Accessibility Efforts Overview

Best efforts have been made to make Highlands College as accessible as possible; however, various tools and accessibility measurements exist to gauge a website’s level of compliance, each reporting different accessibility issues and compliance requirements – therefore, the information below details the specific considerations and tools that were used in the effort to make Highlands College accessible.


Compliance Levels

The Guidelines below were used as the benchmark against which the efforts to make Highlands College accessible were measured. The specific Compliance Levels and Guidelines considered include:

  • WCAG 2.1 Level A
  • WCAG 2.1 Level AA
  • WCAG 2.1 Level AAA
  • Section 508 – 2020 Version


Accessibility Tools

The Accessibility tools used to test and ensure the Accessibility of Highlands College include, but are not limited to:



Statement of Faith

Technical Standards for Admission to all Programs

HC is a rigorous and intense college experience that places specific requirements and demands on the students enrolled. The objective of HC is to prepare Traditional and Core Plus graduates to enter full-time ministry. These technical standards establish and identify the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to the College, to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an individual moving into a full-time ministry position. These qualities form the basis of the Technical Standards for admission to HC.

All students admitted to HC must possess the following abilities and meet the following expectations. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, the College will not admit the student. Compliance with the College’s Technical Standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for admission into HC.

Candidates for selection to HC will be required to verify they understand and meet these Technical Standards, or that they believe with reasonable accommodations, they can meet these Standards. The Admissions Committee will evaluate a student who states he/she can meet the College’s Technical Standards with reasonable accommodation and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws eligible for reasonable accommodations.

If a student states he/she can meet the Technical Standards with reasonable accommodation, the College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the Technical Standards with reasonable accommodation. The determination includes a review whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, considering whether accommodations would jeopardize the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, ministry training, student life requirements, and internships as deemed essential for graduation. These abilities and skills, as determined by HC, are as follows:

  • Observation Skills: A student must possess, hear, and recognize tone
  • Communication Skills: Students must be able to speak intelligibly and hear sufficiently to affect an adequate exchange of information with team members, church members, and others. A student must be able to read and write English effectively to fulfill college-level academic requirements and to maintain accurate records as needed in ministry.
  • Psychomotor Skills: Students must possess the physical skills, talents, and abilities to perform the essential physical task functions of academics and areas in ministry training. For example, those interested in pursuing the Worship Practicum or Directed Study must be able to sing and/or play an instrument.
  • Social Skills: Students must possess the physical and emotional health required for the application of their intellectual abilities and the appropriate and timely employment of sound judgment. Students must display compassion, sensitivity, and concern for others and maintain professional integrity
  • Cognitive Skills: Students must possess an aptitude for rapid problem solving and the capability to independently assess, interpret, and respond to pastoral scenarios and academic and ministry information.