Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark

Test Accommodation Coordinator, Testing Accommodations Center

Author: Kristyn Sonnenberg
Photographer: Photo courtesy of Lisa Clark

In the 16 months since Lisa Clark became University of Michigan’s first Test Accommodation Coordinator, she has garnered the praise of many. Lisa had been working for 7.5 years as an Academic Advisor/Certification Officer at the School of Education when the College of Literature, Science, and Arts recruited her for this new position at the Testing Accommodations Center (TAC). As Stuart Segal, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, wrote in his nomination letter, “Lisa Clark was hired to turn the TAC from an idea into a reality. LSA could not have made a better choice.”

When Lisa was hired, the Testing Accommodations Center was merely a room in the Modern Languages Building, a new program with no precedents in place. Lisa was excited to be a part of the team and took the initiative to expand her knowledge base by contacting other colleges and joining the Michigan Association of Higher Education and Disabilities. Within months, she hired proctors and put together the procedures, equipment, and policies for a center that now provides hundreds of students who have documented disabilities with a distraction-free setting for quizzes and exams.

A number of departments within LSA, including Biology, Physics, Economics, History, Romance Languages, Chemistry, and Mathematics, have trusted Lisa and the TAC to administer tests to their students in need of special accommodations such as extended time or use of a computer.  Diane Spillane, Ph.D., who teaches one large enrollment course in Biology and coordinates another, says she was hesitant to utilize the TAC before she found out how simple Lisa made the process. She finds that “Lisa is pleasant, easy to deal with, and clearly is extremely supportive of the students at the University of Michigan.” Lisa notes that one of the greatest delights of her job is being able to “provide a resource for students and work to elevate the quality of testing accommodations.”

Despite all of her accomplishments in making the TAC a success, Lisa stresses that she could not do it alone. She enjoys the team environment at the TAC and says that its success “is built on the collaboration between many departments across the College.” The 2,000+ students at UM with registered disabilities no doubt appreciate the exemplary service provided.

Outside of leading the TAC, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family at their cabin up north.  She loves being outdoors and stays active with golfing, kayaking, and hiking.

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