Accessibility and Compliance Checklist

All fully online courses at the University of Central Arkansas should be able to pass an accessibility and compliance check to meet federal regulations, HLC standards, and ADA compliance. In the table below, you will see the criteria that will be looked at to decide if an online course meets all of these standards and a link that explains its meaning in greater detail.

Federal Distance Education Requirement


1. Regular and substantive interaction between instructor and learner is provided throughout the course and is primarily instructor-initiated. (OSCQR #1, #40, #41#45)

Americans with Disabilities Act


2. All text is readable by assistive technology. (OSCQR #34)

3. Accessible descriptions (formerly Alt text) conveys the meaning (not merely describing) the images, charts, graphs, or diagrams. (OSCQR #35)

4. Text is formatted with titles, headings, and other styles to enhance readability and improve structure.
(OSCQR #17, #18, #21, #22, #23, #24, #25, #26, #27, #28, #36)

5. PDFs pass the Adobe Accessibility Check with no substantial errors. (OSCQR #34)

6. Hyperlink text is descriptive and makes sense when out of context; do not use “click here.” (OSCQR #37)

7. Internet resources, including videos and publisher materials, can be navigated or operated with keyboard shortcuts and meet accessibility standards. (OSCQR #15)

8. All multimedia includes narrative descriptions, transcripts, and closed captioning at 95% accuracy or higher, where applicable. (OSCQR #35)

9. Learners are informed when a timed response is required. Proper lead time is provided to ensure there is an opportunity to prepare an accommodation. (OSCQR #48)