to ensure” compliance with WCAG 2.0 guidelines are rampant throughout this old and outdated VPAT. Our Accessibility Review group is conducting manual testing on a sampling of pages for their Students, Career Services, and Employers applications. We are finding some very serious and critical accessibility errors in our sampling.

I know Handshake is widely used across the country. Universities such as: Stanford, Colorado State, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Brown, and Johns Hopkins to name just a few are noted on Handshake’s website. My question….have any of your campuses reviewed Handshake prior to implementation? What were the results of your reviews?

Very interested in results if your campus has reviewed Handshake – particularly if the review has been done recently.

Thanks in advance!
Cassandra Tex
Assistive Technology Specialist
Humboldt State University
tex at humboldt.edu<mailto:tex at humboldt.edu>
<02-28-2018 Buckeye Careers Handshake Application.docx>
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