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Distance Learning Testing Centers earn national recognition

The National College Testing Association (NCTA) recently awarded Test Center Certification to the WKU Distance Learning (DL) Testing Centers. This distinction has been granted to only a few centers in the U.S. and Canada. The certification will be in place for five years and can be renewed by demonstrating continued compliance to national standards.

Director of Distance Learning Julie Uranis said that the WKU Testing Center staff should be commended for successfully completing the certification.

“It’s vitally important for those needing educational, certification and licensure tests to have access to secure testing environments led by qualified staff,” Uranis said. “This certification establishes the WKU DL Testing Centers as a national leader in providing exceptional testing practices. I hope it inspires other post-secondary test centers to do the same.”

According to DL Testing Centers Coordinator Tabatha Spain Phillips, the criteria to achieve this certification are rigorous.

“It takes a significant amount of work to maintain the high test administration standards,” Phillips said. “We are proud of the excellent testing services we provide and are honored to receive this recognition.”

The criteria are based on the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines, which were developed to guide post-secondary test centers in the delivery of quality testing programs.

The National College Testing Association (NCTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of professionalism and high quality service in the administration of testing programs. The NCTA offers certification to college and university test centers that demonstrate exemplary practices. NCTA membership numbers more than 2,000 testing professionals from 615 colleges and universities as well as 42 test companies and organizations offering test-related products and services.

The WKU DL Testing Centers are located in Garrett Conference Center Room 108 and South Campus Room C240. Contact the WKU DL Testing Centers at 270-745-5122 or visit www.wku.edu/testing for information about the numerous testing services available. For information on the NCTA, visit www.ncta-testing.org.

DL Testing Centers are part of WKU Distance Learning, a unit of Extended Learning and Outreach. www.wku.edu/delo.

Contact: Tabatha Spain Phillips, (270) 745-5122

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