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Our primary business is preparing 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, or licensure process.

We also provide support and training to educational institutions and other businesses that perform their own credential evaluation.

Our Mission

To promote the betterment of individuals’ lives and society by ensuring that educational qualifications are fairly and accurately recognized across borders.

Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1980 as a nonprofit organization

  • President: Margit A. Schatzman

Margit has been involved in international admissions and credential evaluation for over 30 years. She began at ECE in 1983 as an evaluator. In 1985 she became vice president. She has been president of ECE since January 1, 2007.

She is a frequent speaker at U.S. and international conferences on topics such as credential evaluation principles and methods, and falsified and altered documents.

She is also Past President Chair, Committee for Government and Finance of TAICEP.

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  • Total number of employees: 90+

  • More than 600,000 applicants

  • Reference library with over 35,000 publications

  • ECE® e-Learning online training in credential evaluation launched February 2010

  • ECE® Connection website supporting professional colleagues with advice and resources launched May 2011

  • ECE® Connection Advantage additional paid resources available to subscribers launched March 2014

  • ECE® Aid charity supporting refugees and others in need launched August 2016


ECE® Experts

Researching or writing about international education or related topics? We are happy to help.  We have expertise in the following areas:

  • International education, including systems of education, credit transfer and grading
  • Fraud in educational documents, including types of fraud, detecting fake documents, and verification methods
  • Digital documents including the transmission of  educational records and the growing use of verification databases around the world
  • Immigration 


For more information or to connect with an expert in educational credential evaluation, contact:

Leigh Lane Peine
Senior Director of Marketing