Extensive experience in international education (country-specific and regional); foreign credential evaluations,fraud detection,analysis and verification for undergraduate and graduate admissions, professional education or employment; transfer credit equivalencies and curricular matching, US and international accreditation systems;ABET engineering/technology program accreditation and substantial equivalencies evaluations.
Experience in designing and delivering seminars and training programs (English and Spanish)on US and international education,accreditation,credentials evaluation and fraud detection in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
Fluency in English, Spanish and French with excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Higher education administration-US and international admissions
US accreditation (institutional, program), standards, policies and practices
US and international education systems, credentials evaluation, transfer credit practices and degree comparability at all levels
Fraud detection, verification and validation of international academic credentials and institutional and program accreditation or recognition
Expertise in the assessment of Cuban education system and credentials verification
ABET Engineering, Technology and Surveying accreditation and substantial equivalency
Development of institutional promotional material, and writing of articles and website content for various professional organizations
Evaluation service marketing outreach
Over 40 years designing, chairing and delivering seminars, workshops, training,and country and topic specific presentations at numerous national and international conferences and organizations.
Effective interpersonal and collaborative skills in a multicultural and multi-ethnic setting in three languages(English, Spanish, French)
Director, Center for Professional Engineering Education Service/NCEES-National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, South Carolina
Implemented and managed the international credentials evaluation service/CPEES; created and maintained the evaluation database and website content.
Designed the academic credential and program comparability evaluation process for engineering and surveying following the ABET program accreditation and substantial equivalency criteria.
Designed with IT the on-line international credentials evaluation to standardize the equivalency reporting for US engineering licensing boards.
Drafted procedures for international engineering and technology program course content analysis and course-by-course credit distribution based on the corresponding ABET required curricular categories of engineering, technology and surveying programs.
Established procedures for academic fraud detection analysis, investigation and verification.
Evaluated foreign academic credentials and substantial equivalency, and researched and analyzed the authenticity of international degrees and institutions for US licensure eligibility or employment purposes.
Networked with international professionals and colleagues to keep abreast of new fraud schemes and diploma mills, and identify reliable international sources to authenticate the validity or foreign credentials and the legitimacy of international institutions.
Conducted research for country or topic specific articles for the organization’s publication and conference presentations.
Served as Council liaison with national engineering boards and international constituents.
Represented NCEES at national and international conferences.
International Activities Director – Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Baltimore, MD
Established and managed the credentials evaluation service(ECEI)and marketed the service to state boards and the private sector.
Wrote policies and guidelines for the credential evaluation, fraud detection verification process.
Researched and evaluated international credentials in engineering, engineering technology, surveying and related science programs against the ABET criteria to established comparability to ABET accredited programs and credit approval.
Collaborated in the structuring and development of the international activities department.
Wrote and monitored Memoranda of Understanding with international constituents in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Managed the Secretariat functions of the Washington Accord/WA, a multi-nation agreement recognizing the equivalency of accredited engineering education programs leading to professional engineering degrees and practice (coordinated site visits activities, and collaborated in the development and maintenance of the WA website)
Served as corporate liaison to the Board’s International Activities Committee and constituents.
Managed the accreditation assesment and consultation process of engineering and technology programs outside the US.
Revised and coordinated the annual cross-cultural training for ABET international equivalency visitors.
Reviewed and edited the international programs content published on the ABET International Yearbook.
Drafted marketing materials for international activities and professional presentations in English and Spanish for ABET executives and committee members.
Served as spokesperson/liaison between ABET and higher education institutions, quality assurance organizations outside the US,the US engineering community and licensing boards.
Drafted concept paper and coordinated preliminary activities related to the Western Hemisphere Initiative.
Assistant Dean of Admissions/International Admissions Director, GA State University,Atlanta, GA
Formulated and implemented policies and procedures for international admissions.
Managed admission’s program for international students (ESL, undergraduate and graduate programs)including recruitment, credentials evaluation, enrollment decision, and the award of international transfer credit.
Reviewed and verified academic credentials authenticity.
Managed processing/evaluation of Fulbright, LASPAU and AMIDEAST foreign scholars
Wrote International Admissions Manual, Strategic Plan, and Annual Report
Represented the institution at professional conferences and presented field papers.
Foreign Credentials Analyst, AACRAO, FCSA
Evaluated international academic credentials including engineering, technology, various medical fields, and teaching credentials.
Investigated and verified the authenticity of credentials with international academic institutions and educational sources.
International Education Consultant, Baltimore, MD
(AACRAO/DC, NAFSA/DC, COLA/National Laboratory Accreditation Program,MD, FACES/Foreign Credentials Service of America,SC;John Hopkins University-BSPH/MD)
Designed/delivered credentials evaluation, transfer credit analysis, and fraud detection training.
Evaluated and verified authenticity of international engineering, technology, professional and teaching credentials.
Conducted research and writing for international education publications.
Translated, drafted and edited on-line web training material in English and Spanish.
Represented AACRAO at various conferences and participated in marketing outreach.
Organized, chaired and presented various workshops, training and papers on US and international education, accreditation,international credentials evaluation and fraud detection, and engineering education and quality assurance at regional, national and international conferences in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and the USA organizations.
ABET/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
NCEES/National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
CHEA/Council on Higher Education Accreditation
CLEAR/Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation
The College Board
CACEI/Accreditation Council for Engineering Education-Mexico,Conference Presenter
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia-Spain, Conference/Workshops,Presenter(Spanish) ‘ABET New Paradigm in Engineering Education’
ISTEC(Motorola-Microsoft)/Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium Conference-Mexico,Presenter (Spanish)
US Engineering Foundation International Accreditation Conference, Italy, Presenter
CONEAU/National Commission for University Evaluation and Accreditation,Deans Workshop-Argentina, ABET Accreditation Workshop (Spanish),Presenter
Design, coordinated and delivered NAFSA training programs for Central America and Eastern Caribbean Overseas Advisers
Design & delivered US education/accreditation workshops to engineering deans and faculty from various engineering institutions in Turkey.
EPA/Pan-American Agricultural College,Honduras,Admissions Consultant
GA Historic Black Colleges and Universities Workshops-Caribbean/West African Educ University of Rhode Island,6th Colloquium on International Engineering Program Exchanges, Presenter
Coauthored in the Joint NAFSA/AACRAO PIER Workshop Publications:
Central America PIER Workshop Report,1988
Poland/Czechoslovakia PIER Workshop Report,1993
Contributing Author, The College Board’s ‘Manual for Educational Advising Professionals,’1998
Authored Monograph on the Educational System of Cuba (researched in-country while representing ABET as a presenter at a multinational engineering conference.)
Authored article on fraud detection “The Forensics of Academic Credential Fraud Analysis and Detection”, AACRAO Publication “Bogus Institutions and Documents”, 2006.
Article republished on the NAFSA website under
“Accepted Practices: Http://www.nafsa.org/uploadedFiles/NAFSA_Home/Resource_Library_Assets/ACE/forensics_of_academic.pdf?n=6546
Authored international education articles on the Region VII NAFSA Newsletter.
NAFSA: Member;Regional and National Chairwoman of ADSEC/Admissions Professional
Evaluator, National Credentials Evaluation Project
ESB: Engineering Society of Baltimore Board,Director-at-Large and Member of the Professional Education Advisory Council
ELS International,Advisory Board Member
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
MA (French/Spanish) Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
BA (Music/French) Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Study Abroad Program (French Language/Culture), Paris, France
Fulbright Scholar,German Education Seminar for International Education Administrators
Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Education Professionals