Research on Cuba, Sponsored by AACRAO
In late 2017, AACRAO invited TAICEP to provide the final member of their new research and publication team. The team was made up of people with university admissions/recruiting or credential evaluation experience and they were looking at education in Cuba. After opening applications to TAICEP members, Martha Van Devender (of Educational Credential Evaluators) was selected and travelled with the rest of the group to Cuba a few weeks later.
The project was designed to teach the team more about the educational system of Cuba and how to disseminate this new knowledge to the field. In the years since, the AACRAO Cuba team has presented on various aspects of Cuban education at several major conferences, including NAFSA, AACRAO, and TAICEP. In addition, members of the team have written various articles and blogs about the experience. A more comprehensive look at the Cuban educational system is due out from AACRAO soon.
This project was intended to develop comparative educational research and writing skills among international education professionals. It aligned with the goals of TAICEP and demonstrated the need for TAICEP to have a research program as well.
One of the best outcomes of the project is that members of the AACRAO Cuba research group have continued to collaborate on other topics and several of them have even become involved in TAICEP leadership. The collegial nature of the research project created a cohort that will benefit TAICEP and the field at large for many years.