IEM Spotlight - August 2017

 

IEM SPOTLIGHT NEWSLETTER, VOL. 14, Summer ISSUE - August 2017

Admissions personnel at U.S. universities frequently receive the question: “Can I be admitted to a master’s degree program after my three-year bachelor’s degree?” from prospective international students from India, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other countries that offer such degrees. The response to that question is, of course, dependent on institutional policies regarding how such qualifications are treated and whether or not three-year degrees are considered to be equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s degrees. What many admissions personnel struggle with is how to set those policies related to three-year qualifications. The summer issue of IEM Spotlight features a variety of perspectives on three-year degrees and related credentialing issues, which we hope will help administrators set forth policies that are right for their institutions.

We begin the issue with an article from Beth Cotter, who is with Foreign Credential Evaluations, Inc., in which she summarizes key highlights from the 2017 Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) Symposium, titled, “Setting the Standards for Graduate Admissions: Three-Year Degrees and Other Admissions Dilemmas.” Her account of the dynamic discussions that took place during the symposium helps set the tone for much of what is discussed throughout this issue. The article that follows focuses specifically on Israel, with William Bellin from Educational Credential Evaluator discussing whether the Israeli three-year bachelor’s degree should be considered to be equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. And of course, India remains an important area of discussion when it comes to three-year degree qualifications. In this issue, I cowrite an article with my fellow editorial team member, Foreign Credits’s Aleksander Morawski, to present examples of approaches from a variety of U.S. institutions, illustrating the diversity in policies for considering Indian three-year qualifications for graduate admission.

Given that the Bologna-compliant degrees are a large focus for the three-year degree conundrum, the next set of articles look at these qualifications from different viewpoints. Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert, from Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc., shares her notes from the field with a report on a presentation titled “The Three-Year Bologna Bachelor’s Degrees” from the ENIC-NARIC meeting that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in June of this year. Jessica Stannard, who is with NUFFIC’s Department of International Recognition, discusses U.S. equivalencies for Bologna degrees from a European perspective. While Robert Watkins, from the University of Texas at Austin’s Office of Graduate Admissions, and Melanie Gottlieb, from American Association of Collegiate Registrars, offer the U.S. counterpoint, discussing how Bologna degrees are reviewed in the United States. Finally, Stephanie Ingvaldson, who is with Sacramento State University, provides some guidelines for recruiters on the road so that they can suitably advise prospective students with three-year degrees who are seeking admission to U.S. institutions.

Our regular feature where we share qualifications and discuss recommended equivalencies determined by various credential evaluation agencies and U.S. institutions centers on three-year qualifications for different countries. In this issue, we are also pleased to profile Bill Wallace, PhD, who is currently director of the University of Alabama’s English Language Institute and was recently recognized at the NAFSA annual conference for his outstanding contributions to international enrollment management. We are also excited to feature Sabrina Chong, director of the Global Executive EdD Program at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, a notable IEM professional in the field. And we would like to introduce Johannes Schmied, who joined the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh staff a year ago as the immigration compliance coordinator and international enrollment manager. Please consider adding these individuals to your professional networks.

We hope that you find the diverse perspectives presented in this issue to be of use in setting up or modifying the policies related to three-year qualifications at your institution. Please be on the lookout for our next issue this fall, which will focus on pre-university qualifications.

Ujjaini Sahasrabudhe


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