Executive Director, Center for Test Development Services

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Mika Hoffman, Excelsior CollegeMika Hoffman is the executive director of Testing Development Services at Excelsior College. She came to Excelsior from the Department of Defense, where she served as the dean of the Test Development Division at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, managing the high-stakes Defense Language Proficiency Testing program.  She earned a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College, an MA with Distinction in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (French) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



  • Competency-Based Education
  • Credit by Exam
  • Open Educational Resources
  • MOOCs
  • Assessment
  • Program Management
  • Test Developer Training
  • Foreign Language Testing
  • French Language


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
  • Master of Arts, Teaching of Foreign Language, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, French, Swarthmore College, 1986

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