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January 2019 - Beverly Hills, CA

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Welcome to our January edition of The Report, marking the first newsletter of the new year. The Report is our monthly e-news that includes a roundup of the latest information on developments in U.S. and international education, upcoming calendar of webinars and conferences. The Report reaches thousands of ACEI’s institutional clients, government offices, and international students and professionals.

Our team works hard to bring to you timely and relevant topics on education, technology, politics, culture and trends from around the globe that impact international education and student mobility. We are dedicated to providing current, consistent, and engaging content monthly to a widespread audience consisting of international students, international educators, decision-makers at institutions of higher education and organizations, and leading names in the field.





ACEI was founded in 1994 by Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert and incorporated in the State of California. We are now celebrating ACEI’s 25 year anniversary and owe our longevity and success to our clients and applicants for placing their trust and confidence in us. Thank you for your support!

ACEI & AACRAO’s Policy Paper on Inclusive Admissions Policies for Displaced/Vulnerable Students

We are pleased to announce that late last year, Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert, ACEI’s President & CEO, was invited by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) to be on the working group drafting a policy paper on Inclusive Admissions Policies for Displaced/Vulnerable Students. Ms. Saidi-Kuehnert’s group is tasked with developing a toolkit of available methodologies for institutions to employ when working with displaced and vulnerable persons accessing higher education. The results of this joint collaboration between AACRAO, U.S. institutions of higher education and credential evaluation services such as ACEI will be released at AACRAO’s Annual Meeting in April 2019.


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News Around the world



Penalizing Essay Mills

The Australian government will introduce a new law to punish those providing or advertising commercial cheating services to higher education students. To read more, click here.



Why is Canada experiencing a growth in international students?

In recent years, Canada has experienced an increase in international student interest while the United States, along with other competing countries, have faced the opposite trend. Why? To read more, click here.


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Czech Ministry Cracks Down on Illegal Foreign University

The ministry of education has fined six foreign ‘universities’ or their branches for offering education in the Czech Republic without obtaining the required permission.
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10 European Nations Sign the ‘Vienna Declaration’

Organizations representing the heads of universities in 10 European countries have signed a declaration in Vienna, Austria, warning against tendencies to restrict academic freedom and threats to democracy and defining the role of higher education in society.
To read more, click here



Two Universities Merge

The University of Tampere and the Tampere University of Technology merged on 1 January to create Tampere University, the second-largest university in Finland, a move that will further break down the borders between Finnish universities and university colleges. To read more, click here



Introducing Chinese Syllabus at Primary Level

The Kenyan government has announced that starting in 2020, Kenyan primary schools will begin teaching the Chinese language.
To read more, click here



Axact – The World’s Largest Diploma Mill

In a recent post on ACEI’s blog, ACEI-Global.Blog, retired FBI Agent Allen Ezell shares a disturbing update on what is considered the largest diploma mill in history. To read more, click here.


Pakistan: Pilots & Airline Staff Suspended for Fake Degrees

Pakistan authorities have suspended 16 pilots and 65 crew members of the national airline and other airlines in the country for possessing fake degrees. To read more, click here.



11 Universities in Puerto Rico Placed on Show Cause

Middle States Commission on Higher Ed has issued Puerto Rico’s 11 universities an ultimatum. by placing them on show cause, a serious action meaning they will need to submit a report before the end of January 2019 arguing why they should not have their accreditation revoked. To read more, click here.



Degree and Credential Inflation

The discussion on UK Grade & Credential Inflations continues. To read more, click here.



Is it a University if there are no Liberal Arts Program?

Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’ Good question. If universities want to gut their liberal arts programs, best they also change their names to Polytechnics or Career Institutes and look for ways to reduce their costs to keep tuition affordable. To read more, click here.


Inspector General’s Audit of Western Governors University Dismissed

Trump administration rejects findings from a 2017 inspector general audit that found the online giant WGU out of compliance and recommended that it pay back $713 million in federal aid. To read more, click here.


10 Higher Education Trends for 2019

In a recent post on ACEI’s blog, ACEI-Global.Blog, we share 10 trends predicted in higher education as we embark on the new year. To read more, click here.


USDOE Proposes New Rule to Overhaul Higher Education

The Trump administration wants to clarify that the Education Department -- and not accreditors -- is responsible for enforcing federal student aid rules, and would give the agencies more latitude to approve and encourage innovative programs, particularly ones featuring online or competency-based education. To read more, click here.


10 Facts on U.S. Immigration

In November 2018, the Pew Research Center, which regularly publishes statistical portraits of the nation’s foreign-born, released the results of its latest research on U.S. immigration. We would like to share a summary of this research to help answer some key questions about the U.S. immigrant population. To read more, click here.


Upcoming Events



February 21, 2019 "Setting Standards in Graduate Admissions and Accreditation: Showcasing AICE – AACRAO Collaboration".

As an Endorsed Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), ACEI is pleased to host a free webinar highlighting the AICE’s 2017 and 2018 Symposium and the results of its collaboration with AACRAO in researching hot topics in international education to establish evaluation standards on how to evaluate three-year degrees and determining foreign institution's accreditation.

March 21, 2019 “Introducing the Scottish Qualifications Authority and its Advanced Certificate and Advanced Diploma Programs”

Mark your calendars for a free webinar highlighting the Scottish Qualifications Authority post-secondary Advanced Certificate and Advanced Diploma programs and ACEI’s Advisory Services ‘Program/Curriculum Review’ Report which provides detailed analysis of four of SQA’s Advanced Qualifications. More details will be posted in our February 2019 Newsletter.


ACEI Additional Services

Digital Delivery of Evaluation Reports: SecurePathway©:

ACEI is a proud signatory of the Groningen Declaration Network which “seeks common ground in best serving the academic and professional mobility needs of citizens worldwide by bringing together key stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem.” For the past two years, ACEI has committed itself to this shared mission through the introduction of SecurePathway©, an ACEI proprietary digital platform for the secure delivery of official evaluation reports and supporting educational credentials. For information on ACEI’s SecurePathway©.

Signing up with ACEI’s SecurePathway©, is free and does not cost the institutions any fees. To receive ACEI expert reports and certified academic credentials via SecurePathway©, complete this form.

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ACEI’s Advisory Services provide institutions and organizations looking at expanding their international student recruitment with customized solutions to help overcome enrollment challenges, uncover opportunities, and devise an innovative and holistic approach to international enrollment. For more information on ACEI’s Advisory Services and how we can assist you, please contact Yolinisse Moreno, Director of Programs & Communications at


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ACEI was founded and incorporated in 1994 in the State of California and is a Charter and Endorsed Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).

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