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AACRAO Webinar: Making Sense of Secondary Education in West Africa: The WAEC Countries
May 20 @ 2:00 am – 3:00 am

This presentation will provide an overview of secondary credentials from the WAEC countries: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. We’ll discuss their similarities and differences, and look at the secondary leaving credentials historically: which documents can be expected from which examining board at which period in time. We’ll discuss online verification methods, and will conclude with commentary on how the secondary credentials have impacted postsecondary credentials.


To register for this free webinar, please go HERE.

Breaking Bad
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Presentation Description:  Maybe it’s my degree in criminology that makes me always think like a “bad guy”. I’ve seen enough academic documents (many real, many definitely fake) and attended enough sessions on fraud and verification to learn how to beat the system if I ever start “Breaking Bad”. Using resources and technology that are easily available to anyone, let me demonstrate exactly how I would hack your institutions’ documentation requirements, gain admission, and take your scholarship money, should I ever decide I’m in the wrong business. Only by realizing and accepting what your institution’s vulnerabilities are, can you develop best practices to protect yourself. Bring your thoughts to the discussion on how, when dealing with international academic documents, to best balance security concerns against the practical considerations of time, cost, and access.


Bio: Timothy Kell works at Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), a not-for-profit credential evaluation agency based in Milwaukee, WI. This August, Timothy will celebrate his 15 year anniversary at ECE, having held the positions of Evaluator, Team Manager, and Senior Evaluator. In the office (currently the second bedroom of his house), he is involved in the training and mentoring of new Evaluators. Away from the office, he has conducted many customized training programs for international admissions officers at universities in the United States and Canada. Timothy has traveled the world speaking to regional, national, and international audiences on a wide range of credential evaluation topics. As an active leader in the industry, Timothy is a longtime member of TAICEP. He is a former member of the TAICEP Professional Development and Training Committee, a current member TAICEP Conference Planning Committee, and was the chair of the TAICEP Conference Committee for the 2018 and 2019 Annual Conferences in Philadelphia and Vancouver.


About Timothy’s Employer:  Educational Credential Evaluators, (ECE) is a private, non-profit credential evaluation agency located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States. ECE’s mission is to promote the betterment of individuals’ lives and society by ensuring that educational qualifications are fairly and accurately recognized across borders. Since 1980, ECE has prepare foreign education credential evaluation reports for colleges, universities, employers, and licensing boards which are used for admissions, hiring, and licensure processes. ECE prides themselves on the quality, consistency, thoroughness, and integrity of our educational credential evaluations, based on expert research and NACES’ highest ethical and professional practice standards.

To register, please click HERE.

TAICEP At Your Desk Series: “Gotcha Moments in Credential Evaluation: Revealing Easter Eggs, Unsuspecting Details, and Inconsistent Documents”
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Description:  This session reveals some of the varying, small information evaluators find on academic documents that determine whether they are false, authentic, official, or unofficial.  This presentation will encourage evaluators to have a keen eye when reviewing documents and demonstrate that experience is relative as these credentials can throw off even the most experienced evaluators.

Presenter Biography:  Bernard Ramos has worked in many roles and has presented at numerous conferences on international education.  The scope of his expertise is broad and covers topics such as various systems of education, developing a tailored system for evaluating credentials and theoretical concepts.  With almost 14 years of experience, he has conducted training workshops at many universities and helped admissions offices develop highly reliable practices in credential evaluation.  Bernard studied at DePaul and Sciences-Po Paris, and he is the Vice President and a Senior Evaluator at Educational Perspectives.

Organization:  Educational Perspectives (EP) is a not-for-profit international education research organization and a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  They prepare evaluation reports and provide training workshops, consulting, and translation services.  Educational Perspectives is based in Chicago and a signatory to the Groningen Declaration.  

Free and open to TAICEP members and non-members.  REGISTER HERE!

Transcript Research Webinar: Researching Credentials Online
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Transcript Research has begun offering quarterly webinars aimed at new or newer evaluators. Webinars will be available for registered attendees for up to 3 months after each event. 
February 4: live encore of our December webinar, Introducing International Evaluation Concepts; register at: http://bit.ly/2TRNaHz    
March 3: Fraud and Verification Tools; register at: http://bit.ly/2vieq86
June 2: Researching Credentials Online; register at: http://bit.ly/2GeR5GC
More webinars to be announced later in the year at:
TAYD: Nerd Tricks for Credential Evaluators
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Description:  Here are some ways for credential evaluators to get to what they want faster, and keep what’s found for future reference. Included are some browser tricks, PDF manipulation, and wiki suggestions.


Presenter Bio:  Michael Rohaly has been working as a credential evaluator for the International Credential Evaluation Service for over twenty years.  Currently he is responsible for most countries using Arabic or Cyrillic characters.


About the International Credential Evaluation Service:  The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) is the provincially mandated credential evaluation service in British Columbia. We are also a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).  ICES performs evaluations for professional and educational organizations, and also for immigration purposes in an agreement with the government of Canada.


Free!  Open to TAICEP members and non-members.  



TAYD: Update on secondary exams/certificates for Europe during the COVID19 pandemic
Jun 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Description: This TAYD session will update you on European national or exam boards credential responses to COVID-19 ( secondary education only).


Alistair Wylie, Head of Service Technology, Engineering and Construction – Qualifications Development Directorate, Scottish Qualifications Authority

Paul Teulon, Head of Global Recognition IB

Diana Hense, Head Admissions Office, University of Amsterdam


Free!  Open to TAICEP members and non-members.  This session will be recorded.


AACRAO Webinar: Education System Updates for International Evaluators and Advisors: Azerbaijan and the Republic of Georgia
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

For more information, click HERE.    

Intl Assoc for College Admission Counseling Annual Conference
Jul 14 – Jul 17 all-day


TAICEP Webinar Series: Evaluating International Professional Degrees
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Description:   Take a break from the summer heat! Cool off with a virtual gathering to learn how professional degrees differ from academic degrees, and discover what your TAICEP colleagues are thinking about the challenges involved in evaluating professional degrees for the international recognition and admissions environments. This refreshing break features sample credentials in law and dentistry and the opportunity to give your input virtually on successful evaluation approaches. Everybody into the credential evaluation pool!
Presented by:   
Margaret Wenger, Senior Director of Evaluation, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. Meg has worked at ECE, a non-profit credential evaluation agency, since 1990. As Senior Director of Evaluation, Meg leads evaluation policy development, new evaluator training, and coordinates quality assurance efforts. She regularly presents at international conferences as well as contributing to publications in the field. She serves as chair of the Digital Student Data Task Force of TAICEP, as well as co-chairing the Groningen Declaration Network Task Force on Verification Policies and Best Practices.
Ann Koenig, International Associate Director, AACRAO.  Ann has been with AACRAO since 2002.  Her career path spans 30+ years, including foreign credential evaluation in professional evaluation services, campus-based work in international admissions, student records management, academic advising and transfer credit evaluation in Wisconsin, California and Germany.  Ann’s country education system research, along with her writing on best practice in international admissions, document review and fraud awareness, have been published by AACRAO and NAFSA.  She has been an active leader and trainer in professional development activities sponsored by AACRAO, NAFSA NAGAP, EAIE, TAICEP and other organizations in the U.S. and Europe. 
Transcript Research Webinar: World Tour of Programmatic Accreditation
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Transcript Research is pleased to offer a brand new webinar on programmatic accreditation and how critical that is for non-US education. Join us on September 15, 2020, 10 AM CST by registering here: https://bit.ly/2Y1UVMm
In the US, programmatic accreditation ensures that a specific program being offered at an institution will meet certain standards for the field. This is especially important in fields such as nursing or engineering for licensure or employment but is not required for the majority of programs. Generally speaking, for US study, it’s the institution itself that faces the most scrutiny for students who want to study or work in other countries. 

In some countries, however, government recognition of an institution and accreditation of a program are *both* required in order for a degree to be fully recognized. To make things even more exciting, it is common for institutions to offer both: some programs that are accredited & fall under the auspices of the Ministry of Education or other higher education authority and some programs that are aimed at those wanting an employment qualification or who aren’t aware of that institutions might offer programs that don’t fit within the legally recognized degree system.

These non-official, non-recognized proprietary programs do not provide access to further education at public higher education institutions or employment in government jobs, but they may have validity for employment in the private sector. Proprietary programs often have more flexible entrance requirements or a shorter duration than recognized & accredited programs. They are also often advertised to international students rather than local graduates. Sometimes these proprietary, institution-specific programs are known by special names such as Titulo Propio or Lato Sensu, but in other cases, identifying validated and non-validated programs requires serious research.

Join us on a short trip around the world looking at a dozen countries where the program itself (not just the institution) needs to be accredited in order to be considered comparable to regional accreditation. We’ll work together to examine the resources and tools needed to identify programmatic accreditation.
We hope to see you then! Register now: https://bit.ly/2Y1UVMm

Peggy Bell Hendrickson
Director, Transcript Research                  
Working toward the international exchange of people and ideas