Peggy Bell Hendrickson

  • Over 100 presentations and publications, covering diploma mills, educational systems around the world, and evaluation tools and methods
  • Charter member of TAICEP
  • Past editor of TAICEP TALK and NAFSA wRAP-Up newsletters
  • Preeminent research geek and mentor
  • Peggy Bell Hendrickson 
  • peggy@transcriptresearch.com
  • 214.810.1124 






  • University of North Texas, Bachelor of Business Administration, Dec 2002  University of North Texas, Master of Arts, May 2006  
  • University of North Texas, Bachelor of Arts, August 2007  


  • 2009-present Transcript Research Dallas, TX 
    • Director and Senior Credentials Evaluator  
  • 2017-2018 Foreign Credentials Services of America Austin, TX
    • Senior Credentials Evaluator 
  • 2009-2016 AACRAO International Education Services Washington, D.C.
    • Senior Credentials Evaluator  
    • Conference Presenter 
    • EDGE Contributing Author 
  • 2007-2009 International Academic Credentials Evaluators Denton, TX
    • Senior Credentials Evaluator  
    • Researcher  
  • 2001-2011 University of North Texas Denton, TX
    • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Women’s Studies (2006-2011)  
    • Assistant Director, International Admissions (2006-2009)  
    • International Education Advisor II (2004-2006)  
    • International Education Advisor I (2003-2004)  
    • Administrative Assistant (2001-2003) 
    • National Association of International Athletics
    • International Records Committee The Connection Advisory Group 
  • NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, Credentials Evaluation Co-Editor, 2007-2009  NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, Managing Editor, 2009-2011 
  • NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, Acquisitions and Content Editor, 2011-2012 NAFSA Trainer Corps Member, 2008-2011, 2014-2015 
  • Charter Member, (TAICEP) The Association for International Credential Evaluation  Professionals, 2013-present 
  • TAICEP Resources Committee, and Verification Sub-Committee, 2014-present TAICEP Digital Records Task Force member, 2019-present 
  • TAICEP Newsletter Editor, 2015-2018 
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators  
  • NACES Membership Committee, 2015-present 
  • NACES Strategic Planning Committee, 2014-present 


  • NAFSA state meeting: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,  2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019  
  • NAFSA regional conference: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,  2018, 2019, 2020 
  • NAFSA (inter)national conference: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 
  • TACRAO state conference: 2007, 2012, 2018 
  • AACRAO annual meeting: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 
  • TAICEP annual meeting: 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020


  • Foundations of International Education: Foreign Educational Credentials Analysis, May 2007  o F-1 Regulations for Beginners, November 2007  
  • NAFSA Academy IV for International Education, December 2007  
  • Associate of Metroplex International Educators (AMIE) Secretary/Treasurer, 2007-2008 o NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter Credentials Evaluation Co-Editor, 2007-2009 o NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter Managing Editor, 2009-2011 
  • ECE webinars on fraud, advanced Chinese credentials, Anglophone Africa, Nigeria, 2011  o WES webinars on fraud, secondary education (Germany, Norway, Brazil, Columbia), and  obtaining authentic credentials in Africa, 2011 
  • EducationUSA/ECE webinar on Educational System updates in Ukraine, January 2012  o ECE webinars on Vietnam and France, 2012 
  • EducationUSA Update on Syria, February 2013 
  • ECE webinars on Germany, Credential Evaluation, UK Vocational/Technical, Philippines,  Haiti, Diploma Mills, 2013 
  • NAFSA webinar on Preventing Document Fraud, March 2013  
  • ECE webinars on India, Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and  Libya, Syria and Iraq, Ukraine, Russian Federation, Nigeria, Mexico, Iraq, Germany, 2014 o TAICEP webinars on Educational Documentation and Colombian Education, 2015  o EducationUSA webinar on Kazakhstan, March 2015 
  • AACRAO webinar on Fraud (Axact scam), October 2015 
  • ECE webinars on Hong Kong and Singapore, China, Egypt, Vietnam, Iran, Indonesia, Cuba,  Ecuador, Colombia, China, Japan and Korea, Central Asia, Malaysia, Kenya and Ghana, and  Poland, 2015 
  • EAIE Webinar on Qualifications Recognition for Refugees, January 2016 o ECE webinars on Baltic Regions, 2016 
  • AACRAO webinar on Syria, China, 2016 
  • TAICEP webinars on China, Philippines, 2016 
  • TAICEP webinars on 2016 Conference topics, Caribbean Exams, 2017 o AACRAO Symposium on Three-Year Bologna-Compliant Degrees, September 2017 o AICE Symposium on Accreditation, March 2018 
  • ACCRAO/UK NARIC webinar on UK Secondary Education, May 2018 o TAICEP webinars on Nursing Education, Groningen Declaration, Secondary Education 2018 o ACCRAO Webinar on British GCSE and A Levels, May 2019  
  • ACIE Webinar on Indonesia, July 2019 
  • TAICEP webinars on Failing Grades, Credentials Evaluation, Online Verification, Chinese  Degrees, Caribbean Medical Accreditation, 2019 
  • ECE webinar on Transnational Education, January 2020 
  • CIS webinar: What Is School Accreditation?, March 2020 
  • Pearson Qualifications 101: a practical guide to Edexcel and BTEC credentials, March 2020 o BC Council for International Education webinar: Mexico’s Education Sector Today, May 2020  o AACRAO Webinars: The Coronavirus: Implications and Recommendations for Admissions and Registrars Offices; Testing Services Roundtable; CXC Examinations and the Impact of  COVID-19, AACRAO EDGE; Education System Updates for Azerbaijan and Georgia; March June 2020 
  • EducationUSA webinar: Eastern Caribbean: CXC, May 2020 
  • TAICEP At Your Desk webinar series, International Credential Evaluation in Challenging  Times; What is the Impact of the COVI-19 Virus on Higher Education and Recognition from a  European Perspective; Credential Doctor; Evaluating Bad; Gotcha Moments in Credential  Evaluation; Nerd Tricks for Credential Evaluation; Update on Secondary Exams/Certificates  for Europe during the Covid-19 Pandemic, April-June 2020 
  • “How to Spot Fake Online Programs,” Allen Ezell, ACEI webinar, June 2020 o IQAS Webinar on Education in India, June 2020 
  • TAICEP Webinar: Evaluating International Professional Degrees, July 2020


Short Training on Tools Useful for Credentials Evaluators:

These conference handouts are still on my site but no longer linked from the training page: 

TR Newsletter Articles: 

TAICEP Webinars (excluding the TAYD already linked above): 

  • A Brief Introduction to International Credential Evaluation: https://www.taicep.org/taiceporgwp/professional-development/webinars/webinars-for-members/
  • Using the Internet for Verification of Academic Documents: https://www.taicep.org/taiceporgwp/professional-development/webinars/webinars-for-members/
  • “Denmark,” Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE), AACRAO, December 2005  o “Advising International Students,” North Texas Community College Conference, May, 2006  o “Enforcing the Law, Ensuring Their Dreams”, Undocumented students, UNT, October 2006  
  • “Saudi Arabian Education,” NAFSA Admissions -Up Newsletter, November 2006  o “Duck, Duck, Deduce… Learn How to Research International Credentials,” NAFSA Region  III, November 2006  
  • “Public Speaking in a Nutshell,” NAFSA Region III, November 2006  
  • “Saudi Arabian Education Update,” NAFSA State Meeting, March 2007  o “Freshman International Credentials”, TACRAO state, November 2007  o “Freshman International Credentials”, NAFSA Regional, November 2007 o “Saudi Arabia,” EDGE, AACRAO, December 2007  
  • “Researching International Education Systems and Institutions,” NAFSA ACE website,  December 2007  
  • “International Transfer Credits”, NAFSA State Meeting, March 2008  
  • Secondary School Poster Session, “Taiwan” NAFSA National, May 2008  o “Advanced International Transfer Credits”, AMIE Conference, June 2008  o Co-wrote chapter “Building Foreign Credential Evaluation Expertise”, NAFSA Guide to  International Student Recruitment, June 2008 
  • “Taiwan,” NAFSA Guide to Educational Systems around the World, August 2008 o “Researching International Education Systems and Institutions,” Revised August 2008  PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS 
  • Chapter on Professional Development for AACRAO’s International Publications Acquisitions  Committee, February 2009  
  • Appendices on international resources and organizations, institutions, & agencies for  AACRAO’s International Publications Acquisitions Committee, February 2009 o “Denmark,” NAFSA Guide to Educational Systems around the World, March 2009 o “RAP Professional Development,” NAFSA State Meeting, April 2009  
  • “Update to NAFSA Guide to Systems around the World,” NAFSA State meeting, April 2009 o “News You Can Use” Column in NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, May 2009  o Local Arrangements Committee, Session Coordinator, NAFSA Region III, September 2009 o Co-Trainer, “Foreign Educational Credentials Analysis” Workshop, NAFSA Region III  Conference, October 2009  
  • “Jewels of the Nile: Evaluations from the Nile Basin,’ NAFSA Region III, October 2009  o Panelist, “Assessing Cut, Color, and Clarity: Credentials Q&A,” NAFSA Regional, 2009  o “An Overview of Secondary Education,” NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, October 2009 o “News You Can Use” Column in NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, October 2009 o “Researching International Education Systems and Institutions,” Revised April and May 2010  o “Indian Education Updates” presentation and article, NAFSA State Meeting, May 2010  o Co-Trainer and Co-Writer, “Focus on Secondary Education: Evaluating Credentials from  Around the World” ad-hoc workshop, NAFSA National, June 2010 
  • Editor, “Accreditation, Part I” edition of NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, December 2010 o “Bogus Institutions and Accreditation Mills,” January 2011  
  • “FAQs for Foreign Credential Evaluators,” NAFSA State Meeting, April 2011 o Editor, “Accreditation, Part II” edition of NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, August 2011  o New version of “Researching International Education Systems and Institutions,” Feb 2012 o “Foreign Transcript Evaluations for Beginners,” NAFSA State Meeting, February 2012  o “RAP Hot Topics,” NAFSA State Meeting, February 2012  
  • “International Credential Evaluation: Using the Internet,” AACRAO Annual Meeting, May 2012 o “Saudi Arabian Education Updates,” AACRAO Annual Meeting, May 2012 o “Introduction to Foreign Transcript Evaluations,” NAFSA State Meeting, February 2013 o “Hot Topics: Foreign Transcript Evaluations,” NAFSA State Meeting, February 2013  o “Glossary of Foreign Transcript Evaluations,” February 2013 
  • “Indian Central Board of Secondary Education Updates,” February 2013  o AACRAO EDGE Profile on United States, April 2013  
  • “Understanding International Graduate Admissions,” TexasGap Summer Institute, July 2013
  • “Educational Systems of the World, Part I,” NAFSA Region III, October 2013  o “Educational Systems of the World, Part II,” NAFSA Region III, October 2013  o Secondary School Poster Fair, NAFSA Region III, October 2013  
  • Super Parents in International Education, NAFSA Region III, October 2013  o “Internet ICEcapades: Using the Internet for International Credential Evaluation,” NAFSA o State Meeting, February 2014 
  • “Saudi Arabia Poster Fair,” NAFSA State Meeting, February 2014 
  • “Taiwan Poster Fair,” NAFSA State Meeting, February 2014 
  • “Higher Education Authorities,” e-publication, March 2014 
  • “Electronic Verification Services,” NAFSA Region III, November 2014 
  • “International Education Research: It’s Easier than You Think,” AACRAO Annual Meeting, May 2014 
  • “Evaluating Credentials in the Middle East,” AACRAO Annual Meeting, May 2014 o “International Transfer Credits 101,” NAFSA Texas State Meeting, 2015 o “Overview of Education in the U.S.,” e-publication, February 2015 
  • “Using Online Credential Verification: A How-To, Hands-On Demonstration,” AACRAO  Annual Meeting, April 2015 
  • “International Education Research: It’s Easier than You Think,” AACRAO Annual, April 2015 o Trainer, NAFSA CEP Workshops “Understanding the Essentials” and “Secondary-Level  Credentials,” in-house, October 2015 
  • “Advanced Secondary Education Credentials,” October 2015 
  • “How to Sprout Your Growth in the Field of International Credential Evaluation,” AACRAO  Annual Meeting, 2016 
  • “Update on Education in Saudi Arabia,” AACRAO Annual Meeting 2016 o “Add to Your Library,” TAICEP Talk Newsletter, July 2015-January 2018 o “Building a Resource Library, Part I,” February 2016, TAICEP Talk Newsletter o “Hands-On Document Features,” TAICEP Annual Conference, 2016 
  • “The Credential Doctor is In,” NAFSA Region III Conference, 2016 
  • “Higher Education Authorities,” Revised January 2017 
  • “Turkish Council on Higher Education,” TAICEP Talk Newsletter, July 2017 o “Building a Resource Library, Part II: Creating a Wiki, “July 2017 
  • “Opinion: Theological Schools and Bible Colleges,” July 2017, TAICEP Talk Newsletter o “Using the Internet for Verification of Academic Documents,” co-presenter, TAICEP Webinar,  October 2017 
  • “Building a Resource Library, Part III: Building a Sample Library,” December 2017 o “Transcriptese 101: A Course in Learning to Read Global Transcripts,” 2018 AACRAO  Annual Meeting 
  • “Glossary of Foreign Terms: French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Cyrillic, Arabic,  Persian,” April 2018 
  • “Building a Resource Library, Part IV: Translations,” May 2018 
  • General Data Protection Regulation webinar for NACES members, May 2018 o “Learn to Read Degrees and Diplomas When You Don’t Read the Language,” 2018 NAFSA  Texas State Meeting 
  • “Primary and Secondary Education: India,” 2018 NAFSA Texas State Meeting Poster Fair o “Credentials Evaluation Overview,” co-presenter, TAICEP webinar, July 2018 o Contributing author to TAICEP Glossary of Terms, August 2018 
  • “Building a Resource Library,” TAICEP Annual meeting, October 2018 o “Resources from the RMC: A Useful Guide for International Credential Evaluators on  Creating and Organizing a Reference Library in the Digital Age,” TAICEP Annual Meeting,  October 2018  
  • “Translating and Transliterating,” TAICEP Annual Meeting, October 2018 o “Building a Resource Library, Part V: Researching Institutions,” January 2019 o “Higher Education Authorities” update, April 2019 
  • “International Graduate Emerging Markets Overview,’ TxGAP Summer Institute, June 2019
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Evaluation Checklist: Defining the Steps You Need to Take and  the Information Required to Assess Foreign Credentials,” workshop co-presenter, TAICEP  Annual Conference, October 2019 
  • “Xin Chao: Say Hello to Vietnam’s Educational System and Its Credentials,” co-presenter,  TAICEP Annual Conference, October 2019 
  • “Looking to the Future: The Communal Credential Archive Project,” co-presenter, TAICEP  Annual Conference, October 2019 
  • “Accreditation across the Borders: How Do We View Cross-Country Accreditation?,” co presenter, TAICEP Annual Conference, October 2019 
  • “Introducting International Admissions Concepts, NAFSA Region III, November 2019 o “Glossary of Foreign Transcript Evaluations, second edition,” November 2019 o “Evaluator Training Seminar,” November 2019 
  • Transcript Research Presents: International Evaluation Concepts Webinar, December 2019 o Transcript Research Presents: International Evaluation Concepts Webinar, February 2020 o Transcript Research Presents: Fraud and Verification Tools, March 2020 o “Taiwan,” NAFSA Guide to Educational Systems around the World, March 2020 o Transcript Research Presents: Researching Grading Scales and Degree Plans, March 2020 o “Alternative Grading,” TAICEP Talk Newsletter, April 2020 
  • “Innovating the Old World: A Sampling of Digitization in Asia and Europe: People’s Republic  of China” contributing author, TAICEP Talk Newsletter, April 2020 
  • TAICEP At Your Desk Webinar: Resources at Your Desk, April 2020 
  • “Researching International Education Systems and Institutions Update”, April 2020 o TAICEP At Your Desk Webinar: Introduction to Electronic Verification, May 2020 o TAICEP At Your Desk Webinar: Introduction to Digital Records, May 2020 o “Bogus Institutions and Accrediting Bodies”, updated May 2020 
  • Transcript Research Presents: Researching Credentials Online, June 2020 o “Digital Documents in International Admissions: What You Need to Know,” AACRAO  Connect, September 2020 
  • “Digital Documents in International Admissions: What You Need to Know,” AACRAO webinar,  September 2020 
  • “Saudi Arabia,” NAFSA Guide to Educational Systems around the World, September 2020