While attending theNational College Testing Association2010 Conference in Atlanta, Mike Baumer of Wright State University, Jim Kalna of Columbus State Community College and Shara Freeman from University of Cincinnati Clermont began discussions regarding the creation of a state/regional organizational version of the NCTA for Ohio. Similar conversations were also being held among Heidi Pettyjohn of the University of Cincinnati, Brian Endicott of The Ohio State University, and Amy Gordon of Youngstown State University. In the spring of 2011, these two groups found each other through the NCTA listserv and began formally charting the path for creating the Ohio College Testing Association.
The first OCTA State Conference was held in June of 2012 the following year to stimulate support for this Ohio organization. The approval gained from the statewide support from testing member professionals from all across Ohio energized the group to formalize the initial Governing Board and starte the journey of OCTA.
This group then secured an NCTA grant to fund the second OCTA State Conference in May 2013, and saw over 82 members attend! We all owe a huge thanks to our founding individuals who had the vision to bring people together in a formal organization that provides professional support and development to those that provide various forms of testing services in colleges and universities in Ohio.....and beyond!
In the Spring of 2017 discussions began about expanding OCTA and becoming a reginal association to include the Great Lakes after many years of active particiaption from neighboring states. This idea became a reality in the Spring of 2018 as we became The Great Lakes College Testing Association!