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April 2010

Release Date: April 27, 2010ASU Logo

ASU Prof Named to GRE Technical Advisory Committee

Dr. Carol B. Diminnie, a professor of management science at Angelo State University, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General Test.

The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills to help assess general student readiness for graduate-level work.

Graduate programs and business schools use GRE scores to evaluate applicants. Diminnie’s TAC term will run through 2012. Diminnie is one of 10 members on the committee and the only committee member not from a Tier 1 research institution. She will work with other psychometricians and statisticians from institutions such as the University of Minnesota, Duke University, University of Iowa and Washington University.

The TAC provides expertise in psychometrics, the field of study concerned with the construction and validation of measurement instruments, such as questionnaires and tests. The TAC’s primary responsibilities are to shape the research agenda for the GRE program, to provide technical and psychometric support, and to ensure the technical quality of both the final GRE research reports and of new GRE research proposals before they are released. The TAC evaluates the appropriateness and comprehensiveness of the overall research agenda in order to support a psychometrically sound assessment program.

The committee meets twice a year in Princeton, N.J., and works throughout the year reviewing research materials.

Diminnie joined the ASU faculty in 1996 as graduate dean, a position she held until returning to teaching in 2008. She holds her bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, her M.B.A. from St. Bonaventure University and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University.

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