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2019 WES International Credential Labs

2019 WES International Credential Evaluation Labs

New York City | June 13-14, 2019

About the Conference

Welcome to WES Labs

Learn proven methods and techniques to evaluate international credentials.

Attend our hands-on lab to improve your credential evaluation procedures. You will work with authentic academic documents while being guided by seasoned professionals, leaving you well-equipped to make the most efficient and reliable admissions decisions for your institution.

Why Attend our 2019 International Credential Evaluation Lab?

Do you have the most up-to-date information to determine whether a foreign institution is accredited at the institutional level, program-level, or both? Would you like to expand your understanding of how to convert foreign credit and grades to their U.S. equivalent? Are you looking for additional resources that will help you assess if a foreign academic document is original, official, and authentic? Are you seeking new ideas on how to streamline your admissions process?

Join us in New York City or San Francisco to hone your understanding of international education systems and refine your knowledge of how to evaluate credentials in order to make the best possible admissions decisions for your campus.

Reasons to attend:

  • Leverage WES expertise: Work with expert credential evaluators that collectively represent nearly 50 years of experience in evaluating academic credentials - their shared knowledge is one of WES’ greatest resource! Our experts will share best practices based on the knowledge bank our organization has developed in performing credential evaluations for more than 40 years.
  • Improve your credential evaluation skills: WES experts will introduce you to the tools and resources WES uses to evaluate more than 200,000 evaluations annually. You will also be guided through hands-on evaluation exercises using real sample credentials.
  • Expand your network and learn from peers: Meet and engage with other admissions professionals who can offer their own experiences and practices for evaluating foreign credentials.
  • Share the knowledge: Participants will take home a comprehensive WES workbook with information about various education systems, grading scales, and accreditation procedures. It includes several sample credentials that will serve as a resource you and your colleagues can use long after the workshop.

Workshop Presenters

Here are the presenters for the WES International Credential Evaluation Labs:

Mini Gu

Mini Gu
ADVANCED EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Mini specializes in evaluating credentials from Asia. Before joining WES she worked for the Asia Society and at various nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. She holds a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s from Fudan University in China. Mini is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Joo Hyun

Joohyun Shin
Advanced Evaluation Specialist
Joohyun specializes in the analysis and evaluation of credentials from Asia-Pacific countries. She holds a master’s degree in education from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Joohyun is fluent in Korean.
Wilson Macha

Wilson Macha
Knowledge Analyst
Wilson has been a knowledge analyst at WES for the past three and a half years. He specializes in Commonwealth education and is also well versed in the education systems of Western Europe. In addition, he has written on the education systems in South Africa and Sri Lanka. Wilson graduated from Texas A& University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies.
Jessica Magaziner

Jessica Magaziner
Senior Knowledge Analyst Manager
Jessica has worked in credential evaluation and international education research at WES since 2012. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in French and Francophone studies and international studies at Pennsylvania State University. She has completed graduate-level study in international peace and conflict resolution at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and the European Peace University in Austria. At WES, Jessica's primary specialization is French and Francophone systems of education.
Ari Mihael

Ari Mihael
QUALITY ASSURANCE DIRECTOR
Ari has been evaluating international academic credentials at WES for nearly 20 years. He specializes in the education systems of France, the Middle East, and India, as well as document authenticity and verification. A seasoned presenter at annual WES workshops and webinars, Ari has also presented at numerous national conferences, including NAFSA.
Daniel Swann

Daniel Swann
Evaluation Quality Manager
Daniel’s focus for the last five years has been evaluating credentials from the United Kingdom and Ireland. In his current role he specializes in quality assurance, training, and process improvement and manages a team of senior evaluators. Prior to joining WES, Daniel worked as a translator and transcriber, and taught in France on a British Council mobility program. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in modern languages from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Claire Zhang

Claire Zhang
Team Lead for Credential Analysis
Claire specializes in the analysis and evaluation of credentials from China. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Shanghai International Studies University and a master's in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Workshop Program

The 2019 Undergraduate Lab will cover the following countries*:
  • China
  • India
  • the Philippines
  • Vietnam
*Countries are subject to change. This is an intermediate level workshop.
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Networking

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Introductions and Goals

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Overview: How to Obtain Authentic International Academic Credentials

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Review: Secondary Credentials from the Select Countries and Conduct Practical Credential Evaluation Exercises

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Review: Secondary Credentials from the Select Countries and Conduct Practical Credential Evaluation Exercises (Continued)**

The 2019 Graduate Lab will cover the following countries*:
  • Bologna
  • China
  • Kenya
  • India
*Countries are subject to change. This is an intermediate level workshop.
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Networking

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome, Introductions and Goals

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Overview: How to Obtain Authentic International Academic Credentials

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Review: Post-secondary Credentials from the Select Countries and Conduct Practical Credential Evaluation Exercises

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Review: Post-secondary Credentials from the Select Countries and Conduct Practical Credential Evaluation Exercises (Continued)**

**Times are subject to change. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Workshop Location

Downtown Manhattan
Specific location to be announced closer to the event

Lodging

Below you will find a list of hotels near the workshop location. We recommend you check Hotels.com for other options and special rates.

Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
The Beekman
Duane Street Hotel
The Frederick Hotel
Holiday Inn Manhattan - Financial District
New York Marriott Downtown
Residence Inn - Downtown Manhattan
W Hotel Downtown

What Past Attendees Say About the Workshop:

“It was such a high quality workshop with very interesting content, great presenters, and good samples of documents we could work on. I would definitely attend another one in the future”.
Lucy Wadych-Ketley
Student Development Services Advisor,
Brookdale Community College,
(2017 New York City Lab)
“If you are new to credential evaluation or in need of new country training, WES workshops are excellent. They have prepared me well and I am more confident in my work”.
Denise Arevalo
Credential Assessment and Admissions Officer,
Conestoga College,
(2017 Toronto Lab)
“Everyone was very knowledgeable, receptive to questions and explained things thoroughly. I enjoyed the comic relief throughout the day too”.
Julie Kircher
Graduate Business Evaluator,
California State University Fullerton,
(2017 San Francisco Lab)

Registration

Registration is currently open. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.

PRICING
Undergraduate Lab - $350 USD | Graduate Lab - $350 USD
Group discounts are available to a limited number of groups of 3-4 people (from the same institution). Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

World Education Services

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