Researching Programmatic Accreditation

Long time no see, friends! We've been so caught up in all the chaos of the world during the pandemic that we haven't taken a step back to just check in with everybody. We hope you're doing as well as can be expected while we're all still anxiously awaiting a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine.

We hope you've been keeping busy to distract yourselves. We've also been very busy. Helping international students apply for university admissions. Assisting immigrants who want to come to or stay in the US. Aiding employers and HR offices in making sure they're interviewing qualified candidates. Creating custom applications for universities who want to streamline the need for an external evaluation.

And we've been working hard to make sure our industry continues to stay strong during these wild days. Earlier this spring, we presented or co-presented several webinars for the TAICEP At Your Desk series on a variety of topics especially important for people working remotely or making changes to their prior business practices to be more flexible when all the rules are jumbled. We've also written articles for industry publications including TAICEP Talk, AACRAO Connect, and NAFSA Guide to Educational Systems around the World on topics as varied as how to get what you need from applicants, digital documents in international education, and an update on education in Saudi Arabia.

We also want to extend our heartiest congratulations to one of our senior evaluators, Olivea Dodson, who was recently awarded the TAICEP Foundation Certificate in International Credential Evaluation from the inaugural program, making her one of only a handful of people in the world to have achieved this honor! We're so proud and pleased for her!

We've got several things planned in the next few months that we want to share with you! In a couple of weeks, we're offering a webinar on programmatic accreditation. What does that mean? In the US, it's the accreditation of specific academic programs for professional use such as licensing. For example, if you complete a degree in nursing at a regionally accredited university that doesn't have programmatic accreditation with the appropriate accrediting bodies, it might be difficult to be able to work as a nurse, but you could continue further education in the field or work in related fields.

In other countries, though, recognition of the institution and accreditation of the program is both necessary to be considered a valid, formal degree in the educational system. It's fairly common in countries where this is the case for recognized institutions to offer both accredited, educational-authority- approved degree programs as well as proprietary, non-recognized programs (often aimed at international students). It's a challenging topic, but we hope you'll join us as we examine a dozen countries where the program itself needs to be accredited in order for us at Transcript Research to consider it comparable to regional accreditation in the US.

Join us September 15th on at 10 am CST. You can get more information and register for the World Tour of Programmatic Accreditation here.

The following week, we're offering a webinar with AACRAO on digital student records systems. We'll be posting a new release when the registration information for that is available, so you should hear from us again next week.

And then in October, we're presenting on the US education system for the 2020 TAICEP Virtual Conference. It looks like it's going to be an amazing program from a fantastic organization, so you should definitely put it on your calendar!

Gosh, now I know why it seemed like it was May just a minute ago; then I blinked, and now it's September!

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