The envelope please… Why inspecting the envelope is an important part of fraud detection

In light of the changes associated with COVID-19 and the rapidly increasing digital age, the need for paper documents is dwindling. However, the paper transcript and diploma are still often required and can be necessary when trying to verify the authenti

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Common document forensic features and tools to spot them

Educational documents are valuable credentials. Academic institutions invest in ways to protect them from being forged by incorporating security features into the document. Learning what security features are available and keeping a record of the feature

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Ternopil National Economic University renamed Western Ukrainian National University

Following the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine dated 25.08.2020 № 1077, Ternopil National Economic University (Тернопільський національний економічний університет) received the status of a multidisciplinary and classical universi

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Tips for building document verification expertise

Besides forensic features on paper documents, there are several red flags that may give away a potential fraud. When we talk about red flags, we don’t mean that the flags themselves prove the document is fake. It’s merely a piece of information that shou

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Online Verification: ACCA certificate validation (United Kingdom)

Go to https://exams.apps.accaglobal.com/acca-pr-web/certificates/validate  and enter the following:  Certificate Number,  Certificate Title,  Date Awarded, and  Student Registration Number 

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Kenya cancels 2020 school year

The government of Kenya has announced that primary and secondary schools will remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to COVID-19, with plans to reopen for the new school year in January 2021. This applies to both public and private schools. National exam

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Online Verification: Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Test link updated (Philippines)

The Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines provides lists of students who have passed the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Test (ALS A&E Test) at either the Elementary or Secondary level from 1999 to the present. The

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Is online verification the answer?

Well, it depends on the question. It’s true that online verification takes away the delay, the frustration and the uncertainty of sending a request for verification by mail to a country where people don’t have a whole lot of confidence in their postal sy

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Cruel. Irresponsible. Senseless.

The July 6, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) proposed Temporary Final Rule on elimination of exemptions for international students taking online classes due to the pandemic is beyond compr

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NAFSA's Listening Circles: An Opportunity During These Uncertain Times

For whom? As you are well aware, this pandemic has caused significant economic challenges worldwide that have affected all aspects of international education. If you have lost your job, been furloughed or are uncertain about your position going forward,

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Why you should provide professional development for evaluation staff

Evaluators are only as good as their training and experience. A well-trained evaluator will not only be able to spot fraudulent documents, but also be able to evaluate quickly and accurately. To enhance detection and evaluation skills of your staff, cons

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Online Verification: National Research University "Higher School of Economics" (Russia)

The National Research University "Higher School of Economics", located in Moscow, Russia, has started issuing custom diplomas to all graduates in 2020. These diplomas can be verified electronically by scanning the QR code in the lower left-hand corner of

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CBSE And ICSE Exams Cancelled in India

The Central Board of Secondary Education class 10 and 12 exams were first postponed in March until July due to COVID-19 cases rising in India. However, the remaining exams will now be cancelled. Per NDTV, "Class 12 students of CBSE Board will, however, h

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Online Verification: Information Center service in Kazakhstan

IAC Information Center verification service is available for higher, technical and vocational diplomas.  There are two versions of the verification: basic and advanced. Only the basic version seems to be active right now. Basic: Individual Identification

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Documentation requirements: how to make it easier for international students?

College application process can be challenging Applying to college can be a daunting experience.  When I look back on my college applications process, there were so many questions I asked myself.  My first difficult decision was deciding what I wanted to

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CXC announces dates for summer exams (Commonwealth Caribbean)

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examinations originally planned for May and June of this year have been rescheduled for July and August, due to COVID-19. The rescheduled examinations include: Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (

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White Paper - The Changing Landscape of Accreditation: Guide to Secondary-School Recognition in the United States

Accreditation in the United States has been and remains an integral aspect of the education system in the United States. Accreditation functions as the independent quality assurance mechanism to regulate elementary education through higher education inst

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Some UK universities planning online-only lectures for 2020-2021

Some universities in the UK, including University of Cambridge and University of Manchester, are planning to at least begin the 2020-2021 academic year with online-only lectures because of the continued risk of COVID-19. Manchester is planning to use thi

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What's the difference between translation, evaluation, and verification?

It is not unusual for a prospective applicant to ask a credential evaluator to “translate” their credentials. What they mean is really to “evaluate” the credential, though the confusion between the two concepts is quite understandable. First, the applica

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Online Verification: Sistema de Trámites de Títulos Profesionales in Bolivia

Sistema de Trámites de Títulos Profesionales is a central database of professional titles in Bolivia. Registered titles can be found by following these steps: go to http://utp.minedu.gob.bo/consulta.php enter the C.I.N. number (7 digits) enter the Date o

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