Western Governors University Selects The Chauncey Group International To Develop Assessment Tests

October 1, 2001

Princeton, NJ — Western Governors University (WGU), an online, competency-based university, has selected The Chauncey Group International® to develop additional assessment tests for WGU’s general education requirements in the area of quantitative literacy and in the area of language and communication.

Under the partnership, The Chauncey Group®, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service® (ETS®) will develop the objective portions of both tests and will also create the essay portion of the language and communication assessment.

Last fall, The Chauncey Group began working with Western Governors University to develop assessments for students seeking business degrees.

“We are pleased to extend our relationship with Western Governors University,” said Judith Moore, president and CEO of The Chauncey Group. “WGU understands that individuals can gain knowledge in many different ways, and it seeks to offer them formal credentials for what they know.”

WGU Provost Douglas B. Johnstone added, “We are very pleased to be continuing our partnership with The Chauncey Group — a leader in assessment development. Together we are creating new models in higher education and thus reaching out to an expanded group of learners in this country.”

According to Moore, the development process for the extended partnership includes guiding the writing of test questions, conducting test question review sessions, and conducting standard-setting activities for each of the assessments. WGU is a unique institution that offers degrees and certificates based completely on competencies — the ability to demonstrate skills and knowledge on a series of assessments — not on required courses.

WGU offers a mentoring program to assist students in preparing for the various assessments, and it offers distance-learning opportunities through an online catalog that lists courses and independent learning resources offered by dozens of colleges, universities and corporations across the United States.

About The Chauncey Group International®

The Chauncey Group International®, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service® (ETS®), is the leading provider of certification and licensing examinations for professionals, business and government. With 30 years of experience in designing, developing and administering occupational, licensure, certification and professional assessments, The Chauncey Group has helped customers define competencies and measure those competencies effectively and fairly. The Chauncey Group administered certification and licensure examinations to over two million candidates via paper-and-pencil, computer-based, and Internet-based testing programs in 57 countries over the past year. The Chauncey Group is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, with offices in Washington, D.C; Paris, France; and Kingston, Canada. The Chauncey Group also owns Experior Assessments, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based testing and licensing company that provides test development, test administration, licensing management, continuing education administration and other related services to regulatory authorities across the United States. For more information, visit the Web site at www.chauncey.com.

About WGU

WGU offers the only online competency-based degrees in the country. At the university’s Web site, www.wgu.edu, students can find competency-based degree programs, an online catalog of quality distance-learning courses, an online library, bookstore, and access to a personal WGU mentor who will guide a student through his or her customized degree program. WGU was founded and is supported by 19 states and governors as well as 24 leading corporations and foundations. WGU offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in three areas: IT, business and education.

Chauncey Group Contact:

Bill Cramer



WGU Contact:

John Becker