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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

The International Credential Highway

Building Blocks for Successful Review and Verification of International Documentation

Judith Haccou, Director Graduate Admissions

Tifany Ferguson, Degree Progress


graduate admissions stanford university
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
statistics autumn 2008
Statistics: Autumn 2008
  • Applied: 33,557 (International: 11,272)
  • Admitted: 4,330 (International: 1,422)
  • New Enrolled: 2,382 (International: 824)
international credential highway
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





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
road block communication
Road Block - Communication
  • 3 general populations that Stanford engages with:
    • 1. Prospective Students/Accepted Students
    • 2. Campus Constituents
    • 3. International Institutions
road block communication with prospective accepted students
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
road block communication with campus constituents
Road Block- Communication with Campus Constituents
  • Resources provided may not be utilized appropriately
  • Staff turnover
road block communication with international institutions
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






Fraudulent Documents

building block knowledge
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
building block communications
Building Block - Communications
  • 1. Prospective /accepted students
  • 2. Campus constituents
  • 3. International institutions
building block communication with prospective accepted students
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
building block communication with accepted students
Building Block- Communication with Accepted 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
building block communication with campus constituents
Building Block – Communication with Campus Constituents
  • Monthly meetings
  • Group training sessions
  • Presentations
  • Email
  • Publications
building block communication with international institutions
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

Establish Standardized Evaluation Approach to Credential Evaluation

The Stanford Approach

stanford approach r a p review applications proactively
Stanford Approach: R.A.P Review Applications Proactively
  • Arrange documents in chronological order
  • Verify bio-demo data
  • Verify educational history
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Stanford Approach: R.A.P. Review Applications Proactively
  • 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
  • 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