Foreign Credential Evaluation: In-house or Outsource?

James Meyers
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Student mobility requires a system for accurately determining studentsf prior academic achievements. Evaluating foreign academic credentials in]house allows the college or university to make admission and placement decisions that most closely align with institutional policies, but the cost of maintaining properly]trained staff and updated resources make this a challenge. Outsourcing evaluations to private agencies may simplify the process, but may also result in inconsistencies, and uncertainty regarding the quality or legitimacy of the agencies offering these services. In this session, we will review the history of foreign educational credential evaluation in the United States, and how evaluation agencies currently operate. The function of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) will be explained. We will also discuss the pros and cons of referring potential students to one or more private companies for an evaluation.

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CONAHEC's 13th North American Higher Education Conference - Houston 2010
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students at Rice University in the city of Houston, Texas for CONAHEC’s 13th North American Higher Education Conference!North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and have many common issues to face. Since the signing of NAFTA, our region has become the largest trading block in the world, inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional and individual community prosperity depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students.A decade and a half into NAFTA, it is evident that our region must develop stronger, more productive and more resilient linkages both internally and with other world regions. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive in offering students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while simultaneously strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions. Higher education has an important role to play in strengthening North America and connecting it with the rest of the world.