Verbit Releases Results of Higher Education Accessibility Survey

By: Danielle Chazen

To gain insights and help its higher education community best prepare for the Fall 2021 semester, Verbit’s leaders commissioned an extensive survey to explore findings for the new school year. With the unprecedented growth of hybrid learning, Verbit aimed to understand whether hybrid formats for education delivery will continue and what challenges today’s educators are struggling with most.

The survey’s findings have been compiled into one easy-read report, Higher Education Accessibility Uncovered, which analyzes the perspectives of 230+ respondents, including higher-ed professionals and students themselves. 100 full-time students in North America, the UK and Australia with a noted disability were surveyed.
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Respondents offered insights on accessible materials and effective technologies that aid in student retention, student engagement and overall academic success. They also cited which tools and technologies are currently being provided to students.

Insights on diverse learning environments, pain points and the impact of inclusion were all discussed. The survey was completed by an independent firm, with responses collected between April – May 2021.

The survey results offer an enlightening look at the importance of accessibility for schools and students alike. For example, 34% of respondents said their institutions are failing to offer accessible environments.
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The report also elucidates how school leaders are finding ways to innovate to keep students engaged in new learning models. These key insights are designed to arm professionals with key findings to make smart changes for the upcoming semester.

Read the survey now to deep-dive into statistics on how:

1. Hybrid & Online Learning Delivery Will Continue
2. Web Conferencing Platforms Dominate the New Learning Experience
3. Accessibility and Accommodations Currently Rely on Student Disclosure, Which Is Limited
4. The Department of Student Services Has Greater Insight into Student Accessibility
5. Technology Isn’t “Nice-To-Have” – It Makes a Difference

Overall, it was interesting to see how 92% of students see the positive impact of accessibility and accommodations on their learning and engagement. Take a moment to go through this must-read report for all higher education professionals.