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Best Practices: Strategies and Processes to Obtain Authentic International Educational Credentials

The Best Documentation Practices Guide is the result of teamwork and a consultative process in which representatives of Ontario regulatory bodies and World Education Services worked together to create guidelines on how to obtain authentic academic documents and develop alternatives to unavailable documentation.

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How to Obtain Authentic International Academic Credentials in Canada

Among the hundreds of thousands of well-qualified applicants each year there is a small minority who will attempt to gain admission with fraudulent documents. Instead of trying to detect false documents after they have been submitted, credential evaluators need to prevent them from being submitted in the first place by adopting and enforcing rigorous standards for receiving academic credentials.

WES developed this whitepaper to help institutions select qualified candidates, minimize fraud, and protect the integrity of their admission process.

This guide includes tips on:

  • How to recognize international education credentials
  • How to ascertain the status of awarding institutions and programs of study
  • How best to communicate with issuing institutions
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How to Obtain International Academic Credentials in the United States

Among the hundreds of thousands of well-qualified applicants each year there is a small minority who will attempt to gain admission with fraudulent documents. Instead of trying to detect false documents after they have been submitted, credential evaluators need to prevent them from being submitted in the first place by adopting and enforcing rigorous standards for receiving academic credentials.

WES developed this whitepaper to help institutions select qualified candidates, minimize fraud, and protect the integrity of their admission process.

This guide includes tips on:

  • How to recognize international education credentials
  • How to ascertain the status of awarding institutions and programs of study
  • How best to communicate with issuing institutions
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Improving the International Student Experience: Implications for Recruitment and Support

To shed light on how institutions can meet the needs among students across the globe, WES has conducted a study of over 4,600 international students. The report, Improving the International Student Experience: Implications for Recruitment and Support, includes findings from this study.

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Syria Educational Profile: A Guide to Grade Equivalencies Between the U.S. and Syria

In communities across the world, many Syrian families have arrived over the past few months, and will continue to arrive in the year ahead. Families need to ensure that their children are enrolled in schools, and schools will want to place them at the appropriate level. WES is pleased to announce the publication of a new resource in order to facilitate the integration of these students.

This report will assist you in understanding how the education system in Syria is structured, what is included in the program of study at the elementary and secondary levels, and how the Syrian grading system compares with the North American grading system.

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Syria Educational Profile: A Guide to Grade Equivalencies Between Canada and Syria

Syrian families have arrived in communities across Canada, and will continue to arrive in the coming years. Families will need to enroll their children in Canadian schools, and schools will want to place them at the appropriate level.

This educational country profile intends to assist practitioners in education understand the structure of the educational system in Syria. It identifies the programs of study at the elementary and secondary levels, and how the grading system compares with Ontario.

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How Master’s Students Choose Institutions: Research on International Student Segmentation

Examines the characteristics and attributes different segments of international master’s students value when applying to U.S. colleges and universities. The report provides recommendations for how institution can build their value proposition and attract best-fit international students.

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Career Services for International Students: Fulfilling High Expectations

Research consistently shows that among their many concerns, international students focus heavily on career prospects both when deciding to study in the U.S. and when evaluating their overall experience at their U.S. institution. The career services office is among the most important student services office on campus to many international students. Career services thus plays an integral part of the international student experience and in institutions’ further recruitment efforts.

This report is the result of an exploratory mixed methods study of career services offerings for international students at colleges and universities across the United States and their effectiveness as judged by professionals in the field.

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Considering Canada: A Look at the Views of Prospective Skilled Immigrants

Canada’s immigration system is changing so rapidly that public data and evaluation research on recent immigrants to the country are sparse. Timely information on the demographics, motivations, expectations, and needs of immigrants – both before and after they arrive in Canada – can support a more coordinated settlement sector and lead to more successful immigrant outcomes.

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Bridging the Digital Divide: Segmenting and Recruiting International Millennial Students

Analyzes nearly five thousand 17-to-36-year-old international Millennials’ use of technology and the psychographic characteristics that influence their information-seeking behavior.

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Student Segmentation for an Effective International Enrollment Strategy

Examines how different international student segments inform enrollment strategies. The report is based on a survey of nearly 3,000 U.S.-bound international students and highlights how students’ information-seeking behavior varies by education level and country.

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International Student Mobility Trends 2013

Analyzes international student mobility trends with a comparative analysis of undergraduate level growth patterns with an actionable framework to recruit international students by leveraging an interplay of technology, partnership, and research.

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Beyond More of the Same: The Top Four Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

Identifies key emerging countries with promising recruitment potential and recommends institutions to adopt a portfolio approach for balancing recruitment opportunities with potential uncertainties of expanding their efforts to emerging markets.

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Not All International Students Are the Same: Understanding Segments, Mapping Behavior

Highlights how differences in academic preparedness and financial resources impact the information-seeking behavior of prospective international students and identifies four types of international students: Strivers, Strugglers, Explorers, and Highfliers.

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Trends in International Student Mobility

The purpose of this research is to provide an in-depth understanding of the trends and issues related to international student enrollment and to help institutional leaders and administrators make informed decisions and effectively set priorities.