University Wide Testing Center pilot
The University Wide Testing Center is a pilot program that supports faculty in meeting their responsibilities to implement student testing accommodations. It also serves as a central location for students with excused absences (i.e. job interviews, family emergencies) to make up exams. The center currently works with seven departments during this pilot stage — biological sciences, economics and psychology in Harpur College; nursing and health and wellness in the Decker School; and mechanical, and electrical and computer engineering in the Watson School.
Staff in the center began working directly with students and faculty in October and were the testing locations for approximately 100 exams this semester (including finals). Students and faculty have appreciated the UWTC service. Students who previously finished exams in their professors’ offices or departmental conference rooms have enjoyed having a quiet, dedicated space to take their exam in its entirety. Faculty have been able to meet their students’ testing accommodations without having to find additional TAs or exam locations. A survey will be disseminated to assess the services and any improvements needed for spring 2016.