ERIC Number: ED242367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Cost/Benefit Analysis of the Moraine Valley Community College Testing Center, Palos Hills, Illinois.
In 1969, the Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) Testing Center was established to provide a controlled atmosphere in which students could take tests assigned by their instructors. In 1983, a study of the center was conducted involving: (1) a review of ERIC materials, a survey of area colleges, and site visits to other educational testing centers to gather comparative information on staffing, procedures, and functions; (2) an analysis of the per-test cost of administering tests at the center compared to the cost of administering tests in-class; and (3) an analysis of the benefits of the center as observed by its staff and revealed by instructor comments. The study revealed that no other college used its testing facility with the same volume and variety of tests as MVCC; that the MVCC Testing Center was somewhat more sophisticated in regard to test scoring and reporting; and that it provided the greatest number of testing hours and the best test security. The cost analysis found that the Testing Center administered exams for 49% of the cost of a faculty member administering an exam ($0.77 compared to $1.73). Faculty and Testing Center staff felt the benefits of the center included the use of faculty time for teaching rather than test administration; increased time for and convenience of test taking for students; prompt feedback; and privacy. Recommendations for incorporating practices of the other testing centers are included in the report. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Moraine Valley Community Coll., Palos Hills, IL.