About us

History

The Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI) was incorporated in the State of California in 1994. ACEI is a Charter and Endorsed Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), a professional association aimed at recognizing credential evaluation services in the U.S.

Mission

ACEI is dedicated to the advancement of international academic exchange and understanding through the dissemination of information on world educational systems and evaluation of international educational documents.
ACEI works closely with U.S. colleges and universities, Professional State Licensing Boards, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Immigration Division) and the Human Resource Departments of several U.S. corporations with the evaluation and verification of international educational credentials. Our organization is actively involved in the training and professional development of admissions officers at U.S. institutions and examiners at U.S. State Boards, as well as officials at U.S. government agencies on matters concerning world educational systems, credential evaluation, diploma mills, and detecting document fraud.

Executive Team

Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert President & CEO

Jasmin Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert is the founder, President and CEO of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI) and is recognized as an authority on world education systems and is actively engaged in international educational and exchange. She has authored the Country Guide Series Reports on Senegal (2000) and Cameroon and co-authored the 1998 book on the system of education of Hong Kong. She has contributed to PIER Reports on the systems of education of Central America (1987), Canada (1987), and the United Kingdom (1990). Jasmin served as Chair of the Admission-Section (ADSEC) Committee of NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors: Association of International Educators) from 1999 to 2001, as Chair of NAFSA’s Region XII Southern District committee from 1995 to 1999, and served on the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ (AACRAO) Publication and Reviews Committee from 1990-1993. She has provided training and made frequent presentations on foreign educational systems and the recognition of international credentials at conferences and symposiums in the United States and abroad. She is frequently called on by US government, academic institutions, state licensing boards, private enterprise as well as institutions and educational ministries abroad for assistance with international academic credentials. Jasmin S. Kuehnert completed her secondary education in the United Kingdom, holds the B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego and M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. She served as Chair of the International Credential Evaluation Committee on the AACRAO Special Task Force (2013-2014). She has served as Chair of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) and currently serves as its President (effective January 8, 2015). She is also an active member of the International Education Standards Council of AACRAO (a board nominated position).

Alan A. Saidi Senior Vice-President & COO

JasminAlan A. Saidi is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of ACEI. Since the inception of ACEI Alan has been involved in the on-going development and enhancement of ACEI’s electronic database on world education systems and credential equivalencies. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering with prior experience in both academe and business, Alan’s automation of ACEI’s twenty plus years of previously evaluated credentials provides ACEI’s team of evaluators with immediate and efficient access to information promoting consistency and accuracy in educational equivalency reporting. Alan has regularly led training workshops and presented on foreign educational systems and the recognition of international educational credentials at various professional conferences.

Nora S. Khacheturians Executive Director

JasminNora S. Khacheturians is the Executive Director of A.C.E.I. since 2006. She served as Director of University Placement at ELS Language Center (USA) from 1982 to 2006. She was the founder and President of EDWAM Services in Tehran, Iran (1975-1980) and Director of AFME/AMIDEAST (1963-1975) in Tehran. With business degrees from Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Nora S. Khacheturians has over four decades of experience in international education, international student counseling and placement, and has worked closely with U.S. admissions officers and international student advisers in their efforts to effectively recruit and admit foreign student candidates to their institutions.

 

Evaluation Philosophy

With a combined total of more than fifty years of experience in international education coupled with a comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. system of education, ACEI’s professional team of credential evaluators and counselors are engaged in all aspects of international educational exchange and participate in the activities of major organizations in the field. Their diverse backgrounds, knowledge of international languages, and overseas experiences contribute to the overall success of ACEI.

ACEI’s evaluations and the U.S. educational equivalencies recommended in ACEI evaluation reports are determined in accordance with established guidelines and represent the considered judgments of qualified evaluators. As Charter Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, ACEI adheres to the approved Standards and Best Practices established by the Association. For information on the Standards and Best Practices for International Credential Evaluations, please visit the Association’s website at www.aice-eval.org.

ACEI adheres to the following criteria:

  • Status of institution
  • Admission requirements to the academic/professional program
  • Level of education program (primary/elementary, secondary [lower/upper], post-secondary/tertiary)
  • Required length of the program of study (# of years of part-time/full-time study)
  • Content and structure of the program of study
  • Practical, clinical, internship components
  • Purpose/intent of the program (terminal, employment only, further education, vocational/professional training)

ACEI evaluation reports, before issued and released to the applicant and third party, are each reviewed for accuracy and consistency by a team of senior evaluators serving on the ACEI Evaluation Review Committee. ACEI evaluation reports are advisory and not binding on any institution, agency or third party. ACEI Evaluation reports are advisory and not binding on any institution, agency or third party.

Resources

Library
The ACEI library has a complete set of historical and current reference materials needed for evaluation of international educational credentials. The library includes all the publications cited in the ADSEC Bibliography of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In addition, ACEI library includes in its archives samples of hundreds of thousands of educational credentials from various institutions abroad, catalogs and prospectus from academic institutions throughout the world, and sample syllabi/course descriptions, which are periodically up-dated.

Research
ACEI’s team of evaluators have contributed to a series of publications on world educational systems sponsored by AACRAO and NAFSA as well as AICE that are used as sources of reference by other professionals in the industry.

Technology
ACEI has also developed and continues to update a proprietary-based International Database of Educational Systems (IDES). This Database offers the ACEI evaluating team immediate access to educational systems, credentials and verification of institution status to assure continuous consistency in evaluation reports.

ACEI also subscribes to AACRAO EDGE (Electronic Database on Global Education) Database; a web-based resource for the evaluation of international educational credentials.

Professional Affiliations and Partnerships

Professional Affiliations:

Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)
www.aice-eval.orgACEI is a Charter and Endorsed Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), a not- for-profit membership association and recognizing body for foreign education credential evaluation services and entities based in the United States of America. AICE serves to maintain professional standards for private credential evaluation services.

 

Association of International Education Administrators
www.aieaworld.org

 

European Association of International Educators
www.eaie.org

 

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
www.nafsa.org

 

National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals
www.nagap.org

 

 

Partnerships:

 

China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC)
www.chinadegrees.cn/en/
On April 3, 2013, ACEI signed a Cooperative Agreement with CDGDC, a non-profit organization with the independent qualification of legal entity directly under the joint leadership of Ministry of Education and the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council (ADCSC). Authorized by the Chinese government, CDGDC started its qualifications verification work in 2000. For meeting the demands of Chinese studying abroad, CDGDC began to verify the results of General Examination for Senior High School Graduation and National College Entrance Examination in 2006 and Graduation Certificate of Secondary Vocational School in 2008 respectively.

 

Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges (CGACC)
www.cgacc.org
CGACC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping the nation’s 1200 community colleges become more internationalized by promoting what the colleges have to offer students beyond the continental United States. Together, ACEI and CGACC work together to bring international awareness and appreciation for U.S. community colleges through workshops, seminars, country and site visits, and embracing global initiatives.

Testimonials

Haydee F. (Philippines)

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your time and assistance. I thank God for sending you my way and making you an instrument to help me in the processing of my transcripts and evaluation. God bless you.

Katya S. (Ukraine)

Dear ACEI, I received my evaluation and want to thank you for all your help. I am so appreciative for all the things that you did for me.

Jonathan C. (Philippines)

Thank you very much for the evaluation of my Bachelor degree. I received my evaluation promptly. I am very happy with your service, truly, you have upheld quality, excellence, professionalism and efficiency.

Kyung H. (Korea)

Thank you sooo much!!! I am highly grateful to you ACEI for your quick action of sending the transcript to EL CAMINO and specially would like to give thanks to Jasmin. Take care, all of you. Wishing your company abundance of successful!

Talya P. (Russia)

I wanted to thank you very much for doing my evaluation of foreign qualifications for the VA Board of Accountancy. I was very impressed with the thorough evaluation and I wanted to thank you very much for your quality work.

Priya K. (Canada)

Thank you for doing a great job on my evaluation! I have recommended you to a few people already. the paper you use is university transcript quality and makes it very legitimate and fits in well with all my transcripts. Thank you very much.

Veronique C. (France)

I want to take the time to thank you for your superb service. It is always easier to complain, but in general we don’t take the time to say positive things to people or organizations. Your company has been amazing from the very start. You have shown your professionalism in all aspects of the evaluation process. You do what you say, and you say what you do. The way you contacted me promptly by phone, the kindness of Nora who spoke with me, the time you took to do my evaluation, and the way you presented it were amazing!! I received a message yesterday giving me all the information I needed for the DHL delivery. The clear voice and clear information left on my phone message center were greatly appreciated. The delivery was on target. For the purposes needed, the money it cost me was well spent. Thank you again and I commend you for being such a professional organization and the services rendered. You the best all the way around, and I truly thank you. Doing business with you has been a great experience!

Oscar C. US Navy (Philippines)

I just received my evaluation copy (the official you’d sent to the University in the U.S.). I’m so glad that you recognized the credit from my college back in the Philippines. Right now I’m very close to get my Bachelor’s degree and your evaluation will help me complete my requirements sooner. I’ll definitely recommend ACEI to all my friends and relatives for transcript evaluation. Again, thanks a lot for your help.

John M., Attorney (California)

Thank for your help and thoroughness. The evaluation you prepared for my client was accepted by ICE and he’ll be able to start his employment. You did a great job!

Cynthia N. (Guatemala)

Thank for your doing my evaluation. I was able to get into the graduate program at Azusa Pacific U. You were all very helpful in letting me know exactly what documents to provide and you finished my evaluation as you had promised. Excellent work!

Rohit B. (India)

I just wanted to inform you that I contacted the University as you had recommended and based on the evaluation of my Bachelor’s degree which you completed, I am not required to repeat any undergraduate courses and can enter into their Master’s program directly. Isn’t that beautiful? I was so happy to hear that. Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I would have never been able to make this happen without your help ACEI!

Hoi Chu C. (China)

I just got the documents yesterday. I am truly impressed with your efficiency and fantastic assistance. During the process, you have been very helpful and patient. Many thanks again for all your prompt response and your professional support. I know that it will have a significant impact on my life for years to come. Once again, thank you for your time. I wish you the very best in the coming year.

Donna C. Heinel, Ed.D. University of Southern California

When dealing with the eligibility of our elite student-athletes, USC needed a company with a stellar reputation for international credential evaluation. We talk to numerous knowledgeable people on our campus and all of them agreed that ACEI was the only company we could trust.

Dirk Binder, CEO

Here at the Center for Advanced Studies, Japan, we manage the Japanese equivalent of an American community college in Tokyo and have numerous articulation agreements in place with American colleges and universities. Since many American schools are not familiar with such schools abroad, the first and essential step towards having our course work recognized for transfer credit is to have an independent and trustworthy transcript evaluation done by a reputable and reliable organization like ACEI.

Zepur Solakian, Executive Director, Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges

I have known ACEI for the past two decades when I was with CSU Dominguez Hills and now with CGACC.  I have recommended ACEI to our member colleges. Professionalism, dependability, and accuracy are just a few adjectives that describe ACEI’s work.  Over the years many of our member colleges have depended on ACEI’s expertise in reviewing foreign credentials and its recommendations on U.S. equivalencies.  ACEI is innovative in the use of technology to make information accessible to client colleges.  Our colleges are so confident of ACEI’s work that they have printed ACEI’s address in their application and brochure.

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