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Posted 02/16/2018

North Carolina Central University Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to North Carolina Central University for achieving Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association.  Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

Located in Durham, North Carolina, North Carolina Central University was established in 1909 and opened on July 5, 2010.  President Woodrow Wilson contributed support for the school's founding.  The school has over 9,000 students and offers degrees at the bachelor, master, and doctorate level.  Like many schools, it has gone thru a number of name changes over the years until 1969 when it was named North Carolina Central University.

 

Posted 02/02/2018

Portland State University Achieves Test Center Re-certification

Congratulations to Portland State University for achieving Test Center Re-certification.  Portland State first achieved certification back in 2012 and was the 12th institution to be awarded such certification.  Today, they became re-certified for another five years. 

Congratulations to Heather Goah and the entire staff of the Portland State University Center for Student Health and Counseling-Testing Services for continuing to provide excellent test administration.  NCTA salutes you for continuing to follow our standards and guidelines at the highest levels.  Stand up and take a bow, you have earned and deserve it.

 

Posted 02/02/2018

Nominating Committee Accepting Nominations for 2018 Board Elections

The NCTA Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the 2018 election of board positions.  In accordance with the bylaws, the Nominating Committee collects and reviews nominations and compiles the final ballot. Voting will take place in April.

This year, there are three seats to be filled; each seat represents a three year term on the Governing Council beginning with the September 2018 conference and ending with the 2021 conference.

Interested candidates must be collegiate members in good standing and if elected are expected to attend three GC meetings per year (one at the conclusion of the annual conference, one in late fall, and one in the spring); travel expenses and a per diem are covered by NCTA for the fall and spring meetings.  They are also expected to participate actively on the GC and serve on one of the six divisions.

The nominations period opens today, Thursday, February 1, and will close Wednesday, February 28, 2018. In making a nomination, whether nominating a colleague or self-nominating, the nomination must include the following:

  • A cover letter describing why the nominee should be considered for service on the Board; this letter should specifically address service to NCTA (committees, conference support and organizing committees, conference presenter, conference moderator, etc.) as well as relevant personal qualities. Leadership experience is a plus.
  • A current vitae or resume if self-nominated or a description of leadership experience if other nominated (current vitae/resume will be requested of the nominee before decisions about the final ballot are made).
  • The names of 2 NCTA colleagues who can address the nominee's relevant experience and qualifications to run for the Board.

Nomination materials including the names of two NCTA references should be sent to [email protected] no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

 

Posted 01/30/2018

NCTA Governing Council Election Cycle Opens February 1

The annual NCTA Governing Council election cycle will open on Thursday February 1.  There will be three positions open for the Governing Council for three year terms. The specifics of the nomination process will be given on Thursday.  The deadline for submitting nomination materials will be Wednesday February 28.  Voting will be conducted April 1 - April 21. Watch for the announcement on Thursday, February 1.

 

Posted 01/23/2018

Marian University Achieves Test Center Re-certification

Congratulations to Marian University for achieving Test Center Re-certification.  Marian first achieved certification back in July 2012, being the 15th test center to receive NCTA Test Center Certification.  Today, they became re-certified for another five years.  

Congratulations to Joyce Smith and the entire staff at the Marian University, Center for Academic Support and Excellence-Case Office for maintaining excellence in test administration.  NCTA salutes you for a job well done in following our principles and guidelines.  Stand up and take a bow, you have earned it.

 

Posted 01/22/2018

Howard Community College Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to Howard Community College for achieving Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association. Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

Located in Columbia, Maryland, Howard Community College was founded in 1966 by the Howard County Board of Education.  Construction for the school began in June 1969 and the first classes took place in October 1970.  That first class had 600 students, today Howard Community College serves about 29,000 students in more than 100 programs.

 

 

posted 01/18/2018

Laramie County Community College Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to Laramie County Community College for achieving Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association. Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

Located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Laramie County Community College is a full service community college established in 1968.  The school offers nearly 800 associate degrees and almost 30 certificates of completion.  The school serves over 6,000 students annually and has articulation agreements with about 20 universities to make sure that most class credits will transfer.

 

Posted 01/12/2018

Community College of Aurora Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to the Community College of Aurora for achieving Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association. Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

Located in Aurora, Colorado, the Community College of Aurora began in the 1950's when a group of citizens wanted to have a community college close to their community.  Through its efforts, it was able to gather citizens of the community, business, educational, and civic organizations together to bring this to fruition.  In May of 1983, the Colorado General Assembly created the Community College of Aurora.  Today CCA is a modern, up to date institution serving the Aurora community.
 

Posted 12/13/2017

NCTA To Participate in ATP's Featured Speaker Series

NCTA has been asked to participate in a cross-industry panel as part of the Association of Test Publisher’s Featured Speakers series at the 2018 Innovations in Testing Conference in San Antonio, Texas, February 18-21. As part of the Featured Speakers series, ATP is promoting the value of testing across the assessment industry.

Last year, NCTA joined several industry associations on a panel focused on how negative media coverage, the opt-out movement, and recertification challenges have raised questions about the value of standardized testing.  The panel discussed efforts and challenges to positively lead conversations concerning the value of assessments.   In 2018, the conversation will continue to highlight what has been done and what work still needs to be accomplished. A short abstract is below:

Communicating the Value of Testing

The testing industry impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, from healthcare, structural engineering, and air quality, to education, finances, and insurance, just to name a few.  Despite this impact, testing has received significant negative attention from media and various legislative officials.  As a result, test publishers and credential issuers are facing growing needs to better explain the value of quality testing and the rigor which it entails.  Join experts from across various assessment industry associations to discuss the value of testing to our communities and how we can better communicate and positively demonstrate that value.  Additional information on this initiative can be found at:  http://www.innovationsintesting.org/leading-the-conversation.aspx.
 

Posted 12/12/2017

Ivy Tech Community College Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to the following testing center locations of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana for achieving Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association. Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

Ivy Tech Community College, Anderson
Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus
Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville
Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne
Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis
Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo
Ivy Tech Community College, Lawrence
Ivy Tech Community College, Lawrenceburg
Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette
Ivy Tech Community College, Madison
Ivy Tech Community College, Marion
Ivy Tech Community College, Muncie
Ivy Tech Community College, Richmond

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campus and site locations throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.

 

Posted 12/11/2017

Indiana State University Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to Indiana State University in Terre Haute for achieving Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association. Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

Indiana State University was founded in 1865 as the Indiana State Normal School. The core mission of the school was to educate elementary and high school teachers. It was renamed Indiana State University in 1965. The Princeton Review has named Indiana State as one of the "Best in the Midwest" for 13 consecutive years. ISU is noted for its focus on public service and is a member of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

 
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