In September 2015, Paragon Testing Enterprises entered into a partnership with the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus), Faculty of Education and Office of the Provost. Together Paragon and UBC are investing $1.8 million over a period of five years to enhance UBC’s standing as a global leader in research and graduate student training in the statistical science of measurement.
The UBC-Paragon partnership provides student financial support and an opportunity for students in the graduate program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM; Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of Education) to interact with international leaders in testing and language assessment.
This initiative is led by Professor Bruno Zumbo, the Paragon UBC Professor in Psychometrics and Measurement. Professor Zumbo is an internationally renowned research methodologist, measurement theorist, and applied statistician and mathematician. His program of research has had wide influence in language testing, psychometrics, validity theory, and educational and behavioural statistics. Professor Zumbo began his academic career in 1990 as a professor at the University of Ottawa in the Measurement and Evaluation Program, with an affiliated appointment in the Department of Mathematics. In 1994, he moved to the then newly opened University of Northern British Columbia where he was Professor of Psychology and Mathematics. In the spring of 2000, he was recruited to the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, with an eye toward further developing UBC’s Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) Program in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education. At UBC, his primary appointment is in the MERM Program, with additional appointments in the Department of Statistics and the Institute of Applied Mathematics. For more information about Professor Zumbo click here.
Activities associated with the UBC and Paragon Partnership include the following: