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Virtual University Enterprises
Scott Allison

NCS Fills Key Positions in Licensing and Certification Business

NCS Rapidly Advancing with Testing Center Strategy

Minneapolis, Minn. April 17, 2000 — National Computer Systems, Inc. (NCS) (NASDAQ: NLCS), announced today that it has hired Anthony Zara, Ph.D. and Bob Whelan to key positions in its previously announced licensing and certification testing business. Dr. Zara will head up NCS’ electronic testing program for professional licensing. Bob Whelan will be responsible for creating, staffing and operating a national network of 200 NCS-operated testing centers.

Dr. Zara is a nationally recognized expert in psychometrics and comes to NCS after 13 years at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (National Council). While at the National Council he designed and directed feasibility studies for Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). Under his guidance the National Council became the first professional organization to use CAT and electronic exam delivery in its licensure program. At NCS, Dr. Zara will initially focus on the successful launch of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX® examination) in its new electronic format, later lending his expertise to other licensing programs as they convert to computer-based testing.

Eloise Cathcart, executive director of the National Council, said, “While we are very sorry that Anthony Zara is leaving the National Council, we are happy that he has accepted this position with NCS. Tony had several career choices; we are thrilled that we will continue to work with Tony as we transition our testing over to NCS.”

Mr. Whelan most recently served as vice president of Business Development at Personnel Decisions International in Minneapolis; he brings extensive experience in high stakes testing, large-scale program management and business development. At NCS he is charged with creating, operating and staffing NCS’ nation-wide testing center network while meeting the unique challenges and specifications outlined in the National Council contract.

Jeffrey Sugerman, general manager of NCS Licensing and Certification said, “The addition of Anthony Zara and Bob Whelan reflects our commitment to building a world-class electronic testing network for licensing clients. As more licensing programs make the decision to transition to computer-based testing at NCS, our clients will find Tony and Bob to be invaluable resources.”

Headquartered in Minneapolis, NCS is a global information services company providing software, services, systems and Internet-based technologies for the collection, management and interpretation of data. NCS serves important segments of the education, testing, assessment and complex data management markets with nearly 5,000 employees serving its customers from more than 30 locations worldwide.

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