Update from the President

Dear NCTA Members,

I am very excited and honored to serve NCTA as President for 2020-2022. Due to the strong leadership of former President, Jarret Dyer, other prior presidents, board members, and committees, NCTA has made substantial advancements in its mission to promote professional administration of testing services and programs. I am appreciative to be able to follow in their footsteps and build upon the foundation they have created for NCTA.

It is important to acknowledge that the last several months have been different for all of us in some way, shape, or form due to the pandemic. Many of us are working remotely, just starting to return to the office, or perhaps settling in to a new normal. NCTA’s mission to promote professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs, however, remains unchanged. NCTA and its members have been invaluable by helping each other navigate these unchartered waters and continuing the work we do with the highest levels of quality and integrity.

Guided by our mission and strategic plan, I have identified the following priorities for the next two years:

  • Engage in Dialogue
  • Expand Collaborations
  • Encourage Members

Engage in Dialogue
NCTA’s members are experts in their field. We need to leverage that expertise to further research and practice. To start is simple. It begins with engaging in dialogue with others in the testing industry, others at our institutions, and others within NCTA. By engaging in dialogue, we can share ideas and provide guidance with others. This will further our mission by enhancing professional testing practices.

Expand Collaborations
In a similar vein, NCTA is not alone. Its mission and expertise are highly regarded by other organizations. We need to continue to develop and support partnerships with them to enhance our practices and further our reach. Collaborations are an opportunity to make larger strides in our mission to promote professionalism and quality in testing services. 

Encourage Members
At the core of NCTA’s mission are its members. This priority focuses on supporting and encouraging you to participate in NCTA’s offerings and get involved in NCTA. Using the results from the Membership Survey administered by the Growth and Outreach and Membership Engagement divisions over the summer, we will plan for opportunities for professional development and professional support activities.

I am confident that together we can make great progress on these priorities and thereby make great progress towards NCTA’s mission and strategic plan. I look forward to working with the Governing Council and all of you to lead the organization. 

I hope all of you take care and stay well. I look forward to seeing all of you in person again, but know that you can contact me at any time at [email protected].

Rachel Hample
NCTA President

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