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Where Have We Been, How Did We Get There, and Where Shall We Go?

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  • CHARLES E. LANCE

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      Charles E. Lance. E-mail: clance@uga.edu
      Address: Department of Psychology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-3013.
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      Charles E. Lance, Department of Psychology, The University of Georgia.

  • Charles E. Lance, Department of Psychology, The University of Georgia.

    This work was supported in part by National Institute on Aging Grant 5R01AG15321-10, Gail M. Williamson principal investigator and National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant R01DA019460-01A1, Lillian Eby, principal investigator.

Charles E. Lance. E-mail: clance@uga.edu
Address: Department of Psychology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-3013.

Abstract

Commentators expressed a wide variety of views on my evaluation of the state of assessment center (AC) research and practice. In this response, I first trace the evolution of the construct validity paradox “urban legend.” Next, I consider the commentators’ comments as they relate to (a) my recommendation to abandon dimension-based ACs in lieu of task- or role-based structures (b) my recommendation to discontinue design fix attempts toward making ACs conform to multitrait–multimethod construct validity criteria, and (c) considerations of construct validity and validation evidence. Finally, I offer some directions for future AC research and practice.

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