Working Remotely

Whew. It’s crazy out there, isn’t it? I wanted to open this post with something confident and reassuring and professional (as sensible business people should), but I really thought it might be better to just acknowledge that many of us are feeling overwhelmed right now. Words we may have never even thought about – like social distancing, personal protective equipment, comorbidities, and flattening the curve – are now part of our everyday lexicon. Many employers are struggling to quickly catch up with newer technologies and tentatively explore allowing some or all of their workforce to work remotely. Schools at all...

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Alternative Grading

I often say that one of the most time-consuming aspects of international credentials evaluation is the grading scale conversion. At the institutions where I have worked, including Transcript Research, we rarely utilize a single grading scale for an entire country. As more countries offer dual degree programs, international universities, transnational education, education system structural changes, and increased growth in the private education sector, grading scales will continue to evolve and change across the globe. As a result, we will continue to spend considerable time researching the grading scale used at that institution for that program at that moment in time...

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Choosing a Private Evaluation Company

Choosing a private evaluation company can be a stressful experience since each company has its own criteria, equivalencies, grading scales, and other methodologies, and they also have different goals than educational institutions in that they provide evaluations for professional licensing, employment, immigration, as well as educational purposes. With respect to private evaluation companies, an excellent place to start would be with the members of AICE (Association of International Credentials Evaluators) or NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services), two private associations that have membership requirements, codes of ethics, high standards, and publish and present extensively in the field of international education. Institutions and students using these affiliated...

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