ERIC Number: ED499127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
International Academic Equivalence: A Primer. DETC Occasional Paper Number 22
Buchen, Irving H.; Le Cornu, David John
Distance Education and Training Council
In this paper, the authors discuss the issue of academic equivalence as it applies to international transfer of credit. They describe the history of the problem, list factors that encourage diversity and those that promote uniformity, and review and evaluate possible solutions, which may involve either turning over equivalence to outside certified experts, or directly negotiating differences between institutions. The authors then review the basic building blocks of a negotiated equivalence agreement--credits, courses and course distribution, grades and GPA, and degrees--and present steps for designing an academic equivalence program.
Descriptors: College Credits, Transfer Policy, Higher Education, Distance Education, Educational Cooperation, Educational Assessment, Educational History, Educational Principles, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, International Organizations, Global Approach, Consortia, Accreditation (Institutions), Course Content, Grades (Scholastic), Academic Degrees, Program Design, Transfer Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.