CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Nov. 26, 2001
Coffman Lecture Series speaker to discuss challenges in international
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Michal Beller of Educational Testing Service will
be the guest lecturer at the seventh William E. Coffman Lecture Series at
3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Jones Commons, N300 of the Lindquist Center.
The title of her presentation is "International Perspective on Admissions
to Higher Education: Some Major Challenges." This presentation will describe
different admissions models used in various countries, discussing the question
of how to establish a fair and valid selection procedure for candidates from
various language groups who are applying to institutions of higher learning.
Beller currently heads a cluster of three research centers (assessment design,
higher education, and new constructs) at Educational Testing Service, and
will establish a fourth center focusing on E-learning and K-12 education.
Beller received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She served as director-general of the
National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE) from 1987 to 1995, and
later received an academic appointment at the Open University of Israel where
she was the founding director of the center for Technology Integration in
For more information, contact Bob Brennan, director of Iowa Testing Programs,