To promote the betterment of individuals’ lives and society by ensuring that educational qualifications are fairly and accurately recognized across borders.
Who We Are
We are over 90 people passionate about helping others create a better life by providing an equivalency for the education they earned in their home countries to one earned in the United States or Canada.
Most of us live and work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where our headquarters is, but we have colleagues who work remotely across the United States.
We love working for ECE, and many of us have been here for more than 20 years. A few of us have been here more than 30 years. We know this longevity isn’t something you find at many organizations. We think it’s special, and we’re thankful to work with such great colleagues and customers.
What We Do
Educational Credential Evaluators® (ECE) is a nonprofit organization that prepares foreign education credential evaluation reports. A credential evaluation compares academic and professional degrees earned in one country to academic and professional degrees earned in another.
Colleges, universities, employers, licensing boards, and governments use these academic assessments to evaluate foreign education as part of the admission, hiring, immigration, or licensure process.
Read more about why working with a nonprofit is important, written by ECE® President, Margit Schatzman.
Unlocking the Promise of International Education®
This isn’t just a tagline – it’s at the heart of what we do. We appreciate international education because many of us have studied or earned degrees overseas. Several of us working at ECE had our academic records evaluated, too, so we know what it’s like to be in your position.
We understand the importance of a credential evaluation in your plans and how difficult it may be to obtain proper documentation.
It’s why we’re a little more flexible than our competitors when it comes to documentation requirements.
It’s also why we treat you with respect and courtesy. It’s what we appreciated when we were customers.
ECE by the Numbers
5: average turnaround time, business days
10: months for new evaluator training
14: years of our evaluators’ tenure at ECE, on average
24: hours within which all messages are returned
90: percent customer satisfaction, according to a recent survey
30,000+: evaluations completed annually
More Than 40 Years of Experience at Your Service
We understand educational systems from around the world. In fact, last year we evaluated the education of people from 190 different countries.
ECE® Evaluators have more than 400 years of combined experience, and we pride ourselves on producing educational credential assessments with quality, thoroughness, and integrity.
Students know ECE as an organization that provides reports quickly (an average of 5 business days or fewer), has superior customer service (chat, message, or talk via LiveChat) and is accepted at more than 2,000 institutions in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand.
Our reach is wide, but we’re always trying to connect with students where they are. That’s why we launched ececredentialevaluation.com specifically for students in China.
ECE Helps Educate Those in the Educational Credential Evaluation Community
We’ve seen a lot in our 40+ years of serving our customers, and we share that knowledge with our fellow evaluators in the field.
We provide support and training to educational institutions and other businesses that perform their own credential evaluation.
Since 1980 ECE has served the educational credential community through…
- Resources, such as the ECE® Connection and ECE® e-Learning webinar trainings, to share our knowledge with others in the field
- Participation in trade organizations and support of industry initiatives
- Speaking at industry events
ECE Gives Back
Through ECE® Aid, our charitable initiative, we’re able to provide free evaluation reports to vulnerable and displaced individuals.
2023 ECE® Memberships and Associations
ECE is an Associated Member with AIRC, an organization that promotes ethical recruitment and offers an agent certification program. ECE® representatives are frequent presenters at the yearly AIRC conference. ECE is a 2021 Diamond Sponsor of AIRC.
AIEA unites international education leaders and their colleagues around the globe to encourage discourse, to promote global education, and to manage higher international education. ECE® professional staff have contributed to AIEA annual conferences by presenting on applied comparative education issues.
As a Corporate Member of ARUCC, we assist ARUCC and its members with their aim to promote an awareness of the admission and transfer policies, systems and reporting, and transcription practices amongst post-secondary educational institutions.
Our Human Resources staff, who benefit from their professional membership with ATD, contribute to the organizations’ leadership and resources.
As a Supporting Member of CIS, the services of ECE compliment and assist those who are a part of the community of higher educational institutions. Our evaluation staff presents at the annual CIS Forum.
EAIE is a European-based non-profit organization that serves individuals involved in the internationalization of their institutions. The professional staff at ECE are frequent conference presenters and workshop organizers, committee members, and official trainers.
We are a proud signer of the Groningen Declaration, one of the world’s leading voices advocating for academic data portability. ECE® President, Margit Schatzman, serves on the GDN Board of Directors.
As a champion of international academic exchange, IIE provides its members with a wealth of research data, which enhances the role of ECE in supporting access to student mobility across borders.
Members of NACES® are independent, nongovernmental organizations that provide credential evaluation services to individuals who have completed part or all their education outside the United States. ECE is a Charter Member since the association’s founding in 1987. The professional staff at ECE have held various offices within the NACES® Board of Directors as well as multiple committee assignments to assist with the association’s vision and mission.
As a non-profit, member-led organization, NAFSA is dedicated to the advancement of international education and exchange. ECE is a Global Associate Partner of NAFSA, and our professional staff has served as network leaders, committee members, Training Corps members, and contributors to NAFSA publications and resources. Our ECE® Senior Director of Marketing, Leigh Lane Peine, currently serves on the Leadership Development Committee.
NAGAP focuses on Graduate Enrollment Management and promotes collaboration with its members through education and professional development. The professional evaluation staff at ECE (Associate Member) regularly presents at its annual Graduate Enrollment Summit.
GEO Code, an initiative of PESC, is a free directory of identifying codes for institutions worldwide. ECE led this initiative by developing the web application used to administer and distribute Geo Code Data, as well as hosting its open web application.
SACRAO is a non-profit association that unites various state organizations of admissions officers and registrars to promote best practices and high standards within the industry.
Our Human Resources staff, who benefit from their professional memberships with SHRM, contribute to the organizations’ leadership and resources.
TAICEP is the only international professional association that supports and serves the profession of international credential evaluation. Members of our experienced evaluation staff were instrumental in the foundation of this non-profit organization, and they continue to serve in leadership, committee, and training roles. Our ECE® President, Margit Schatzman has served as President of this organization.