MCCC Signs Three-Year Agreement with ETS To Develop
Products and Services Tailored to Community Colleges' Needs

8-31-06


Signing the first agreement made between ETS and an institution of higher education are Acting President of Mercer County Community College Dr. Thomas N. Wilfrid, and ETS Senior Vice President of Higher Education Mari Perlman.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College (MCCC) signed a three-year agreement with Educational Testing Service (ETS) on August 29. The first such agreement between ETS and an institution of higher education, it will enable the two organizations to work together in developing and pilot-testing assessment and instructional solutions for community colleges. The agreement builds upon a relationship under which MCCC faculty, staff and students have pilot-tested several testing instruments for ETS over the past two years.

MCCC's Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid has been a member of ETS's National Community College Advisory Council since 2004. "Mercer County Community College is delighted that ETS, the world's pre-eminent educational testing organization, is expanding its focus on community colleges," he said. "As learner-centered, publicly-supported institutions, community colleges need valid, high-quality, and affordable means of helping students gauge their motivation and readiness for college, and for assessing student learning in particular courses and programs. This partnership between ETS and its local community college makes perfect sense for both organizations, and we hope it will be the first of many such agreements between ETS and community colleges. We recognize that our respective staffs have much to learn from each other, and we look forward to a long and mutually productive partnership."

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