Strange Bedfellows: Questionable Alliances in Higher Education

March 29, 2012 Tell me something, why do perfectly fine and accredited universities align themselves with shady start-ups in far-flung corners of the world? I ask this question because a week ago I came across an article in the NYT “An Albanian College Relying on U.S. Cachet” that speaks of exactly this very issue. Just […]

The Blame Game: It’s your fault! No, it’s your fault!

February 9, 2012 I am frustrated! I have just been through the twilight zone and emerged confused and perplexed; confused as to why someone else’s failure to provide necessary information, in this case payment for service is somehow my fault, and perplexed as to why an individual would even go through the effort of blaming […]

Academic Documents: The Psychology of Fraud

February 2, 2012 In less than a week, two senior analysts in my company detected irregularities on documents we had received for evaluation and both were able to determine that the documents had been falsified. Though the due diligence exercised by our team of analysts in their scrupulous review and handling of these applications is […]

Taking Charge: The Art of Assuming Responsibility

August 18, 2011 It’s been a month since I last blogged, and it’s not because of a lack of material. A few days ago I heard a story on the radio about a guy whose job at one of those high-end boutique hotels in the Big Apple is to collect the mobile phone #s of […]

Gobbledygook: Cracking the Code

July 28, 2011 A monthly rant from the “Frustrated Evaluator” Definition: 1. Gobbledygook or gobbledegook (sometimes gobbledegoo) is any text containing jargon or especially convoluted English that results in it being excessively hard to understand or even incomprehensible. I’m an easy going guy and 90% of the time evaluating international academic documents, something I’ve been doing for nearly 20 years, is […]

Foreign Credential Evaluation: Looks can be deceiving!

July 14, 2011 Pedro* is from Cuba where he received the Titulo de Tecnica de nivel medio en Organizacion de la Produccion Industrial, a technical high school diploma, after completing the nivel medio superior (upper secondary/senior high school) cycle of education. Now he is applying for a job and his employer wants to know if […]