TAICEP's 4th Annual Conference was held October 1-4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this year. We asked our staff members who attended about their experience.
Martha Van Devender, Senior Evaluator
I had not attended the TAICEP conference in a few years, so I was excited to see all the new faces and learn new perspectives. Every session I attended was well done and informative. And all the sessions I participated in were full of eager participants with insightful questions. As a presenter, I love it when the audience makes me think.
This conference is hands down the best professional development and networking event of the year for credential evaluation professionals. I'm already thinking ahead to the next meeting, October 2019 in Vancouver, BC. Do you want to co-present with me?
Karen Krug, Research & Knowledge Management Evaluator
The TAICEP conference is always my favorite conference. It's a great opportunity to get together with our fellow credential evaluators from all over the country (and the world), to share our expertise and learn from the expertise of others (online verification of Uzbek diplomas!), and to gain new perspectives on challenges we all can relate to.
Margit Schatzman, President
Once again, attendees commented on how many sessions focused so directly on their work as credential evaluators.
I especially enjoyed sessions that included speakers from more than one country. A highlight for me was a session by presenters from Norway and Germany on evaluating vocational education. It was an eye opener and gave me some good ideas on how to approach evaluating this type of education.
The organizers paid attention to requests for more opportunities for networking. The breakfasts and lunches had light formal agendas, leaving lots of time for interacting with other attendees. Of the 17 countries represented, I think I was able to speak to people from at least 12 countries.
Margaret Wenger, Senior Director of Evaluation
The sessions were great - a really good combination of sharing practical information that we need to prepare reports (Chinese credentials, the Educational System of Scotland, how to determine if an institution is recognized, fraud detection), and more theoretical sessions (the new European education area, understanding different evaluation philosophies) and even career guidance (managing a credentialing team, a group of remote workers discussing issues they face).
Best of all, however, is the chance to compare notes with people who do what we do, learn from each other, and together, help move the profession forward.