Committed to the professional development of your international admissions and credential evaluation staff. 

We are the premier provider of professional development, training, and current research on foreign educational systems, including AACRAO's Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE)

AACRAO's History In The Field

AACRAO has a long history documenting, training, and developing best practices in foreign education, admissions, and records. While there are references in AACRAO’s archives from nearly 100 years ago, the work began to accelerate after World War II and with the ensuing Cold War with the Soviet Union. The growing number of international students and scholars led to the desire for more understanding and guidance of documentation, validation, and recognition. The United States, unlike the rest of the world, does not have an agency with functions similar to a Ministry of Education. AACRAO, along with a handful of other associations, worked on filling those needs. 

In the decades since, AACRAO has provided research, publications, in-person, and hands-on training, and a dynamic Electronic Database for Global Education (AACRAO EDGE). As we continue to provide the information our membership, agencies, educators, and nations need to ensure global mobility and international admissions we are offering updated and enhanced Institutes and On-Demand Learning.

Impact of the International Education Standards Council (IESC)

In the absence of an overarching governmental body making lawful determinations on how to evaluate international credentials, the International Education Standards Council reflects the viewpoints of various experts in higher education and provides advice and guidance on understanding academic credentials. On the Council, there are representatives from admissions offices at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as professional credential evaluators familiar with the requirements of HEIs and eligibility requirements for visas to enter into the United States for further education or employment. These experts consider native education systems and their grading conventions to determine advice that is useful when developing institutional policies. These research-based decisions are outlined within AACRAO EDGE.

EDGE Overview

Education systems evolve and change over time, necessitating a resource to reference how to best understand credentials awarded from a given timeframe. AACRAO EDGE is a collection of information on education systems from around the world, providing descriptions of what is required to earn various credentials, what the learner can access in their native system with such a credential, as well as valuable notes from expert researchers and placement recommendations for the achievements in U.S. education system. Native grading scales that are crosswalked to suggested U.S. equivalence and placement advice on credentials is research-based, providing expert guidance that can be used to establish employment or placement within HEIs. Available at a discount for AACRAO Member Institutions, there is no other resource available that will aid your evaluation of international credentials as much as AACRAO EDGE.

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The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Arts presents the 2021 Baden-Württemberg Seminar

The Baden-Württemberg Seminar is back this year for a virtual experience.

AACRAO's International Institute

Replacing the Summer and Winter Institutes, the AACRAO International Institute covers promising practices for the evaluation of international credentials that combines AACRAO’s On-Demand International Series with five, two-hour, virtual instructor-led training sessions.

On-demand Learning from AACRAO

Self-paced courses aligned with our competency and proficiency framework, AACRAO's on-demand training will build your skills and enhance your resume. 



AACRAO International publications available for online purchase

Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE)

Your online resource for evaluating educational credentials earned in foreign systems


International research, best practices, and scholarship opportunities

International Exams Status

Updates on when exams are taking place around the world.

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Discovering and Understanding the German Education System

Jun 10, 2024

Take the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the German education system.

LIVE from AACRAO 2024: Supporting International Students' Decision-Making Through Pre-Admission Advising

Apr 9, 2024

Providing the right information to incoming international students to promote student success.

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A Transformative Cross-Cultural Experience: Apply for the 2024 Baden-Württemberg Seminar

Apr 1, 2024

Take the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the German education system.

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Aligning Priorities: Global Convention Session on the Recognition of Qualifications

Mar 18, 2024

Developing implementation guidelines, standards for quality assurance, and principles for recognizing refugee qualifications.

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Digital Receipt of Credential Evaluation Reports and International Transcripts

Jan 22, 2024

New workgroup gathering data to further promote how institutions can streamline and secure their international enrollment process.

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Host EducationUSA Advisers This Summer

Jan 22, 2024

Boost your international student recruitment and participate in a dynamic and mutually beneficial higher education program.

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Field Notes: International Student Impact and Prospects

Dec 21, 2023

Understand how global events can impact and shape the academic landscape.

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TAICEP Honors Leaders in International Credential Evaluation

Dec 8, 2023

Meet Hall of Acclaim TAICEP Inductees and learn more about their contributions to the profession.

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Welcome Corps: Promoting Refugee Student Success

Dec 8, 2023

A new targeted education sponsorship initiative that enables U.S. colleges and universities to play a leading role in resettling refugee students.

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Cross-Sector Survey on U.S. International Education

Dec 8, 2023

Investigating the U.S. national strategy regarding international education, enrollment, transfer, and more.

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Baden-Württemberg Seminar Highlights: Part 2

Nov 27, 2023

Part 2 of Dr. Takeo Suzuki's in-depth look at the 2023 Baden-Württemberg Seminar.

International Student Enrollment in U.S. Rebounds, Biggest Growth from India

Nov 13, 2023

Current state of international enrollment in the United States and highlights from the 2023 Open Doors snapshot.

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Baden-Württemberg Seminar Highlights: Part 1

Oct 30, 2023

An in-depth look at the 2023 Baden-Württemberg Seminar from the perspective of Dr. Takeo Suzuki.

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Annual Census of International Students

Oct 2, 2023

Take part in the upcoming survey looking at enrollment trends for international students.

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Hosting International Advisors On Your Campus

Sep 1, 2023

Gain market intelligence and zero to low-cost recruitment strategies to help you develop an international student recruitment plan

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Working Towards Global Education Inclusivity

Jun 27, 2023

Learn about the ENIC-NARIC Joint Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden and the work being done to improve access to education globally.

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Education Ladders & Law Credentials

Jun 13, 2023

The latest AACRAO EDGE updates, a roadmap for future changes, and how AACRAO members can help shape the EDGE platform.

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Why You Should Apply for the Baden-Württemburg seminar in 2023

May 1, 2023

Learn about the German higher education system, student exchange, equivalencies, and more.

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International Student Census and U.S. Study Abroad Survey

Apr 17, 2023

Take part in advancing and contributing to the comprehensive data source on international education.

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Live from #AACRAO2023: When is a Degree Not a Degree?

Mar 31, 2023

An examination of qualifications issued by higher education institutions in various countries that are not considered formal academic degrees from the authorities governing education in those countries.

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Supporting Displaced Students

Nov 28, 2022

See how one institution supports displaced & vulnerable students on their campus and access resources to help your institution get started.

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Focused on Global Learner Data Portability

Oct 31, 2022

Highlights, updates, and more from the Annual Groningen Declaration Network Meeting held in the Netherlands.

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Participate in Higher Ed Research

Oct 3, 2022

Participate in an upcoming survey from the Institute of International Education.

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Understanding Higher Education in Ukraine

Sep 6, 2022

Explore the free AACRAO EDGE Ukraine profile and see a small glimpse of what this resource has to offer.

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Survey on International Students with Disabilities

Aug 22, 2022

Assist AACRAO and the IIE gather data for research regarding international students.

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Support Global Mobility

Aug 8, 2022

Learn more about the work being done to establish a national qualifications framework.

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3rd UNESCO World Higher Education Conference

Jul 11, 2022

Learn about AACRAO's participation in the 3rd annual UNESCO World Higher Education Conference.

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Understanding and Supporting Higher-Ed in Ukraine

Jun 10, 2022

A brief overview of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address to the Association of American Universities.

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Building Articulation Agreements

May 31, 2022

Updates from the Caribbean Examination Council that may impact matriculation.

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Detangling International Professional Degrees

May 31, 2022

Learn about the upcoming AACRAO-AICE International Institute & Symposium happening in July.

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Baden-Württemberg: Make This the Year you Apply

Apr 18, 2022

Learn about and apply to attend the 2022 Baden-Württemberg Seminar.

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Education in Crisis - Ukraine & Venezuela

Mar 7, 2022

Upcoming webinar explores the situation for students in Ukraine and Venezuela.

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Building your Professional Toolkit

Feb 21, 2022

Explore topics in both study abroad and credential evaluation being presented at AACRAO's 107th Annual Meeting.

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Global Convention on Recognition - Readiness Assessment

Nov 15, 2021

Learn about AACRAO's contributions to Global Mobility and the Global Convention on Recognition.

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A Global Organization Meets a Global Challenge

Nov 15, 2021

Learn about the sustainable policies and services Cambridge International and Cambridge English, departments of the global Cambridge Assessment, have implemented for U.S. colleges and universities.

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The Refugee Educational Advancement Laboratory (REAL): A New Initiative at the George Washington University

Nov 15, 2021

George Washington University discusses the devlopment of the Refugee Educational Advancement Laboratory (REAL).

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Groningen Declaration Network Holds Annual Meeting

Nov 1, 2021

Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) to hold upcoming hybrid meeting in Ottawa, Canada.

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Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers Continue Their Education

Nov 1, 2021

An in-depth look at the Article 26 Backpag, how to use it, and examples.

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International Credential Evaluators – Where in the World Are They?

Oct 18, 2021

A little known but important professional takes center stage in a new international research project.

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Caribbean Off-Shore Medical Schools

Oct 4, 2021

Upcoming webinar and report explores accreditation and credentialing at off-shore Caribbean medical schools.

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Upcoming Coffee Break: Education in Crisis

Sep 7, 2021

Learn what you can do to support international education and students in crisis.

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Register For The 2021 Baden-Wurttemberg Virtual Seminar

Aug 23, 2021

Applications for the virtual Baden-Württemberg Seminar are open.

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Spread the Word for Afghanistan: Using the Article 26 Backpack and Supporting the AUAF

Aug 23, 2021

Article 26 Backpack more important than ever in light of recent events taking place in Afghanistan.

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2021 Baden-Wurttemberg Virtual Seminar

Jul 26, 2021

Applications for the virtual Baden-Württemberg Seminar opening soon.

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Crises as Catalysts: How Cambridge Assessment Meets a Global Challenge

Jun 1, 2021

Learn how Cambridge Assessment approaches and provides for solutions in global higher education.


Survey Opportunity: Post-Pandemic Mobility

Apr 19, 2021

The Centre for International Education and Exchange is asking for survey participants to explore post-pandemic mobility.

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AACRAO EDGE announces the International Exam Status Report

Feb 23, 2021

New resource gives status updates on examinations from various countries.

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AACRAO's new courses support international admissions and evaluation professionals

Feb 23, 2021

Series utilizes an interactive approach and real-life evaluation experience.

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AACRAO international year in review

Dec 15, 2020

ICYMI: Catch up here and stay on top of your game.

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AACRAO to release tool to help institutions align with global credential recognition

Dec 14, 2020

Supporting student mobility despite U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO.

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MyCreds: Canadian registrar association launches national credential wallet

Dec 13, 2020

Helping universities deliver bilingual digitized and portable transcripts and credentials.

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Uzbekistan 2030: Internationalizing higher education

Nov 12, 2020

Join the upcoming webinar, Dec. 3.

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AACRAO releases report on the Cuban educational system

Nov 1, 2020

Researchers traveled to the country to better understand its unique approach to higher education.

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Become an IESC Fellow

Nov 1, 2020

Improve professional research skills working with the International Education Standards Council.

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Higher education in 21st-century Uzbekistan

Oct 19, 2020

The academic credit hour as building block for quality and mobility.

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Updates from Cambridge International

Oct 19, 2020

Join the webinar Thursday for more information.

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ENIC-NARIC holds virtual meeting on foreign credentials

Oct 19, 2020

Mobility and recognition remain hot topics despite the pandemic.

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More than 150 attendees join 1st EDGE User Group

Oct 19, 2020

These free forums will be held virtually each month. The next one is TODAY.

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3 tips for global recruiting during a pandemic

Oct 4, 2020

One institution used both synchronous and asynchronous events to meet students where they are.

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COVID-19 and fall 2020: Impacts on U.S. international higher education

Oct 4, 2020

Preliminary findings of new WES report released.

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Join a monthly international education user group

Sep 21, 2020

When was the last time you were able to get together with your international education colleagues?

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Digital documents in international admissions: What you need to know

Sep 5, 2020

The landscape is changing quickly. Be prepared.

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AACRAO staff to present on international credential evaluation at TAICEP

Sep 5, 2020

Conference to be held virtually in October.

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Meet Jonathan Cao-Nguyen, new International Educational News Content Curator for EDGE

Sep 5, 2020

Researching and documenting education news from around the world.

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An emerging issue in international education: Taxing online students

Jul 13, 2020

Investigating new levies in India and Mexico.

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Diary of an International Credential Evaluator

Jun 26, 2020

What is the future of study abroad?

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The plight of refugees during a pandemic

Jun 15, 2020

Reflections in recognition of World Refugee Day (June 20).

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Diary of an International Credential Evaluator

Jun 12, 2020

5 steps to crack an unfamiliar education system.

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Cambridge International seeks feedback on transcript terminology

Jun 11, 2020

Rethinking assessment in the time of COVID-19.

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Connect with the Caucasus

Jun 10, 2020

Education system updates in Azerbaijan and the Republic of Georgia.

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Diary of an International Credential Evaluator

Jun 1, 2020

Connecting with peers during a pandemic.

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AACRAO EDGE: Convenient, accurate resource on foreign education systems

May 19, 2020

The database is getting an overhaul. Learn about the new features.

78 percent of institutions have conducted virtual outready to future students globally

COVID-19 creates international student enrollment uncertainty

May 19, 2020

Report offers insight into drastic recruitment changes.

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Diary of an International Credential Evaluator

May 18, 2020

Credential fraud explodes as COVID-19 provides opportunity for scammers. (Webinar: Protect your institution.)

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Your Caribbean Students and CXC® Exams

May 15, 2020

What to expect in pandemic times (webinar May 27).

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4 creative international enrollment solutions during COVID-19

May 4, 2020

Reconsider deadlines, start dates, instruction delivery and more.

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Diary of an International Credential Evaluator

May 1, 2020

How the COVID crisis is different than disruptions we've seen before.

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Please respond to IIE surveys

Apr 21, 2020

Open Doors student census & COVID-19 snapshot surveys close in the coming days.

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Support incoming international students with academic acclimation workshops

Apr 16, 2020

Texas State University's plan for easing the transition and helping int'l students succeed.

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Ever heard of Baden-Württemberg?

Apr 3, 2020

Learn about this year's host city, Ulm, home of Albert Einstein.

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Save the date: Baden-Württemberg Seminar

Mar 21, 2020

The 2020 BW Seminar will be held October 18-24 in Ulm, Germany. Applications open soon.

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International recruitment & study abroad impacts of COVID 19

Mar 9, 2020

In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding Coronavirus, campuses across the country are suspending staff travel and cancelling some study abroad programs.

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A moving target: 3 big challenges facing international ed today

Mar 9, 2020

How institutions can respond.

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2020 AIEA Conference "Rethinks Comprehensive Internationalization"

Mar 7, 2020

AACRAO presented on our work around the UNESCO Global Convention for Recognition.

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AICE Symposium to focus on International Professional Degrees

Mar 6, 2020

If internationally-educated professionals decide to “go back to school” in the US, what are their options?

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Global colleagues learn international transfer credit at AACRAO’s Winter Institute

Feb 24, 2020

How can one master 196 educational systems in five days?

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Pearson Edexcel & BTEC: Designing qualifications for the future

Feb 24, 2020

Free webinar March 4: Learn about academic and vocational credentials for international students seeking degrees in the US and Canada.

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AACRAO debuts enhanced credential evaluation database

Feb 10, 2020

Exciting new features will soon be unveiled in AACRAO EDGE, the Electronic Database for Global Education.

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IIE launches Emergency Student Fund effort to support students affected by crises

Feb 10, 2020

Completed nominations must be received by February 19, 2020.

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Pakistan

Jan 14, 2020

A resource for international enrollment management.

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Scholarship Opportunities abroad: Cyprus and Bhutan

Dec 16, 2019

A resource for international enrollment management.

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Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars

Dec 15, 2019

Opportunities for study in Germany and France. Deadline Feb. 3, 2020.

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Top 5 picks from AACRAO’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Dec 2, 2019

Join AACRAO Gives for #GivingTuesday, and shop professional development for yourself and your staff.

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International Education Week 2019: Cultivating global citizens

Nov 18, 2019

Peek inside the 2019 Open Doors report, an annual survey on international students in the U.S. and U.S. students studying abroad, released Monday.

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Building the Blueprint: the 2019 Baden-Württemberg Seminar

Nov 12, 2019

One participant shares her most memorable moment, biggest takeaway, and advice for next year's seminar participants.

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Get familiar with the British "A" and "AS" levels

Oct 20, 2019

Like AP and IB exams, they award advanced credit -- and are becoming popular with domestic students, too.

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Singapore

Oct 8, 2019

A resource for international enrollment management.

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2019 Fall International Student Enrollment Hot Topics Survey now open

Oct 7, 2019

Survey on current events and trends that may impact international student enrollment. Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

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Foreign credentials: The value of sight references

Oct 7, 2019

AACRAO EDGE Sample Document Initiative supports evaluators at every step. You can help build our sample database.

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The Baden-Wurttemberg Seminar: Auf Wiedersehen und Schöne Reise!

Oct 7, 2019

“Goodbye and have a nice trip!” A peek into the daily schedule of B-W particpants.

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Kazakhstan

Sep 23, 2019

A resource for international enrollment management.

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September 20, 2019: International Day of University Sport

Sep 9, 2019

Guidelines and tips for events supporting student-athletes.

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Yemen

Sep 9, 2019

A resource for building internationalization strategies and international enrollment management.

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Reconvening after AACRAO's Fall Symposium: Global Recognition in International Admissions and Credential Evaluation

Sep 9, 2019

Webinar: Oct 3, 2019.

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Malaysia

Aug 27, 2019

A resource for building internationalization strategies and international enrollment management.

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Webinar: "Promoting International Student Mobility"

Aug 26, 2019

September 11, 2019 -- Join us for a conversation about how we can work together to promote international student mobility.

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AACRAO International Symposium on Global Recognition

Aug 26, 2019

Held on Aug. 2, the Symposium provided insight on the current U.S. position on the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

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AACRAO attends EducationUSA 2019 Forum

Aug 26, 2019

Highlights included a Global Showcase and a shared passion for international education.

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Global Recognition Convention - Global Perspectives

Aug 12, 2019

Explore global perspective from the Global Recognition Convention

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Thailand

Aug 12, 2019

A resource for building internationalization strategies and international enrollment management.

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A community of evaluators

Aug 12, 2019

Summer Institute helps attendees practice "transcript-ese" and avoid surprises.

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Global Recognition Convention - U.S. Perspective

Aug 11, 2019

Learn about the Global Convention on Recognition - The U.S. Perspective

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AACRAO's 2019 Symposium on Global Recognition

Aug 10, 2019

Learn more about the 2019 Symposium on Global Recognition

"The Power of (A), Stronger by Association, Celebrating 10 Years"

AACRAO pledge recognized with "Power of A" Award

Jul 29, 2019

ASAE honored AACRAO's work "above and beyond their everyday mission to undertake initiatives that benefit America and the world."

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Eye-opening data about global student mobility

Jun 25, 2019

And facts about the seriousness of credential fraud.

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Kuwait

Jun 24, 2019

A resource for building internationalization strategies and international enrollment management.

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Global Recognition in International Credential Evaluation: Is It Possible? Is It Necessary?

Jun 24, 2019

Will the U.S. continue to be a study destination when so many other nations are coming together on credential recognition?

Who you gonna call about academic credential fraud?

Jun 21, 2019

AACRAO International fraud-busters help with identification and response.

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Help! I’m new to international admissions

Jun 20, 2019

3 common questions & ready resources for new evaluators

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Baden-Württemberg Seminar participant spotlight: Katrina Brown

Jun 11, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered whether the B-W Seminar would pay off professionally, hear (and see!) Katrina's experience.

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U.S. Commercial Service holds Best Practices for Study Consortia Meeting at AACRAO

Jun 11, 2019

AACRAO is pleased to support the efforts of the USCS in promoting the U.S. as a study destination for international students.

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Global recognition in International Admissions and Credential Evaluation

Jun 10, 2019

As times change, can the US international admissions and credential evaluation system stay decentralized and unstructured?

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Iraq

May 28, 2019

A resource for building internationalization strategies and international enrollment management.

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Saudi Arabia

May 14, 2019

A resource for building internationalization strategies and international enrollment management.

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IELTS research grant opportunities

May 14, 2019

The International English Language Testing System offers funding for research in linguistics and language education.

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

May 13, 2019

If not, that’s OK…you are still eligible to apply to attend the Baden-Württemberg Seminar! (Applications due 6/14.)

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Poland: An exciting destination for students and scholars

May 10, 2019

On the heels of May 3 Constitution Day, here are some recent initiatives Poland has undertaken to internationalize its higher education offerings.

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AACRAO and AICE partner to strengthen the international higher ed community

Apr 30, 2019

Also: a report on the AICE 2019 Symposium regarding digital documentation.

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International recruitment agents: Friend or foe?

Apr 15, 2019

The value of having representatives on the ground.

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AACRAO proudly recognizes the first recipient of the Nathanson Research Fund for International Education, Laura Parson

Apr 14, 2019

Read about her EDGE research in Hungary, and learn about another research funding opportunity from IELTS (English-language testing).

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Oman

Apr 12, 2019

Build internationalization strategies and international enrollment management resources.

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Taking a pledge for education

Apr 2, 2019

Help vulnerable and displaced students now.

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Evaluating International Professional Degrees

Apr 2, 2019

Download the Evaluation Methodology worksheet to use on your campus.

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Arizona International Educators affirm global leadership in a time of change

Mar 17, 2019

AACRAO International staff member Ann Koenig co-presented a breakout session on using online verification systems in the processing of international student records.

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4 ways to engage faculty in international SEM

Mar 17, 2019

Tips include modifying academic programs, improving teaching practices, and enhancing student recruitment and support strategies.

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Scholarship opportunities abroad: Bahrain

Mar 17, 2019

Building internationalization strategies and international enrollment management resources.

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EdUSA and Dept of Commerce to discuss policies on work with commissioned agents

Mar 5, 2019

EducationUSA, AIRC, NACAC, and AACRAO offer two-part webinar.

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IIE Summit: A centennial celebration and a call to action

Mar 4, 2019

AACRAO traveled to New York for the event, which encouraged attendees to ask how their institutions can support the basic human right to education.

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Lesson from Winter Institute: Professional development has no limits

Mar 4, 2019

If you could go back in time and give yourself career advice, what would it be?

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Reminder to complete the Open Doors Surveys

Mar 3, 2019

The deadline for the International Student Census is March 14 and Study Abroad Survey is March 20.

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Showcasing AICE and AACRAO collaboration

Feb 18, 2019

A webinar on the organizations' joint work setting standards in graduate admissions and accreditation.

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AACRAO International supports EducationUSA seminar

Feb 18, 2019

The seminar, hosted at UW Madison, was the first of a series of regional seminars EducationUSA hopes to host around the country.

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Reflections from Winter Institute 2019

Feb 18, 2019

There is no college degree or workshop that will teach us how to do everything. A community of professionals is essential.

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Commissioned Recruitment Agents: A Policy Shift

Feb 5, 2019

A highly debated topic with many in the field of International Education drawing hard ethical lines on the practice.

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International credentials: Qualifications Framework (QF) fundamentals

Feb 4, 2019

What's a QF, where are they used, and why? (Plus an explanatory peek at New Zealand's national QF.)

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What’s next in international higher ed? Possibilities and probabilities for the future

Feb 4, 2019

AACRAO presented at the 2019 AIEA Conference, attended by over 800 SIOs.

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Dr. Keith David Watenpaugh to address AACRAO 2019 International Luncheon

Jan 22, 2019

Professor and founding director of Human Rights Studies at UC Davis, Watenpaugh has spent his career supporting the basic human right to education.

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AACRAO goes to Warsaw

Jan 22, 2019

Institutions from around the country gathered to discuss issues around academic exchange with the US and the UK.

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Tips for evaluating incomplete international credit

Jan 21, 2019

Addressing the training gap.

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AACRAO attends UNESCO meeting in Paris

Jan 7, 2019

The goal of the global convention is to facilitate inter-regional mobility, build and reinforce the regional conventions, and serve higher education into the future.

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AACRAO to present at EdUSA seminar on recruiting and hosting international students

Jan 7, 2019

Event held at UW-Madison and free to all accredited institutions in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota.

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Aleks Morawski joins AACRAO Winter Institute team

Dec 10, 2018

Understanding foreign credentials is an imperative of fairness and student success.

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Meet Winter Institute Faculty Robert Watkins

Nov 27, 2018

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Admitting Vulnerable Student Populations to U.S. Campuses

Nov 27, 2018

AACRAO – IIE PEER best practices workshop helps U.S. institutions have the tools put in place now in order to support the next population of vulnerable students.

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AACRAO hosts visitors from Gulf countries interested in U.S. admissions processes and study abroad

Nov 26, 2018

Participants were sponsored by the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.

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Field Notes: Common confusion surrounding international credit evaluations

Nov 13, 2018

What to look for when partnering with an evaluation company.

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Meet Staci Bernhard, faculty for AACRAO's Winter Institute for International Transfer Credit

Oct 30, 2018

She shares her love of learning, of travel, and regret over a missed professional development opportunity.

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A note from the 2018 Baden-Württemberg Seminar

Oct 29, 2018

Surprising lessons include: don’t stand under a tree in a lightning storm.

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Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr

Oct 15, 2018

"What little Johnny doesn't learn, old John will never learn." But the Baden-Württemberg exchange participants are going to try.

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AACRAO International staff attend TAICEP

Oct 15, 2018

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A moral imperative: Why and how universities can support vulnerable and displaced student populations

Oct 1, 2018

Academically defensible strategies for admitting students without normal documentation.

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Cuba: Higher education for workforce development

Aug 20, 2018

The socialist nation plans education in a centralized, intentional way to meet projected labor needs.

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AACRAO hosts 25th Annual Summer Institute for International Admissions

Aug 3, 2018

This 5-day intensive training that trains participants on what key elements to look out for on international student records.

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Corporate conversation at AACRAO Technology & Transfer

Jul 23, 2018

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AACRAO returns to Lebanon to help refugees seeking education

Jul 20, 2018

Identifying, assisting, and admitting vulnerable and displaced students.

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AACRAO travels to Prague for ENIC-NARIC meeting

Jul 2, 2018

Learn more about AACRAO EDGE's role with the EU education networks.

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AACRAO supports UC Davis launch of digital tool to help Syrian refugees reclaim right to education

Jun 18, 2018

Facebook live event: Wednesday morning at 7 A.M. EDT.

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AACRAO meets with European education ministries

Jun 18, 2018

AACRAO and IIE served as the U.S. delegation at the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Ministerial Conference in Paris.

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Is global education in crisis?

Jun 5, 2018

How institutions can grapple with uncertainty and promise in the global higher education environment.

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AACRAO and AICE attend the Bilateral Seminar on The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative

May 22, 2018

A report on the bilateral seminar held May 14-15, 2018, at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.

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Building an international student pipeline

May 21, 2018

Reach students in their element through strategic recruitment partnerships.

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A GDPR lesson from Y2K, with duck sauce

May 21, 2018

Instead of a threat, it's an opportunity.

Unknown Portrait of An AACRAO Professional

Wang Chao joins AACRAO International as Summer Institute faculty member

May 21, 2018

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5 findings on colleges & universities' readiness for the GDPR

May 7, 2018

Top issues ahead of the May 25th implementation of Europe's new privacy regulation.

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Field Notes: Are your staff professionally competent?

Apr 19, 2018

A guide to assessing and building proficiency through mentorship, training, and promotion.

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AACRAO discussion draft on GDPR is available for download and commenting

Apr 9, 2018

Deadline: April 15, 2018.

A big-picture look at India's educational system

Mar 27, 2018

Primary-source documents are useful, even if they aren't official.

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In Cuba, education is a right for all

Mar 13, 2018

AACRAO research returns to the field as 12 delegates travel to Havana.

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AACRAO convenes global organizations in support of displaced and vulnerable students

Mar 13, 2018

Serving the world's most vulnerable students.

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Clayton State University takes the gold at the Winter Olympics for International Transfer Credit!

Feb 27, 2018

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Gaining confidence in credential evaluation

Feb 26, 2018

Three experts discuss career paths and PD resources on a budget for novices, mid-career professionals and evaluations experts.

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AACRAO to join the University Alliance for Refugee and at Risk Migrants

Feb 12, 2018

Extending our work with displaced and vulnerable students.

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The cost of not complying with GDPR

Jan 16, 2018

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?" (John Wooden)

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The U.S. perspective on the three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor's degree

Jan 16, 2018

Is there a coherent U.S. perspective on how to evaluate degree?

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3 ways to ensure equitable international credit assessment

Jan 15, 2018

Prioritize these best practices for fair, consistent, and accurate decisions.

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The complex intersection of immigration policy and higher education

Jan 15, 2018

What is college and universities' role regarding DACA/Dreamers, refugees, and migrants?

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AACRAO travels to Lebanon in support of the Article 26 Backpack

Dec 12, 2017

The project addresses document reconstruction and assessment for displaced students.

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U.S. higher education experiencing a "significant wake-up call"

Dec 12, 2017

Francisco Marmolejo, Tertiary Education Global Coordinator at the World Bank, reflects on U.S. higher education in the global context.

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Baden-Württemberg Seminar teaches registrar, admissions, and international professionals about the German educational system

Dec 11, 2017

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The Cuba Project research team announced

Nov 28, 2017

This team will be a part of a year-long comparative international education project that will culminate in the production of a publication on the Cuban education system, an update of the AACRAO EDGE profile, and the creation of presentation ...

AACRAO welcomes two IESC Fellows

Nov 13, 2017

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Intensive Foreign Credentials workshop meets in Phoenix

Oct 30, 2017

AACRAO International taught basic principles and major education systems.

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AACRAO travels to Mexico for ARSEE Conference

Oct 18, 2017

AACRAO Gov't. Rel. Dir. William Gil provided keynote remarks on how President Trump's election has impacted international student numbers and immigration.

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Int'l admissions: Advice for newcomers and experienced professionals

Oct 17, 2017

And join AACRAO's 12th Annual Winter Institute for International Transfer Credit.

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Recruit and retain qualified international students

Sep 19, 2017

Learn strategies for recruiting international students and discover resources from EducationUSA, a U.S. Department of State network of international advising centers.

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AACRAO members: Opportunity for travel and research in Cuba

Sep 5, 2017

AACRAO partners to offer an exchange program for graduate students and professionals. Application deadline this winter.

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AACRAOans are on their way to Germany this fall

Aug 8, 2017

Baden-W├╝rttemberg Seminar participants selected.

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3 things you should know about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Aug 8, 2017

The EU's "most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years."

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The Three-Year Bologna Bachelor's Degrees: A U.S. and European Perspective

Jul 25, 2017

A report from the June ENIC-NARIC meeting in Copenhagen.

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A fun way to learn about foreign credential evaluation

Jul 24, 2017

Sixty-two participants from institutions across the U.S. and Canada gathered for a five-day trip around the world.

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AACRAO International presents 2-Day intensive workshop

Jul 11, 2017

21 participants from around the country came together to learn about international transfer credit assessment and resources.

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AACRAO establishes International Education Standards Council Fellowship

Jun 26, 2017

The Fellows' role will not only enhance the individual's professional skills in credential research, but will also lend transparency to the IESC's deliberative process. Apply now.

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The impact of politics on international student mobility

Jun 26, 2017

U.S. and U.K. representatives discussed he effects of anti-immigration policies and visa restrictions on international student recruitment.

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AACRAO Executive Director Mike Reilly named Vice Chair of international student data exchange network

Jun 13, 2017

Groningen Declaration Network establishes board, bylaws; receives formal recognition in the Netherlands.

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AACRAO selects Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert as IESC-EDGE Chair, recognizes retiring Chair Gloria Nathanson

Jun 13, 2017

Announcing the Gloria R. Nathanson Fund for research in international educationï

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7 formal recommendations on international student data portability

May 16, 2017

AACRAO International participated in the Groningen Declaration Network Symposium on Credential Evaluation Professional Issues hosted at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in April 2017.

Setting the Standard for Graduate Admissions: Three-year degrees and other admissions challenges

Apr 18, 2017

2017 AICE Minneapolis Symposium

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Intensive China & India Workshop

Apr 18, 2017

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International Transcript Exchange: The New Frontier

Apr 18, 2017

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On the cutting EDGE

Apr 4, 2017

An update on AACRAO EDGE (Electronic Database for Global Education)

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Largest decrease in 2017 International Student Applications from Middle-Eastern sending countries

Mar 20, 2017

Middle East, India, and Latin America are most concerned for the safety of international students in the U.S.

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Best practices for international credential evaluation

Mar 7, 2017

AACRAO International and AACRAO EDGE offer tips and training for your evaluations.

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Open Doors survey deadlines approaching

Feb 21, 2017

Respond before March deadlines to IIE's surveys on international students in the U.S., intensive English programs, and U.S. students studying abroad.

Group of international educators traveled 56% of the world

Feb 20, 2017

Shortly after Thanksgiving 2016, a group of 14 educators met in Freiburg, Germany for a week-long international experience that was described by those on the trip as an "experience of a lifetime."

Evaluating international transfer credit

Feb 6, 2017

AACRAO Institutes address common questions.

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Key questions when evaluating foreign credentials

Nov 29, 2016

And upcoming foreign credential evaluation training opportunities.

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Take the EDGE off of evaluating foreign credentials

Nov 29, 2016

The go-to resource for evaluating unfamiliar foreign credentials and hands-on learning opportunities at the Institutes for International Transfer Credit.

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Open Doors 2016 released this week

Nov 15, 2016

Report on International Educational Exchange data shows trends in and implications of international education.

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AACRAO International Education Services expands training offerings, calls for faculty

Oct 12, 2016

AACRAO IES is shifting to meet member needs.

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Fall 2016 International Enrollment Hot Topics Survey

Oct 4, 2016

Deadline: October 17, 2016

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Bologna, three-year degrees, and what it means for the U.S.

Aug 23, 2016

The problem of consistency and fairness.

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Addressing corruption in higher education

Aug 23, 2016

Expert group publishes "wake-up call" Advisory Statement.

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Study abroad professionals come together at targeted workshop

Jul 26, 2016

6 best practices for record review.

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The communications gap in study abroad credential evaluation

May 3, 2016

Talking about credit and grade conversion, equivalences, resource management and more.

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2nd bilateral Transatlantic Friendship Mobility Initiative seminar held in March

Apr 5, 2016

AACRAO international experts traveled to Paris to participate.

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CHEA and IIEP-UNESCO host expert meeting on academic corruption

Apr 5, 2016

The meeting addressed topics including quality assurance, accreditation, and academic dishonesty.

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International student success: A SEM priority

Mar 8, 2016

6 factors that influence international student success

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In memory of Alan Margolis (1938-2016)

Mar 7, 2016

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Providing services and resources to help guide undocumented students.

Feb 23, 2016

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AACRAO IES to see shift in mission in 2016

Feb 23, 2016

We will deepen our engagement in international education systems research and professional development, training in international admissions, and AACRAO EDGE.

Open Doors International Student Census and U.S. Study Abroad surveys now open--deadline soon

Feb 22, 2016

The surveys capture information on international students in U.S. colleges and U.S. students studying abroad.

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Supporting Syrian refugee access to U.S. higher education

Jan 27, 2016

Context, best practices and resources.

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More Coverage of Chinese and Indian Credentials at the 10th Annual Winter Institute!

Jan 22, 2016

Access for all: Results of the 2015 Open Doors Survey

Dec 1, 2015

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education (IIE) event aims to understand trends in study abroad.

Female of color holding a sign that says "I am #Generation Study Abroad".

Inaugural Summit on Generation Study Abroad: What can your campus do?

Dec 1, 2015

Education, government and business leaders met to discuss the importance of access to international experience.

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Fall 2015 International Student Enrollment Snapshot Survey

Oct 20, 2015

Once again, our group of higher education associations is jointly surveying its members/member institutions to gather data comparing this fall's international student enrollments with last fall's. Please complete this important survey b ...

Academic documents received from Nigerian city affected by Boko Haram

Apr 6, 2015

Temporary closure of University of Maiduguri forced short-term reliance on photocopy of transcript.

Open Doors Survey: Striving to form a bridge between students in the US and abroad

Dec 1, 2014

Trends in students coming to the U.S. to study and U.S. students studying abroad--and resources for your institution.

Bostwana: Private tertiary institutions and new public university offer greater access to higher education

Nov 4, 2014

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) has become the first fully-licensed tertiary education provider in Botswana.

India: Long-term medical school entrance exam fraud involves highest officials

Nov 4, 2014

The fraud has widespread repercussions.

India: Four-year degree fight reaches IITs and private institutions

Sep 23, 2014

India's University Grants Commission has notified prestigious institutes that they must abandon four-year bachelor's degree programs.

Rwanda: Reorganization of public higher education underway

Sep 9, 2014

The goals are to strengthen academic standards, maximize resources and improve operating efficiency.

AACRAO International Services hosts record-breaking Summer Institute

Aug 12, 2014

Participants discussed TOEFL scores, recruitment and foreign credential assessment

UK visa fraud investigations focus on international student-centered branch campuses in London

Jul 28, 2014

The fraud could be the result of organized activity related to the English testing fraud that was uncovered by the BBC.

India: University of Delhi four-year bachelor degree program appears to be scrapped after one year

Jul 28, 2014

The action was a result of pressure from political parties that had promised an end to the program as part of their platforms in recent elections.

Brazil: Plagiarism common; little awareness of academic integrity

Jul 1, 2014

While the world focuses on issues of "fair play" in the World Cup in Brazil, a report reveals that plagiarism is common in Brazilian higher education.

Process of higher education "harmonization" beginning in southeast Asia

Jul 1, 2014

Russia-Ukraine dispute: Impacts on Crimean education credentials

Jun 2, 2014

AACRAO IES has been following the latest developments in the ongoing territorial dispute between Russia and Ukraine over the Crimean peninsula and the city of Sevastopol and its effect on the region's system of education.

EAIE announces 3 webinars for international educators

May 20, 2014

European Association of International Educators, an AACRAO association partner, is offering webinars on topics including fraud in Chinese diplomas, Google Analytics and social media.

Presentation by The Student and Exchange Visitor Program at Summer Institute 2014

May 19, 2014

As part of its outreach efforts, on July 28, SEVP will participate in a joint panel with the U.S. Department of State at AACRAO's 21st Annual Summer Institute for International Admissions.

Everything you didn't know about the US education system

Apr 8, 2014

In a preconference workshop, AACRAO International Education Services (IES) explains various aspects of the US education system to international attendees of the AACRAO Annual meeting.

BBC exposé reveals fraud in UK English testing, student visa process

Feb 24, 2014

National graduate school entrance examination in China: Lower numbers, fraud operation in Harbin

Feb 23, 2014

The Chinese annual national graduate school entrance examination held January 4-5, 2014, was marked by lower turnout and the discovery of a cheating operation.

UK Update: Merger plan for Institute of Education and University College London

Feb 11, 2014

A formal decision by UCL about the merger is expected today (February 11, 2014).

EAIE Academy in April

Feb 10, 2014

The 2014 Spring EAIE Academy will be held in the Hague from April 7-11th, 2014.

Classes resume at Nigerian public universities after six-month strike

Feb 10, 2014

A strike of Nigerian public university employees finally ended in December.

Philippines: Updates on typhoon-damaged universities

Jan 28, 2014

Following the "super typhoon," the Philippines Commission on Higher Education (CHED) set January 15, 2014, as a goal date for reopening universities.

International admissions professionals: 3 ways to stay up-to-date on trends

Jan 14, 2014

Continuing education is essential for those working in the field of international admissions.

Meet the AACRAO Staff: Dale Gough, Director of IES

Jan 14, 2014

Find out how jumping out a plane landed Dale Gough at AACRAO.

Typhoon-affected institutions aim to reopen in January

Dec 17, 2013

Higher education institutions in regions of the Philippines hit by typhoon Haiyun are planning to reopen by January 15, 2014.

Netherlands: Al-Huraa fined for issuing fraudulent diplomas; Dutch to pass law regulating use of term "University"

Dec 17, 2013

Based on the fact that "Al-Huraa University" is not officially recognized as a degree-granting institution by any bonafide education authorities in countries where it has or has had operations, and its false claims of recognition, AACRA ...

Ukraine adopts Bologna-style "Diploma Supplement" as official higher education document

Dec 10, 2013

Effective January 1, 2014, the "Diploma Supplement of European standard" or "European model" (DS) will become an official document in the Republic of Ukraine.

Open Doors survey highlights the growing number of international students in the U.S.

Nov 26, 2013

The Institute of International Education presented findings from a major survey about international education.

Latest Russian higher education curriculum standards mandate use of "credit units"

Nov 12, 2013

The Russian Federation has developed new "Federal State Educational Standards" (FSES) that define higher education programs in terms of "workload credit units", replacing the traditional hours system.

MOOC opportunities "Down Under"

Nov 12, 2013

Both Australia and New Zealand have launched free online learning platforms this year, offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) to anyone with an Internet connection and an interest in learning.

The Winter Institute: One reason D.C. is beautiful in winter

Oct 29, 2013

AACRAO IES staff invites you to join us January 27-29, 2014 in Washington DC for the 8th Annual Winter Institute for Transfer Credit.

Spotlight Roundup: Big Data, Credential fraud, FERPA vendors, Enrollment trends

Aug 27, 2013

The 13th rule of credential evaluation

Aug 27, 2013

UK Student Record Innovations: US-Style GPA and Electronic Documentation

Aug 27, 2013

Rwanda: Updates on general secondary examinations and information resources

Aug 27, 2013

EU launches international university ranking system

Aug 27, 2013

Turkmenistan: Changes continue; secondary education expanded - again

Aug 27, 2013

Russian diplomas get updated look

Aug 27, 2013

What's new in Mongolian education

Aug 27, 2013

Annual Meeting Insights: US-patterned secondary schools in foreign countries; Education development in Afghanistan

Aug 23, 2013

Annual Meeting Insights: Financial Aid Issues

Aug 23, 2013

Annual Meeting Insights: Empowering students through financial aid literacy; Mentorship program improves retention; A holistic approach to international student success

Aug 23, 2013

International Admissions professionals gain steam at the Annual Meeting

Aug 23, 2013

Travel as Professional Development: The Baden-W├╝rttemberg Seminar

Aug 23, 2013

Around the World at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Aug 23, 2013

Unearned degrees: A cautionary tale

Aug 23, 2013