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The International Credential Highway. Building Blocks for Successful Review and Verification of International Documentation Judith Haccou, Director Graduate Admissions Tifany Ferguson, Degree Progress Manager. Graduate Admissions – Stanford University. Decentralized Admissions Process

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The International Credential Highway

Building Blocks for Successful Review and Verification of International Documentation

Judith Haccou, Director Graduate Admissions

Tifany Ferguson, Degree Progress

Manager


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Graduate Admissions – Stanford University

  • Decentralized Admissions Process

    • 65 + graduate departments and professional Schools

      • Establish application deadlines

      • Receive applications and supporting documents

      • Offer admission and financial aid


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Graduate Admissions - Stanford University

  • Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar

    • Respond to questions from prospective degree and non-degree seeking graduate students, Stanford staff and faculty in the 65 + graduate departments and 3 professional schools

    • Provide publications for prospective applicants and admitted students

    • Manage the on-line application for 65+ graduate departments


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Graduate Admissions – Stanford University

  • For students who have accepted admission

    • Issue initial visa certifications

    • Authorize enrollment upon verification of academic credentials


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Statistics: Autumn 2008

  • Applied: 33,557 (International: 11,272)

  • Admitted: 4,330 (International: 1,422)

  • New Enrolled: 2,382 (International: 824)


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International Credential Highway

  • How do we stay on track with the high speeds that encompass the International Credential Highway?

    • Stay up to date with the ever changing educational systems and corresponding documentation

    • Ensure that the application dossier is complete and authentic

    • Proactive and consistent evaluation of international academic credentials

    • Clear communication


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International Credential Highway: Road Blocks verses Building Blocks

Knowledge

ROAD BLOCKS

Communication

Self-Assessments

Fraudulent Documents


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Road Block - Knowledge

  • Time consuming to stay on top of constant changes

  • Budget constraints for professional conference attendance

  • Web sources not always dependable or accurate


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Road Block - Communication

  • 3 general populations that Stanford engages with:

    • 1. Prospective Students/Accepted Students

    • 2. Campus Constituents

    • 3. International Institutions


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Road Block- Communication with Prospective/Accepted Students

  • We do not provide preliminary evaluation of credentials for potential admission

  • Not feasible to provide and maintain degree guidelines for each country and type of institution

  • Language barriers

  • Self-assessment of degree to US equivalency


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Road Block- Communication with Campus Constituents

  • Resources provided may not be utilized appropriately

  • Staff turnover


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Road Block- Communication with International Institutions

  • Institutions do not always respond to verification inquiries

  • Difficulty determining who to contact

  • Language barriers


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Road Block – Self Assessments & Fake Degrees

  • Self Assessments

    • Translations

      • Academic institution attestations that mimic official degree certification

      • Degree Equivalency to U.S. degree

      • Who should they come from?

  • Fake Degrees

    • Ongoing technological advancement increases difficulty


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International Credential Highway

Knowledge

BUILDING BLOCKS

Communication

Knowledge

Self-Assessments

Fraudulent Documents


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Building Block - Knowledge

  • Time –

    • Establish internal reference library

  • Budget constraints –

    • Internal skill development

    • Local networking


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Building Block - Knowledge

  • Web Sources

    • AACRAO Edge

    • World Education Services (WES)

    • International Association of Universities

    • International Education Resource Foundation (The New Country Index, Making Sense of International Credentials)

  • Publications

    • The Chronicle of Higher Education

    • International Handbook of Universities

    • AACRAO


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Building Block - Communications

  • 1. Prospective /accepted students

  • 2. Campus constituents

  • 3. International institutions


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Building Block – Communication with Prospective/Accepted Students

  • Provide clear and consistent minimum eligibility guidelines through

    • University web page

    • Publications

    • Email correspondence


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Building Block – Communication with Prospective/Accepted Students

  • To be eligible for graduate study at Stanford, applicants must meet one of the following guidelines:

    • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or

    • Completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing


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Building Block- Communication with Accepted Students Students

  • Contingency statement in offer letter

    • All offers of admission are contingent upon verification of the fulfillment of admission requirements by Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar

  • Publications

  • Email notification

  • Student self-service portal “to do” list


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Building Block – Communication with Campus Constituents Students

  • Monthly meetings

  • Group training sessions

  • Presentations

  • Email

  • Publications


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Building Block – Communication with International Institutions

  • Verification Inquiries

    • Use appropriate terminology depending on country and/or institution

    • Transcript request form

  • Collaboration with Stanford students and faculty


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Building Block – Self Assessments & Fake Degrees Institutions

Establish Standardized Evaluation Approach to Credential Evaluation

The Stanford Approach


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Stanford Approach: R.A.P Review Applications Proactively Institutions

  • Arrange documents in chronological order

  • Verify bio-demo data

  • Verify educational history


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Stanford Approach: R.A.P. Review Applications Proactively Institutions

  • Credentials are accepted as official only when they are issued by authorized educational institution

  • Determine if degree meets established institution admission requirement

    • Use Knowledge & Communication Building Blocks:

      • Refer to internal library, web resources and published references


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Building Block- Self Assessments and Fake Degrees Institutions

  • Trust your instincts!

  • If needed, ask for verification

    • Contact institution and request verification of credential

    • If in doubt, direct the applicant to a NAACES Credential Evaluation Service

  • Train your campus constituents to be on the look out for fake documents

  • Never rush an evaluation


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