Who Are We?

The Great Lakes College Testing Association is an organization dedicated to advancing the profession of post-secondary testing and assessment in the Great Lakes region by providing professional development opportunities, resources and networking to its members.  We welcome any and all Great Lakes College Testing professionals to join!

GLCTA Mission:

GLCTA strives to enhance relationships between our institutional testing centers, exam vendors, NCTA and higher education officials in our region to promote standards of excellence and guidelines for professionalism related to the delivery of test administration services within student and community populations of the Great Lakes.

GLCTA Goals:

  1. Enhance professional testing practices and guidelines
  2. Provide opportunities for professional development
  3. Provide professional support and networking opportunities
  4. Advance collaborative efforts among testing professionals, testing companies and leverage existing consortiums and partnerships for the benefit of GLCTA membership
  5. Leverage GLCTA activities and membership to strengthen NCTA membership and participation
  6. Reach, develop and positively impact GLCTA membership in a practical and economic manner, reducing travel/conference expenses and allowing greater engagement and participation in the GLCTA and NCTA experience.

History of the Great Lakes College Testing Association

While attending the National College Testing Association (NCTA) 2010 conference in Atlanta, Mike Baumer of Wright State University, Jim Kalna of Columbus State Community College and Shara Freeman from the University of Cincinnati Clermont began discussions regarding the creation of a state/regional organizational version of the NCTA for Ohio.  Similar conversations were also being held between Heidi Pettyjohn of the University of Cincinnati, Brian Endicott of The Ohio State University and Amy Gordon of Youngstown State university.  In the spring of 2011, these two groups found each other through the NCTA listserv and began formally charting a path for creation of the Ohio College Testing Association (OCTA).

The first OCTA state conference was held in June of 2012 to stimulate support for this Ohio organization.  The approval gained from the statewide support from testing member professionals from all across Ohio energized the group to formalize the initial governing board and start the journey of OCTA.

This group then secured an NCTA grant to fund the second OCTA state Conference in May 2013, and saw over 82 members attend.  We owe a huge thanks to our founding members who had the vision to bring people together in a formal organization which provides professional support and development to testing professionals in colleges and universities in Ohio...and now beyond!

In the spring of 2017, discussions began regarding expansion of OCTA to a regional association which would include the Great Lakes states, due to years of active participation from testing professionals in neighboring states.  This idea became a reality in the spring of 2018 as we officially became the Great Lakes College Testing Association.

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Become a Member of GLCTA

Whether you're new to testing or are a seasoned testing professional, we'd love to have you join our organization.  Network with fellow testing colleagues, learn more about the field, participate in events and professional development opportunities and even volunteer for a Board position.  Our membership levels are listed below.  To join, simply choose your membership level and pay online.  

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The Great Lakes College Testing Association (GLCTA) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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