Partner of the Month: Diane Bartko

Screenshot of the Office of the Registrar Web SiteThis month, we’re recognizing a person who has gone beyond all expectations help her department achieve complete compliance: Associate Registrar for Data Research Diane Bartko.

Huge Challenges

Early on, Diane realized that the Registrar’s Web site faces huge challenges, with more than 160 Web pages and hundreds of downloadable documents and forms to check for accessibility. The site includes periodic reports on enrollment, cancelled classes, final exam schedules and many more which are updated frequently. All of that information needs to be readily available to all visitors to the Web site and much of it is in the form of downloadable documents which require extra work to be made accessible.

Rolling Up Her Sleeves

Diane dove right in, attending many of our Web Accessibility Awareness sessions, as well as our WordPress training classes and our workshops on Accessible Documents. On her own, she signed up for Webinars offered by others; to learn all she could about what is required to meet the Purdue Calumet Web Policy guidelines.

She has met with University Relations and she has asked for help when she needed it. We know, first hand, that Diane has spent many frustrating hours battling Adobe Acrobat Pro in making sure that the PDFs she uploads are tagged and accessible.

On the Road to Accessibility

Web Accessibility is not a destination. It is most definitely a journey, and Diane continues to work hard to bring the Registrar’s site into compliance.

We have said this before. We will say it again. We are encouraged by the way the Purdue University Calumet campus community as a whole has embraced the efforts to make our Web presence accessible to everyone.

Next month, we will recognize another Web Accessibility Partner of the Month!