Higher Ed in 4k Project

An accessibility analysis of up to 100 web pages from every college and university in the United States (nearly 4,000 higher education institutions).

The baseline set of results were obtained and analyzed in November 2019. A follow-up analysis of the same web pages was conducted in November 2020.

The 4k project considers the automatically detectable errors that can be identified by WAVE.

Using the search box on this page, results for each institution in our project can be retrieved.


There are two main purposes for the 4k Project:

  1. To document the progress of United State’s higher education intitution’s efforts to improve web accessibility.
  2. To encourage and empower higher education groups to improve their accessibility.

A living project

The 4k project is a living project. This means if an institution requests access to their free 4k account, they can rescan their project pages and find the updated results on the 4k.pope.tech website.

Interpreting the results

All automated tools, including WAVE, have limitation—only 25% to 35% of possible conformance failures can be automatically detected. Absence of detectable errors does not indicate that a site is accessible or compliant. Still, the data presented in this project provide a meaningful representation of the state of web accessibility in Higher Ed. "Errors" are WAVE-detected, accessibility barriers that have notable end user impact and are likely WCAG 2 Level A/AA conformance failures.

Annual Reports

Access your institutions 4k account

You can request access to your institution's 4k project account. This free account will let you review pages scanned, identify errors, and rescan after you have fixed the errors. Your improvements will be reflected in the overall results and when you look up your institution in 4k project.

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