USA

National Information Centre(s)

United States Network for Education Information (USNEI) / U.S. ENIC

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8401

Phone: +1 202-205-0704
Fax: +1 202-401-2508
E-mail: rafael.nevarez@ed.gov

Web site(s):

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/
edlite-index.html

Contact person:

Rafael M. Nevárez, International Education Specialist **** IMPORTANT: The U.S. ENIC does not evaluate academic or professional credentials. See below regarding “Policies and Procedures for the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications”.

  

National Education Bodies

Official name:

United States Department of Education (ED)

The Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www.ed.gov/

Official name:

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

United States Department of State

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world.

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://exchanges.state.gov/

Official name:

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www.chea.org/

  

System of Education

Organization of U.S. Education

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-org-us.html

Structure of U.S. Education

Link(s):

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-structure-us.html

English (Diagram of Education Structure): http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d11/figures/fig_01.asp

  

University Education

The United States has a single, comprehensive higher education system. It is not divided into university and non-university sub-sectors. The following links provide information about degree-granting institutions of higher education

U.S. Institutions and Programs

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-institutions-us.html

Organization of Tertiary Institutions

Link(s):

English (MS Word Document): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/postsec-inst.doc

State Role in Governing Tertiary Education

Link(s):

English (MS Word Document): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/postsec.doc

Structure of U.S. Education

Link(s):

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-structure-us.html

English (Diagram of Education Structure): http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d11/figures/fig_01.asp

  

Quality Assurance

Accreditation in the United States

Link(s):

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-accreditation.html

English: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

English: http://www.chea.org/public_info/index.asp

  

Post-secondary Non-university Education

The United States has a variety of education and training providers offering non-degree programs at the postsecondary level. The following links provide information about them.

Organization of Tertiary Institutions

Link(s):

English (MS Word Document): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/postsec-inst.doc

State Role in Governing Tertiary Education

Link(s):

English (MS Word Document): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/postsec.doc

Career and Technical Qualifications

Link(s):

English (MS Word Document): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/cte.doc

  

Recognized Higher Education Institutions

Quality assurance is administered by non-governmental accrediting agencies which are approved by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and must meet required standards and implement required policies and procedures, regardless of whether the agency is regional, national or programmatic (specialized). The following links provide detailed information on recognized institutions and the accrediting process.

CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs (including overseas institutions and programs)

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp

U.S. Department of Education Directory (only domestic institutions and programs)

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

Accreditation and Quality Assurance (comprehensive information on process and authorities)

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/edlite-accreditation.html

Diploma Mills and Fraud (detailed information for avoiding unrecognized providers)
(Word document)

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/fraud.doc

  

Policies and Procedures for the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

IMPORTANT: The U.S. ENIC (U.S. Department of Education) does not evaluate/validate academic or professional credentials. Please do not submit requests for such evaluations; however, feel free to contact the U.S. ENIC regarding other inquiries. See below for general information on policies and procedures for the recognition of foreign credentials.

Recognition of Foreign Qualifications (general information)

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Information on how foreign credits, certificates, diplomas and degrees are recognized in the United States, and links to web sites with directories of credential evaluation services

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Recognition Information for Persons Seeking to Study in the United States

Link(s):

English (MS Word Document): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/studyrecog.doc

Recognition Information for Persons Seeking to Work in the United States

Link(s):

English (MS Word Document): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/work.doc

Professional Recognition (information about licensed professions)

Link(s):

English (MS Word Document): http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/profrecog.doc

  

Qualifications Framework

Framework

Note: The United States does not have a National Qualifications Framework.

Self Evaluation Report

No link is available at this time
  

Diploma Supplement Information

The Diploma Supplement is not a feature of U.S. higher education

U.S. higher education institutions that admit European students are aware of the Diploma Supplement, as are U.S. credential evaluation services. The Diploma Supplement is not a feature of U.S. higher education and has not been adopted in the United States. However, some U.S. institutions may - at their discretion and upon request - supply a version of the Diploma Supplement to students or graduates who seek to study within the European Higher Education Area. This is not a requirement and is purely voluntary. There exists no law or authority in the decentralized U.S. higher education system that can mandate such a document or policy.

Chart of national higher education structure

Map of the U.S. Education System

Link(s): English

Link(s):

English: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d11/figures/fig_01.asp

  

Verified: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Total number of records: 29

 

 

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