The Facts on Document Policies
The traditional approach to detecting fraud relies mainly on the ability of admissions officers to scrutinize
documents they have received to check whether they contain errors or discrepancies. This system is not especially
reliable or practical simply because the huge volume and diversity of credentials makes it virtually impossible to
inspect each document closely. Hence, the only way we can effectively eliminate fraud is by changing our approach.
Instead of trying to detect false documents after they have been submitted, we need to prevent them from being submitted
in the first place by adopting rigorous standards for receiving academic credentials.
The majority of international students who come to the United States do so at great expense. Their aim is to further
their education and earn the skills and qualifications that will help them succeed professionally. It takes a great deal
of grit and determination on the part of these students to meet all the eligibility requirements for admission to U.S.
institutions of higher education.
Among the thousands of well-qualified applicants there are those who will attempt to gain admission to U.S. institutions by
using fraudulent documents. By instituting rigorous documentation policies and enforcing them, institutions can select qualified
candidates, minimize fraud and protect the integrity of their admission process.
How to Recognize International Education Credentials
Credentials are acceptable only when they are issued by authorized educational institutions. Before accepting a document as
valid, the following questions should be asked:
- Does the institution exist?
- What is the status of the institution?
- Does it offer the program that is indicated on the document?
- Did the candidate complete the prerequisites for admission into the program that led to the credential in question?
Institution status, recognition and programs of study
Document authenticity and verification
Countries that issue university documents in English
Detecting fraudulent documents and degree/diploma mills