Seminar Series

We are hosting seminars about foreign credential evaluation methodology, trends in international education and documentation policy. Join EP’s Director of Evaluations, Bernard Ramos, as he conducts the following seminars this spring:

Documentation Nuances, Red Flags & Institutional Trends

January 27, 2017  |  1pm - 4:30pm

Register $150

Gain a better understanding of the nuances in addressing one of the first steps in foreign credential evaluation: documentation. You will learn to distinguish the differences between original documents and official documents, review acceptable forms of academic records and learn to spot problematic documents. This session will provide tools and spark discussion to help formulate institutional policies and help establish institutional best practices.

Main Objectives:
  • Address institutional best practices
  • Recognize documentation inconsistencies
  • Understand international institutional trends

Transfer Credits, Exemptions & Advanced Standing Courses

February 24, 2017  |  1pm - 4:30pm

Register $150

This session will provide a better understanding of the complexities that arise when granting transfer credits and exemption courses. Attendees will be given the opportunity to consider courses as advanced credit when making transfer exception decisions. Besides reviewing the content of the course, the session will address the multiple layers and challenges that transfer advisors may face, such as determination of level, familiarity with pre-requisites and outlining credit and grade conversion.

Main Objectives:
  • Address institutional best practices
  • Recognize advanced credit
  • Understand progression of study
  • Review case studies

Understanding Chinese Credentials & Verification Authorities

March 24, 2017  |  1pm - 4:30pm

Register $150

This session will provide an overview of the Chinese education system and discuss the latest changes U.S. institutions encounter. Topics will include elements of the secondary and postsecondary education, documentation and fraudulent issues, language and translations, and content and curriculum. Participants will become familiar with the General Ability and the Gaokao Examinations and the verification authorities.

Main Objectives:
  • Address admissions standards
  • Recognize verification bodies
  • Understand documentation challenges
  • Review language basics

Bernard Ramos, Director of Evaluations

Bernard has worked in international education for 10 years. He has presented at regional and national conferences and has conducted credential training workshops for numerous institutions over the years. Bernard has worked to develop EP into a resource for international students and institutions alike, helping admissions offices develop highly reliable practices in credential evaluation. Having previously lived in the Philippines, France and Switzerland, Bernard is fluent in Tagalog and English, proficient in French and some German. Though trained on all systems of education, Bernard has developed strong interests in educational credentials from France, Francophone Africa, East and Southeast Asia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from DePaul University and completed a Research Diploma on the EU Framework at Sciences-Po in Paris Institut D'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Customized Workshops and Training Programs

The field of international education is constantly changing. Whether you need to keep abreast of important changes in our profession or you need to build a solid foundation in credential evaluation, Educational Perspectives has training programs to help you accomplish your goals. We understand the need to be comfortable with your international admissions responsibilities. To help you do this, Educational Perspectives offers comprehensive professional development training programs designed to meet the specific needs of your office.

Our training programs can help you:

  • Recognize and evaluate foreign educational credentials and understand how to establish credit and grade equivalencies.
  • Build a reference library or understand where to go when you need information.
  • Understand key educational systems and countries in order to help you make timely, informed admissions decisions.

Most importantly, we will help you accomplish this within the context of your own institutional policies. Our training staff has over 20 years’ experience in credential evaluation and higher education admissions. Let us help you develop your skills and make your international admissions work easier. We are ready to assist you in selecting a training program that meets your needs.

For more information or to arrange a customized professional development training program, call us at (312) 421-9300 or email

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