AACRAO and AICE partner to strengthen the international higher ed community

April 30, 2019
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partnership_handshake Last month, AACRAO signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc (AICE), a national non-profit association of credential evaluation service providers approved by the U.S. Department of Education. AICE is at the forefront of establishing standards in credential assessment, and the evaluation reports of its Endorsed Members. 

“We are pleased with our partnership with AACRAO as it aligns with AICE’s core mission of collaborating with organizations committed to upholding standards on many fronts that can be beneficial to our members offering them greater insight to make more informed decisions on international education credentials,“ says Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert, President of AICE. "AACRAO brings a wealth of experience, credibility, and strategic thinking that complements our approach,” she adds.

Although the two associations will collaborate on research and publications, the crux of this partnership is the commitment to upholding the mutual recognition of AICE and AACRAO’s International Education Standards Council (IESC) standards. Members and partners of both associations can expect
  • consistent interpretation of educational credentials,
  • state and federal advocacy for international education on the state
  • promotion of international educational professional development programs, and
  • collaboration on AACRAO conference presentations and AICE Symposia.
“AICE has long been a collaborative partner in the work that we do pertaining to international recognition and placement recommendations, stated Melanie Gottlieb, Deputy Director, AACRAO. “We are excited to both formalize the collaboration and to continue to find ways to further our work. Now more than ever, the international education community must come together to support our institutions and smooth the path for our students. AICE is a great partner in this endeavor.”

AICE Symposium & the joint AICE-AACRAO Survey report
AACRAO also attended the 2019 AICE Symposium in Los Angeles in April. The Symposium addressed the many stakeholders involved in the digital document process: the universities, government, and third-party platforms.

Panelists looked into the existing eco-system, security and reliability of the current digital systems and discussed the available tools for digital credential verification. Panelists and attendees exchanged ideas and shared verification tools to promote best practices while seeking digital solutions that promote data security, protection and standardization of digital processes.

Download this report, which provides an overview of the topics discussed at the Symposium and key takeaways, as well as the joint AICE-AACRAO 2018 Survey related to digital transcripts.