Mika Hoffman, PhD.

Executive Director, Test Development Services

Mika Hoffman, Excelsior CollegeDr. Mika Hoffman is the executive director of test 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 B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College, an M.A. with Distinction in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (French) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a Ph. D. 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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