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Release: Nov. 26, 2001

Coffman Lecture Series speaker to discuss challenges in international college admissions

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 Distance Education.

For more information, contact Bob Brennan, director of Iowa Testing Programs, at 335-5405.