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quietly, discreetly, and largely in the background. Now, with an increasingly globalized higher education market driving a large increase in foreign credentials that must be processed and a large increase in businesses offering credential evaluation services, NACES® executives say that it is important that higher education admissions executives and officers focus on the quality of credential evaluation services, particularly given that no government agency ensures the competency and professionalism of credential evaluators. “The demands of staying on top of credential evaluation standards have increased exponentially with the globalization of education,” says Susan Bedil, chairperson of NACES®. “It is important that institutions determine whether they can perform this function competently themselves or, if they rely upon external credential evaluators, whether those evaluators are professional and up to the task. NACES® membership ensures the competence of external credential “We would never evaluators. We are not a recommend, support casual professional assoor list a credential ciation where anyone can evaluation service, join. We impose exacting or partner with one, standards upon our members to ensure that they that did not belong to are, and remain, highly NACES®.” competent, ethical, and James Crane, Brigham Young University professional.” Other education authorities concur that credential evaluator competence cannot be taken for granted. “There are some credential evaluation outfits that have clearly been part of scam operations,” says Alan Contreras, administrator of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, one of the most aggressive state agencies that tracks and fights application fraud. “There are a lot of fraudulent colleges and sometimes they try to create a bogus evaluation service, sometimes in the U.S., to certify that fake credentials are real credentials. I have seen that done. The problem you get into with others is whether they are fraudulent or merely incompetent. We use almost exclusively NACES® members for credential evaluation certification, along with AACRAO [the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers], and two or three others.” “I get many evaluations from companies that look suspect,” says Rob Sheinkopf, director of Graduate Admissions and Records at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). To ensure credential evaluations are legitimate and competently prepared, Sheinkopf requires applicants to submit evaluations exclusively from NACES® members. In some cases, non-member credential evaluators have reg-

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Competence - First, a NACES® credential evaluator must be competent. The organization requires that its members’ senior evaluators (i.e., those making decisions concerning the equivalence of foreign educational qualifications to education in the United States) must have not less than five years of full-time substantive, supervised experience in foreign student admissions or foreign credential evaluation work covering all levels of education. NACES® scrutinizes the experience of the personnel of members and applicants seeking to become members to make sure that they have adequate experience actually evaluating credentials, says Nancy Katz, NACES®’ membership chairperson. “A candidate for membership may have a generally impressive background but may have experience mostly recruiting students and have spent only one percent of their time evaluating academic credentials -- they are not qualified,” says Katz. Joining NACES® involves a rigorous process to verify competence and professionalism through many application prerequisites and through a test that includes identification of phony and altered documents. Katz says that two years ago, twelve organizations requested membership packets from her. Of those, one dropped out immediately, and of the remaining eleven, six eventually submitted applications and only one passed both parts of the test. Admission as a NACES® member does not end the scrutiny. Members must recertify their resources each year to ensure that they remain competent and are periodically audited by NACES® and external examiners. The audits can include onsite visits. Adequate Resources - Second, a credential evaluation service must demonstrate that it has adequate resources, including ample libraries of standard references in the field of international education, with an emphasis on credential evaluations. While Internet resources continue to expand, competent credential evaluators still need a historical perspective of an institution’s educational system. Good Practices - Third, members must demonstrate practices and procedures that will ensure that they are thorough and efficient. NACES® members must use professionally accepted

Bedil says that institutions should ensure that their internal or external credential evaluators can meet standards similar to those that NACES® requires of its members. NACES® ensures a high level of competence and ethics by requiring that its members adhere to its Principles of Good Practice, which include several elements:

istered domain names that are misleadingly similar to those of NACES® and its members, such as naces.com instead of NACES’ correct domain name, naces.org, Bedil notes. For that reason, she says that it is important that institutions wishing to use NACES® members visit its website at www.naces.org® to ensure that a credential evaluator is a member in good standing and to access valid links to NACES® members’ websites.

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Contents
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
One Path— Many Destinations
Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
FSA
International Enrollment
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2011 - Frontlines
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International Educator - May/June 2011 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2011 - Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
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International Educator - May/June 2011 - 66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
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International Educator - May/June 2011 - International Enrollment
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