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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                  
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TAICEP’s Hall of Acclaim 2020 Nominations Due
Sep 22 all-day
TAICEP 6th Annual Conference – Glasgow, Scotland @ Glasgow Marriott
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm

Save the dates!  More to come!

Evaluating and Attracting Pearson BTEC & Pearson Edexcel Students
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join this session for a closer look at Pearson BTEC and Pearson Edexcel entry credentials and the latest updates to our curriculum. We will help you equate and verify student achievement fairly and review our syllabi and standards for credit purposes. Learn how Pearson can support you to publicize your institutions and find out examples of where students already successfully enroll at university with Pearson qualifications. Attendees will also be invited to share their personal experiences of Pearson qualifications to enrich the discussion.



AACRAO/TAICEP Webinar: International Admissions Roundtable: Efficiency, Process, and Credential Evaluation – A Discussion of What Works
Nov 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Join your colleagues from the U.S. and around the globe for a lively discussion on the international admissions office. Presenters will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various models. Are your admissions centralized? Do you have separate offices for undergraduate, graduate, and international? How does your institution handle credential evaluation? Is this working for you? Compare notes with your peers on how to craft an efficient and student-friendly experience.  Register HERE!

Pacific Assoc for Intl Ed Annual Conference
Mar 22 – Mar 26 all-day


TAICEP 2020 Annual Conference
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm
TAICEP 2020 Annual Conference @ Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

To be announced.  

GDN Annual Conference
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day



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Groningen Declaration Network  

Dear Colleague,

As a Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) Signatory, your engagement in the GDN includes participating in the annual conferences, attending webinars, and leading many related initiatives contributes to the effectiveness of the GDN.  Thank you for your enthusiastic and enduring support. The pandemic has demonstrated that the digital exchange of student data is more necessary than ever, underscoring the importance of the GDN’s ongoing work internationally. As a global movement, we cannot do this well without your continued involvement. The Annual Meeting is where the world meets, where ideas are sparked, and international collaborations are nurtured.   Today, I am writing to notify about the GDN Board of Directors recent decisions regarding the 2021 Annual Meeting. 

A number of factors influenced our decisions. The GDN Board of Directors prioritized the wellness of our GDN community. Holding an international in-person conference before the distribution of an effective vaccine would be irresponsible.  Current practical challenges such as travel restrictions, financial constraints, and other factors evident in this summer’s GDN annual meeting survey results also informed our thinking. Recent encouraging announcements, such as the release of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID19 vaccine, the world’s first, give us reason to believe that some restrictions will be lifted in the second half of 2021. We also hope for the equitable distribution of effective vaccines in 2021.   

Our decisions:

  1. The GDN 2021 Annual Meeting originally scheduled for May 2021 will be postponed;
  2. It has been re-scheduled to occur on October 13-15, 2021, in Canada; 
  3. We are planning for an in-person conference, the GDN community’s preferred modality. The planning will be informed by pandemic-related restrictions (availability of vaccines and travel). Although not our preference, a virtual conference may still be necessary, even in the autumn of 2021. We will provide regular updates;
  4. This timing change will affect future GDN Annual Meetings, which will occur in the autumn each year from 2021 onward; and,
  5. The 2022 Annual Meeting, GDN’s 10th anniversary, will occur in Groningen, Netherlands in the autumn of 2022.  

The success of the GDN Annual Meeting and the sustainability of the GDN will depend on your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Annual Meeting in October in Canada and to your ongoing and enthusiastic involvement in the GDN. 

Please stay tuned for more details and for the call for proposals for the 2021 conference in the coming months.


Kathleen Massey
President, GDN (2020-2021)
On behalf of the GDN Board of Directors