In order to place an individual with transcripts from foreign countries in the appropriate job situation his/her educational background abroad will need to be evaluated in terms of U.S. "equivalency." Joliet Junior College requires that all international credential evaluations be conducted by an accredited third party organization. Advisory statements on educational equivalency are prepared on request for colleges and universities, professional associations and public school systems.
The evaluation service is conducted by mail or electronic communication. If additional information is needed to supplement materials submitted, the individual, who is responsible for submitting all necessary records documenting the educational background for which an evaluation is being sought, is contacted. Usually two to three weeks is required to complete an evaluation after the documentation is received. Additional time may be needed if considerable research and correspondence are necessary to verify credentials.
A fee may be assessed based on the type and complexity of the evaluation.
Typically, clear notarized photocopies of original materials should be submitted to the evaluation service by the credential holder. These documents are verified for accuracy. English translations must accompany all documents in languages other than English. Translations can be obtained from specific companies. When a course-by-course analysis of credits is needed, statements regarding hours/weeks of study should be submitted (from transcript, original statement by supervisor, course syllabi, or academic catalogs).
Alterations of records or forged records will result in cancellation of the evaluation. Other evaluation services and all recipients indicated on the application form will be notified.
Additional questions should be directed to:
Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs
Maureen O’Keefe, Senior Administrative Assistant
1215 Houbolt Road, A-3124
Joliet, IL 60431