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Taking on the elephant in the room: Implementing innovative procurement processes in a large University system

Proposal No: 2978

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Speaker(s)

  • Tom Siechert, ATI Procurement Program Manager, California State University, Fresno
  • Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI), CSU Office of the Chancellor
  • Sue Cullen, Assistant Director, ATI, CSU Office of the Chancellor
  • Dawn Futrell, Accessible Technology Specialist, CSU Office of the Chancellor

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

The CSU has developed a standardized Accessible Procurement Process that can be adapted or adopted to assist campuses in developing their own accessible procurement processes.

Abstract

The CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) was established to target the elimination of accessibility barriers, with a focus on web-based resources and materials, instructional materials, and procurement. Eliminating access barriers in Electronic and Information Technology benefits all people, not only persons with a disability. The cost to provide accommodations often can be reduced or eliminated by considering accessibility considerations at the time of purchase. Across the 23 CSU campuses, several different approaches to establishing Accessible Procurement processes emerged over the first few years of the ATI. In response, the CSU embarked on a systemwide project to provide a standardized framework and recommended best practices. The project team included staff from six diverse CSU campuses and the CSU Office of the Chancellor, and led to the creation of the CSU Standardized Accessible Procurement process – a process which could then be adopted or adapted by any CSU campus.

Keypoints

  1. Learn how to implement an accessible procurement process on a campus
  2. Learn how to proactively plan for providing equally effective access for products which aren't 100% accessible
  3. Understand the campus roles and responsibilities involved in implementing an accessible procurement process

Speaker Bio(s)

Tom Siechert

Tom Siechert is the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) Procurement Program Manager at Fresno State. In addition to his ATI-related responsibilities, Tom also serves at the campus’ Senior IT Buyer in the Procurement department. Since 2007, Tom has chaired the campus ATI Procurement subcommittee and has served as a member of the campus ATI Steering committee. He is a member of the CSU Accessible Technology Network (CSU ATN) and has been an active contributor to the CSU Accessible Procurement standardization workgroup since its inception. In 2014, Tom was an invited panelist at EDUCAUSE and gave a presentation on the topic of IT Accessibility and Procurement. He is currently leading campus efforts to pilot the recently established CSU Accessible Procurement process at Fresno State.

Cheryl Pruitt

Cheryl is the Director of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) for the California State University (CSU) System. She oversees the ATI implementation across the CSU 23 campus system. Cheryl has been involved with the ATI since the beginning in 2007, first at the campus level, then at the systemwide level. Under her leadership the system has made significant progress towards implementing ATI process improvement in the areas of web accessibility, accessible procurement, and accessible instructional materials. She is currently managing several projects that are moving the initiative forward they include implementation of an ATI reporting process to measure the systemwide progress towards the ATI goals; creation of synergy projects resulting in systemwide shared services that are delivering cost savings; and a high level of cross-campus collaboration through the ATI Communities of Practice.

Sue Cullen

Sue Cullen is the Assistant Director of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) for the California State University (CSU) System. Prior to joining the CSU Office of the Chancellor, Sue served as the campus ATI Executive Sponsor Designee, and created and directed the Universal Design Center (UDC) at California State University, Northridge. Sue trained the professional staff and paraprofessional students at the UDC to provide services to both CSU Northridge and the CSU. In addition, Sue helped build the CSU Accessible Technology Network (ATN), which is comprised of accessibility experts both inside and outside the CSU.

Sue has a national reputation for IT Accessibility expertise, and is regularly called upon to present on IT accessibility and usability topics at national conferences.

Dawn Futrell

Dawn Futrell is an Accessible Technology Specialist for the California State University (CSU) System. She is a member of the Accessible Technology Initiative team at the CSU Chancellor’s Office. She has been involved in ATI activities since 2008, first at the Sacramento State and more recently at the Chancellor’s Office.  Dawn has made significant contributions to the ATI implementation in the areas of Procurement and Instructional Materials. Dawn leads the CSU Procurement Community of Practice where she engages community members from all twenty-three campuses in collaborative activities. She also leads several projects in the CSU Accessible Technology Network which provide shared services to the CSU system.

Handout(s)

Powerpoint: Implementing Innovative Procurement Processes