Update from the President

Duane Goupell
Greetings to all of our NCTA members from Oshkosh, WI.  Summer is here and for many of us the pace of our work has changed.  For those fortunate ones, the pressures and demands of your work world have gone down some.  You are not as busy, maybe you have a reduced schedule, you are able to take some of that much needed vacation time.  Work seems a little more relaxed.  For others, the pace has increased with more placement tests, online and correspondence testing increasing as students try to complete classes they are taking.  Some of us need to spend time with the tasks of budget planning and employee performance evaluations.  Then, there are always those couple of extra projects that either the boss or you would like to get done.  And for some of us, there doesn’t seem to be any change at all.  Our job demands are constant throughout the year.

Regardless of your particular circumstances, we all need to take some time to rest, relax and recharge our batteries that have been greatly run down by all that we have to do.  I encourage you to take the time needed for yourself when you are able.  This summer I will be spending a week on the beach of Lake Michigan with my children and grandchildren.  We have made this an annual event since 2009 and one we all eagerly anticipate.  At the end of July my wife and I will be taking a two week bus tour of the Rockies, both in the U.S. and in Canada.  This is something I have wanted to do for some time and am looking forward to a wonderful experience.

I want to encourage you to consider the annual NCTA conference this year in Cincinnati, OH.  There have been some exciting changes made to the format of the conference this year that I think you will appreciate.  The length of the conference has been increased, we have added a second day to visit with our sponsors and exhibitors, and have tried to add more networking opportunities for all of us to enhance the total conference experience.  This is our major professional development activity for each year and should not be missed.  If you are not able to attend the conference, seriously consider the virtual conference.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those that are suffering from a travel ban to get attend the conference.  Enjoy the benefits of the conference from your office with coworkers or enjoy then at a later date when you are able to do so.  It is well worth the cost of the virtual conference.

Regardless of your circumstances, may the summer be what you need it to be for you.  Testing professionals are the most flexible and adaptable workers I have known.  We are able to shift gears at a moments notice and still perform at our usual high level.  I commend and congratulate each one of you.  I hope to see you in Cincinnati September 13-15.

Duane Goupell
NCTA PresidentSave