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  • Recognition of Refugee

    &

    Other Non-Verifiable

    Credentials

    NAFSA Region X: Lake Placid, NY

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    2:00-3:30pm

    1

  • 2

    Amy M. Ullrich Evaluator

    aullrich@ece.org

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

    Yu-Wan Wang Associate Dean, International Admissions

    Yu-wan.wang@stonybrook.edu

    Stony Brook University, SUNY

    Jody Lehr Waite Founder/Director

    Jody.lehr.waite@gmail.com

    Why Wait: International Higher Education Solutions

    mailto:aullrich@ece.orgmailto:Yu-wan.wang@stonybrook.edumailto:Yu-wan.wang@stonybrook.edumailto:Yu-wan.wang@stonybrook.edumailto:Jody.lehr.waite@gmail.com

  • Session Objectives 3

    Define the problem, the populations & documentation

    Offer best practices for development of a university

    process for admission of persons with unofficial or non-

    verifiable credentials

    Discuss research & various initiatives that are currently

    in process

  • Refugees & Displaced People by

    Numbers

    4

    65.3 million people are refugees, asylum seekers or

    displaced persons

    That means every 1 in 113 people on the planet!

    Of those 65.3 million, 12.4 million of them were newly

    displaced in 2015

    60%+ of refugees have come from:

    Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and South Sudan (just hit 1m this

    month)

    50% of all refugees are children under 18

    UNHCR report on Refugees June 2016: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36573082

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36573082http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36573082http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36573082

  • Refugees & Displaced People in

    Pictures

    5

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/03/world/gallery/europes-refugee-crisis http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36573082 Associated Foreign Press (AFP)

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/03/world/gallery/europes-refugee-crisishttp://www.cnn.com/2015/09/03/world/gallery/europes-refugee-crisishttp://www.cnn.com/2015/09/03/world/gallery/europes-refugee-crisishttp://www.cnn.com/2015/09/03/world/gallery/europes-refugee-crisishttp://www.cnn.com/2015/09/03/world/gallery/europes-refugee-crisishttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-36573082http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36573082http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36573082

  • Top Hosting/Receiving Regions &

    Countries

    6

    http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htm

    http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htmhttp://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.htm

  • Terminology

    Refugee Status Determination(RSD)

    Refugee

    Asylum Seeker/Asylee

    Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

    Special Immigration Visa (SIV)

    UVD (Unverifiable Document)

    7

  • Students Documentation Challenges

    Interrupted periods of education

    Unable to provide official

    proof of educational

    achievements

    May only have unofficial

    documentation

    May have attended

    unrecognized refugee camp

    schools

    8

  • Unavailable or Unverifiable?

    Undocumented:

    Lack of proper legal status and documentation

    Unavailable:

    Not in the students possession; no documents presented

    Unverifiable:

    Documents presented, but of poor quality; institution can not be contacted

    9

  • Why are the documents unverifiable?

    Institution has closed or is no

    longer operating

    Institution is located in an

    area of conflict

    Contacting an institution for

    verification puts a student

    at risk

    Student has limited/no documents available for

    previous education

    10

  • Determining Documentation

    Authenticity

    11

    Compare original documents with those in your institutions archives (if you dont have an archive yet, PLEASE START ONE :), compare signatures of the time period, seals/stamps, security features

    Redact the students personal information and post with questions on ECEs TheConnection (https://theconnection.ece.org/) if you are unfamiliar with the country/institutions documentation format

    Send for verification to institutions administrative staff and specific faculty

    Use Online Verification resources

    Lists of Graduates

    Results Online

    National Databases

    Institutional Databases

    https://theconnection.ece.org/

  • List of Graduates - Example 12

  • University of Baghdad Medicine

    2013-14 results sample

    13

    NAME Grade Average

    Final Date of Passing

  • What do you do when?

    A country currently has multiple governments issuing documents? (Syria, Ukraine/Crimea, etc.)

    Students are completing non-traditional programs in refugee camps/training centers?

    A student only supplies partial documentation?

    A reliable method of verification suddenly stops?

    14

  • Syrian Refugee Documents:

    Etilaf Issued Certificates

    http://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.html

    15

    http://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.htmlhttp://en.etilaf.org/coalition-units/coalition-offices/office-of-the-national-higher-commission-for-learning-and-higher-education.html

  • Etilaf Certificate: Science Track 16

  • Etilaf Certificate: Science Track

    (Translation)

    17

  • Results Online Syrian Example

    http://moed.gov.sy/cresults2015/scientific/index.php

    Literary Science

    18

  • UNWRA Diploma 19

    http://www.unrwa.org/

    http://www.unrwa.org/

  • Official

    Transcript

    provided

    with credit

    hours and

    marks

    earned

    20

  • Refugee Camp

    Documents

    21

  • Educational Certificate 22

  • English document 23

  • Incomplete Iraqi

    Transcript

    24