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Under the supervision of Dr. Fahad M. Alkolibi, vice rector for development and quality, a King Saud University group recently took part in the first International Conference on Assessment and Evaluation (ICA-2012).

The conference, titled “Admission Criteria in Higher Education,” was held in early December at the Intercontinental Hotel in Riyadh. Dr. Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Mishari Al Saud, president of the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education (NCA), was the general director.

The conference’s goals were:

  • To enrich academic research on admission tests and their criteria
  • To improvethe academic and professional aspects of personnel in the field of admission testing
  • To educate society about the criteria of admission tests
  • To survey the best international practices in admission criteria
  • To involve international experts in research related to local needs of society

KSU was among several Saudi universities to participate in this event, along with committees and associations from the Kingdom and abroad.

Prof. Dakheel Al-Dakilallah, a professor of social psychology in KSU’s College of Education, read his research on “Content Analysis of Saudi Newspaper Articles about NCA,” and Dr. Eqbal Z. Darandari, vice dean of the Development Deanship and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, read her paper on “Saudi College Admission Test with Respect to Current Validity Research.”

As part of the conference, KSU’s Vice Rectorate of Development and Quality exhibited a display of its procedures in areas pertaining to the conference. The display was developed in cooperation with KSU’s Deanship of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, the Preparatory Year Deanship and the Deanship of Admission and Registration. It was opened by Dr. Khalid Al-Angari, Minister of Higher Education.

King Saud UniversityThe KSU display was popular with participants and guests, including state officials and academics. Among those in attendancee was Prince Faisal bin Mishari Al-Saud, president of the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education (NCAHE), which organized the event.

The conference also included workshops on “Using Item Response Theory in Test Development” and “The Monte Carlo Simulation.”

Item Response Theory (IRT) is a paradigm for the design, analysis and scoring of tests, questionnaires and similar instruments for measuring abilities, attitudes or other variables.

The Monte Carlo simulation is a computerized mathematical technique that allows people to account for risk in quantitative analysis and decision making.

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