Welcome to the AACRAO Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE), a web-based resource for the evaluation of foreign educational credentials. Ultimately every educational system in the world will be included as an EDGE profile. The database currently includes 232 country profiles, and is being expanded regularly and updated as educational systems change.

Each EDGE country profile includes:

  • An overview describing the educational history of the country.
  • An educational ladder or ladders to reflect changes in the educational structure
  • Grading system(s)
  • Sample credentials
  • Placement recommendations
  • List of postsecondary institutions
  • Resources used to develop the profile
  • Author biography and notes
  • Glossary — when applicable

Subscribers to EDGE are also automatically added to the EDGE users' listserv. The listserv is the means by which you will be informed of additions and updates to the database, but it will also enable subscribers to ask questions of fellow subscribers concerning the evaluation and placement of students with foreign educational credentials.

The AACRAO EDGE is a dynamic resource for evaluating foreign credentials. The web format enables updating and revision as needed.

We solicit your participation in this updating process. Should you discover new information on a country's educational system we ask you to send that information to us for inclusion in EDGE. If you have original, verified authentic documents, please send such records to us so that we might build the image files of sample credentials. (We will of course preserve privacy by removing student identification information.) We look to subscribers to assist us in making EDGE a valuable and useful resource.

AACRAO wants to thank the Paver Family Foundation for its generous assistance in the launching of EDGE, as well as to those who have so generously donated their time and efforts in bringing this resource to realization. This has been a collaborative effort with many outstanding practitioners authoring profiles — we are most grateful for their continuing contribution.

We hope that you find the AACRAO EDGE to be a valuable and trusted tool in the evaluation of foreign educational credentials.

Dale E. Gough
Director, International Education Services, AACRAO

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