About the webinar:

International branch campuses are one of the most complex manifestations of internationalization. Their existence poses interesting questions in terms of regulation, degree recognition, and credential evaluation.

Expect to come away from this webinar with a deeper understanding of both the unique nature of international branch campuses and the processes necessary for efficient and reliable credential evaluation.

Gain insights into international branch campuses:

  • Recent trends and drivers of their growth
  • Their impact on awarding authority
  • Best practices for evaluating their credentials



Kevin Kochel

Knowledge Analyst, WES

Kevin joined WES in 2018 as part of the evaluation and production team. He now researches higher education institutions and education credentials, with a focus on Western Europe. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in German and comparative literature from the Pennsylvania State University.


Chris Mackie

Research Analyst, WES

Chris is an international higher education researcher at WES where he conducts and presents research on a variety of topics in the field of international higher education. He has been with WES since 2014 and has experience in credential evaluation, specializing in the analysis and evaluation of credentials from the Indian subcontinent and the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining WES, Chris served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, working as an ESL teacher and community development specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Temple University and is fluent in Arabic.

Mara Ohorodnik

Research Associate, WES

Mara is an international education researcher specializing in education for refugees. At WES, she continues to conduct research on this topic as well as on internationalization policies and student mobility. She has been published in the Journal of Studies in International Education, and presented her research at the Annual Graduate Student Research Conference of the Washington Consortium for Comparative and International Education. Mara holds a master’s degree in international education from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Michigan State University.