AACRAO Edge Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this school accredited/approved/recognized?



    • AACRAO as a body does not approve any institutions. An institution must be recognized by the relevant body of authority in its own country to be considered recognized/approved.
    • The International Activities Listserv is an excellent place to ask your colleagues about their experiences with the school and country, in general. Whenever you have useful information or suggestions, please share with your colleagues! Your experience is valuable and helpful to others.
    • AACRAO EDGE subscribers can navigate to the appropriate country and look on the Resources tab for information on recognition bodies in-country. Also, static lists have also been posted on the Institutions tab. It is always a best practice to use the most recent information available when evaluating the status of an institution.



  • I don't see this credential within EDGE. Can you help me better understand this?



    • This is an excellent question to pose to our IESC (International Education Standards Council) which determines academic placement suggestions for foreign credentials as well as grading scale equivalency suggestions. Please submit this question to EDGE@aacrao.org to ensure this goes before the IESC.



  • How much transfer credit should we award for this credential?





  • Can you provide some background information on a particular topic?



    • The International Activities Listserv would be a fantastic place to find an expert in a particular area.  There is a wide range of professionals participating that may be able to answer your questions; this is an excellent opportunity to learn from more experienced colleagues and share best practices and information with colleagues who are still developing their evaluation techniques.
    • Email your question to InternationalActivities@lists.aacrao.org to get started.


  • Who posts on the International Activities Listserv and how do I sign up and start posting?





  • How did you come up with the grading scales for this particular system?



    • Grade conversions are developed based on a number of factors. For example, the native grading system is taken into consideration, including what the grade represents in the country of study, the distribution of grades there, and whether it is a criterion-referenced system (set against a predetermined standard) or a norm-referenced system (set against other student performances). Some educational systems may have a marginal/conditional pass, which would be regarded as comparable to a grade of D in the United States. Such a grade, however is non-existent in other systems. Similarly, some countries may have a centralized, standardized grading scale, while others may have a variety of grading schemes. During this process, the minimum passing grade, the failing grade, and the top grade are also noted, along with the overall range of grades that make up a particular scale. This information is then collectively used to establish US grade equivalencies. Although the recommended grade conversions are provided in EDGE, users are always advised to check if a grading scale has been provided on the transcript of record for the studies in question.



  • What is this document that I'm looking at? Can I send you a copy of it?



    • If you would like to submit a document to the IESC for review, it is important that you redact the document to protect individual student privacy.
    • If the document is not yet in EDGE, we will need to do additional research before we can answer your question.



  • I disagree with your assessment of this credential.





  • Have you heard about 'X event' in 'Y country'? What is the impact on obtaining official documents?



    • Have you reached out to the school in question directly? If there's an available contact at the institution, they would probably be the best source of information.
    • Post this question to the International Activities Listserv, an excellent place to ask your colleagues about their experiences and a good place to share once it happens in your office.



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