2021 Conference Update
My Dear NCME Colleagues,
I hope this message finds you all safe and healthy.
NCME has been pushing out quite a few announcements lately, including messages about the virtual training and presentation sessions originally scheduled for the 2020 San Francisco conference. We have sessions sprinkled throughout the summer and some more-concentrated sessions scheduled for September 9–11. I hope many of you can attend these sessions and engage with the NCME community in various lively discussions.
I have an update to share with membership regarding the 2021 NCME Conference. We are committed to having a full-fledged NCME conference in 2021. However, due to a variety of different reasons, we must delay releasing the Call for Proposal this year until mid-July. The deadline for proposal submission will also be extended, so our members can have the typical two-month period to work on individual and collaborative proposals. Our Program Chairs (Susan Davis Becker and Leslie Keng) and Training Chair (Sarah Quesen) have been hard at work trying to design a conference that offers exciting sessions and innovative ways to engage various audiences. We are currently planning an in-person conference. However, if the pandemic continues and it is not safe to get together in person, we will move to a virtual conference. Even with an in-person conference, our program chairs and training chair will plan the conference in such a way that we will accommodate both in-person and virtual attendance.
I have to be honest. When I was elected the NCME President, I had no idea what I was getting into. Being the NCME President is hard enough, but being the NCME President during a pandemic is simply overwhelming. COVID-19 has impacted our assessment industry in unimaginable ways. It is important, more than ever, that NCME members continue to put our talents toward working together to shape the assessment industry. COVID-19 will impact not only our work in the short term; it will also shape how we measure in the future. The best way for NCME is that we tackle these challenges head on, together. Our membership thrives on sharing our findings, our questions, our concerns, and our passion for measurement practices and research. We will continue to do that.
I thank you all for your continued support for NCME.
Ye Tong, Ph.D.