[Athen] Review of Handshake - Career Services Platform

Cassandra Tex clt3 at humboldt.edu
Mon May 13 08:12:13 PDT 2019

Thanks Rachel. I appreciate the information!

As far as accommodations go, when other students have access to Handshake
24/7, is it really reasonable to say to students who cannot access it that
they must only use Handshake M-F 8am-5pm with assistance from the Career
Center staff? This is where I get hung-up on the details…



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*Sent:* Sunday, May 12, 2019 5:18 PM
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*Subject:* Re: [Athen] Review of Handshake - Career Services Platform

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> 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

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 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

<02-28-2018 Buckeye Careers Handshake Application.docx>

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