Research Program

TAICEP’s Research Program is designed to give TAICEP members professional development opportunities in a variety of research projects.  Since TAICEP’s inception, it has had as one of its goals to, “Conduct research and disseminate information that supports the profession.”  TAICEP wants its members to be involved in advancing knowledge in the field of international credential evaluation, and TAICEP is now ready to make this goal a reality.   Some of the research opportunities will be designed for those in our profession from 3 to 7 years. 

Current Research Programs

AACRAO’s Cuba Project, February 17-25, 2018.  AACRAO has invited TAICEP to select one TAICEP member to participate in its 2018 Cuba Project.  AACRAO has partnered with graduate researchers from the University of Maryland and George Washington University to collaborate in the Academic Explorations Program to research Cuban educational practices.  The program is a unique opportunity to collaborate with Cuban educators to learn about Cuban educational practices and the complex –and global–issues of contemporary education. Hundreds of U.S. and international professionals and students have participated since the founding of the exchange in 1994. 

A full schedule of research will include the following:

  • Visits to schools, research centers, and institutions of higher education
  • Individual and group interviews with Cuban educators and students
  • Lectures by educational officials and scholars
  • Question-and-Answer sessions
  • Collaborative Workshops on methods and methodologies
  • Opportunities for library research

Participants in the trip will be a part of a year-long comparative international education project that will culminate in the production of a publication on the Cuban education system, an update of the AACRAO EDGE profile, and the creation of presentations on various aspects of the Cuban education system for delivery at conferences and via webinars. Participants will gain valuable experience in conducting primary source comparative education research, and will benefit from collaboration with graduate students, Cuban educators, and seasoned research professionals. Their institutions will benefit from contacts made to promote educational exchange with Cuban higher education institutions.

Proposed itinerary (subject to slight adjustments): 
Day  Date Activity 
Saturday  17 February Havana Arrivals, In-Country Orientation & City Tour
Sunday 18 February Opening Session & Meeting with Association of Cuban Educators
Monday 19 February Research Activities & Site Visits in Havana
Tuesday 20 February Research Activities in Havana & Departure to Matanzas
Wednesday 21 February Opening Session in Matanzas & Research Activities
Thursday  22 February Site Visits & Community Project
 Friday 23 February Research Activities
 Saturday 24 February Research Activities, Workshops & Closing Session 
 Sunday  25 February Departure for U.S.


The research team will be led by Melanie Gottlieb, Deputy Director and Robert Watkins from the University of Texas at Austin and includes the following team members:

  • Christopher Adams, Indiana University
  • Tanya Delgado, University of South Florida
  • Garrett Seelinger, NAIA
  • Janine Pacheco, The University of New Mexico
  • Aleks Morawski, AICE – Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc.
  • Christie Culp, Loyola Marymount University
  • Akniet Rysbek kyzy, Hult International Business School
  • Patrick Leahy, Michigan State University
  • Mark Reid, University of Miami
  • Eva-Angela Adan, International Credentials Evaluator/Consultant

Costs:  TAICEP will underwrite most of the costs associated with TAICEP’s representative selected to participate in this AACRAO coordinated project.  The successful candidate will be responsible for paying for some meals and travel to and from Havana, Cuba. 

Participant selection criteria:  TAICEP and AACRAO will consider applicants for this project who have:

  • from three to seven years of international credential evaluation, comparative international education or international admissions experience
  • a valid passport and international travel experience
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • institutional support to to participate in the year-long project
  • competence in Spanish language is helpful, but not required
  • willingness to participate in TAICEP conferences and/or webinars
  • TAICEP membership in good standing

Application process:  Applicants should submit the following information to the TAICEP Executive Board by email to

  • statement of interest and qualification
  • resume/CV
  • a letter from applicant’s supervisor in support of the applicant’s application that specifies agreement to institutional/organizational support for covering applicant’s travel costs to and from Havana, Cuba, some meals, and to the involvement of the applicant throughout the year-long project.  

Application deadline:  Applicants should have the above information submitted by no later than 5pm (EST), December 20, 2017. 

Applicant selection process:  TAICEP’s Executive Board will be involved in selecting the successful candidate for this research project.  The successful candidate will be notified by no later than December 29, 2017 .