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WES Queens Library presentation final

  1. 1. About World Education Services (WES) <ul><li>Non-profit organization (NGO) since 1974. Has served 750,000 individuals, about 50,000 each year, from all countries </li></ul><ul><li>WES Mission : To foster the integration of individuals educated outside the U.S. into academic and professional settings </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Service : Providing evaluation reports so that legitimate academic credentials earned abroad are understood and fully recognized </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrant Resources : Providing clear advice and offering links to the best online resources and community programs - www.wes.org/info </li></ul><ul><li>Community Engagement: Providing training and resources to community organizations, developing partnerships, publishing a monthly newsletter highlighting community initiatives. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Foreign Credential Recognition in the U.S. <ul><li>First of all…. </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign education does have value in the U.S.! </li></ul><ul><li>Each institution/agency/employer sets its own rules regarding recognition and acceptance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No government agency or single standard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some institutions do their own evaluations, but most designate external evaluation services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Private evaluation services (like WES) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Operate independently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charge fees – $75-125 (General) $150-350 (Detailed) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Document-by-Document Report </li></ul><ul><li> $100 </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies and describes each diploma or certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates periods of education, </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an equivalency for each document. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the report that clients should generally order for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(when Licensing or Certification is not required ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>Course-by-Course Report </li></ul><ul><li> $160 </li></ul><ul><li>Document-by-Document report, PLUS : </li></ul><ul><li>Lists all subjects completed at the post-secondary level </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a U.S. semester credit and grade equivalent for each course </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a U.S. grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale </li></ul><ul><li>This is the report that clients should order for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional certification </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. WES Authenticates All Documents <ul><li>Authentication Statement on WES report </li></ul><ul><li>Adds credibility and gives confidence to recipient </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses concerns about fraud and diploma mills </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult for employers to verify foreign degrees on their own </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure that evaluations are based on documents that are accurate and valid, WES has strict document requirements </li></ul>
  6. 6. Required Documents <ul><li>Official documents must be sent directly to WES from the institution or ministry in your client’s country . </li></ul><ul><li>Specific instructions for each country, and a “transcript request” form are provided at www.wes.org/required/index </li></ul><ul><li>Getting official documents will be the largest barrier that your clients face, but often times it easier than expected </li></ul><ul><li>Translations: Clients must submit precise word-for-word English translations of all foreign language documents. Translations can be based on unofficial student copies. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Required Documents – Brazil Example
  8. 8. WES Evaluation Process <ul><li>Online Application, online status, email updates </li></ul><ul><li>7 business days - once all documents are received </li></ul><ul><li>Option to have WES-verified copies of official transcripts delivered to institutions (WES-ICAP) </li></ul><ul><li>Clients can order additional reports when needed </li></ul>
  9. 9. Online Evaluation Tools <ul><li>Explains how degrees are viewed in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>For unofficial purposes and guidance only </li></ul><ul><li>International Degree Preview- $30 ($20 credit applied to an evaluation) www.wes.org/evaluations/preliminary.asp </li></ul>
  10. 10. Choosing a Service <ul><li>Advise clients to always check with the institution or agency: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What type of report do they require </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which evaluation service(s) do they accept or recommend </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advise clients to choose a service wisely </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition – Are reports widely accepted? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fees – check the total cost, watch for hidden fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be careful of “sponsored links” found through web searches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not all credential evaluation services are valid, so please confirm that your client is using a trusted service by checking with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) www.naces.org </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Using Evaluations in the Job Search <ul><li>Employer Familiarity / Recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most government agencies - Federal and State – and large companies accept WES evaluations including the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the NYS Dept. of Civil Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller businesses may not be familiar with evaluations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Marketing WES evaluation for Employment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clients should include their WES equivalency, GPA, etc. in resume & cover letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ U.S. Equivalency Provided by World Education Services (WES)” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clients should bring copies to interviews; offer to have official report sent directly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Companies can easily and quickly verify U.S. degrees, but foreign degrees not easily checked by non-experts – so mentioning that WES verified all transcripts gives employers confidence </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. WES Employment Resources <ul><li>Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Career Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining U.S. Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Local Programs and Services </li></ul><ul><li>Seminars and Information Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>www.wes.org/info </li></ul>
  13. 13. Using Credential Evaluation For Professional Licensing or Certification <ul><li>Each board decides whether and how to recognize foreign credentials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some boards don’t recognize foreign education at all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some professions have centralized evaluation services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Credential evaluation usually accepted from outside evaluation services like WES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most boards have a list of acceptable services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NY State – Evaluations done by NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions - www.op.nysed.gov/prof </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Course-by- course reports usually required </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more at www.wes.org/info </li></ul>
  14. 14. About Professional Licensing <ul><ul><li>Licensing is state regulated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Within each state, separate boards for each profession </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Licensing process is usually complicated, time-consuming, expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Requirements can include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Credential Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examinations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work experience/internship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplemental courses, English language requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification from professional association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fingerprints, fees, citizenship, etc </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>License is required for some professions and for some professional activities </li></ul><ul><li>(e.g. Health-related, Teaching, Accounting, Engineering) </li></ul><ul><li>Some kinds of work in a “licensed occupation” may not require licensing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-licensed professionals can work in fields like accounting, engineering but there are certain restrictions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching in private schools does not require license </li></ul></ul>About Professional Licensing
  16. 16. About Professional Certification <ul><li>Voluntary credentialing process </li></ul><ul><li>Granted by a non-governmental, private professional associations </li></ul><ul><li>Find professional associations at www.noca.org/Generalinformation/MemberOrganizations </li></ul><ul><li>In some states, a prerequisite for licensing </li></ul><ul><li>In some cases, employers require certification before hiring </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Undergraduate Admission / Transfer Credit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps college staff determine eligibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine advanced standing/transfer credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not all universities accept WES evaluations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CUNY Undergraduate (CUNY’s UAPC does evaluations) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Graduate and Professional Degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Course-by-Course Evaluations w-GPA - if college credits are involved </li></ul><ul><li>More information - www.wes.org/students </li></ul>Using Your Evaluation For Education
  18. 18. Local Institutions that Accept WES Reports Partial List – Always check with the Institution Berkeley College Helene Fuld College of Nursing New York College of Health Professions St. John's University - School of Law CUNY Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business Hofstra University - School of Law New York Law School St. Joseph's College CUNY Brooklyn College Juilliard School New York Medical College St. Thomas Aquinas College CUNY College of Staten Island (Transfer Students) Laboratory Institute of Merchandising New York University - Steinhardt School of Education SUNY Empire State College CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Long Island College New York University - School of Continuing and Professional Studies SUNY Old Westbury Dowling College Manhattan College Pace University – Graduate School of Business The New School Excelsior College Marymount Manhattan College Pratt Institute Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Mercy College St. John's University - College of Pharmacy
  19. 19. Credit Transfer <ul><li>Each institution decides whether to recognize non-U.S. academic work </li></ul><ul><li>Most will recognize a limited amount of credit toward a degree at their institution </li></ul><ul><li>Issues that institutions consider in awarding credit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the university or college recognized by the ministry of education in the home country? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How applicable are the courses toward the degree being pursued? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the maximum number of credits that the school allows for transfer? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In sciences, technology credits may have to be recently earned </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>For more information and resources, www.wes.org/info </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to contact WES [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> (212) 701-8149 </li></ul>

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