International Research & Engagement


Initial Report Release: The US Perspective on the Bologna-compliant Three Year Degree

On September 18, 2017, AACRAO hosted the 2nd symposium focused on the U.S. perspective on the three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degree. This gathering brought together more than 30 leaders from across U.S. higher education, including representatives from institutions, professional credential evaluators, and other key stakeholders to explore the current perspectives of U.S. Higher education on this as of yet unresolved issue. 

Symposium participants will continue to be engaged with a number of identified next steps, including but not limited to continued discussion of standards, education of end users, clarification of the function of an evaluation as an advisory opinion, and collaborations with the regulated professions. AACRAO seeks to chart a path forward to communicate the complexity of the issues to U.S. institutions and their distributed graduate departments, our credential evaluation colleagues overseas, and, most importantly, to European students who would like to pursue graduate education in the U.S. In this world of increasing mobility, these conversations will become more and more important.

BW Seminar 2017 

Seven AACRAO members are Germany-bound. They are members of an elite group of fifteen colleagues chosen to participate in the 2017 Baden-Württemberg Seminar (BW Seminar). A 2016 participant had this to say about the program: “The highlight for me was getting to spend a week with a diverse group of colleagues from around the country and around the world. It was by far one of the best professional development opportunities I have ever experienced, which owes much of its impact to the great group of people who participated.”

AACRAO members chosen this year: 

  • Rosie Edmond: Director of International Admissions, Ohio Northern University
  • Jonathan Jump: Associate Dean of the College and Registrar, Wabash College
  • Anne Lanzit: Program Manager, Graduate Admissions, University of Connecticut
  • Nora McLaughlin: Registrar, Reed College
  • Brenda Schumann: Associate Registrar, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jandi Sorbo: Program Assistant for Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, Oregon State University
  • Cynthia Well:  Assistant Director of International Education Programs, University of California, Riverside

Gloria R. Nathanson Fund for Research in International Education

AACRAO is excited to announce the Gloria R. Nathanson Fund for Research in International Education, a fund dedicated to supporting country or education system research conducted by AACRAO members in order to further the body of knowledge in the field of comparative international education and credential evaluation.

​Groningen Declaration Network Symposium

AACRAO International recently participated in the Groningen Declaration Network Symposium on Credential Evaluation Professional Issues hosted at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The Symposium brought together experts from ten countries in the field of both foreign credential evaluation and digital student data portability to put forth recommendations to the Groningen Declaration Network. As part of the Symposium, AACRAO International contributed two white papers outlining the need for the development of standards, best practices and common language surrounding digital student data portability and the evaluation of digital data. 

  • Identifying the Challenges of Differences in Models of Online Databases
  • A Conversation on the Expansion of the Article 26 Backpack - A26BP Evaluation Committee: Background, Functions, and Conclusion