Faculty with non-U.S. Degrees

For faculty holding foreign degrees, a U.S. equivalency evaluation must be provided by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or is approved by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), such as World Education Services (WES).  A general/basic "document equivalency" is typically sufficient for faculty with a terminal degree in the teaching discipline, although the College can require a course-by-course evaluation, at our sole discretion, when deemed necessary to review a faculty member’s qualifications.  A course-by-course evaluation is typically necessary to credential a faculty member without a terminal degree.  Additionally, any documentation that was originally issued in a foreign language must be translated by an appropriate external agency. 

Guidelines for Faculty

If you have academic credentials from non-U.S. institutions, you are required to submit a foreign credentials evaluation and translated transcript (if original is not in English) to your department. The College of Charleston does not evaluate foreign academic transcripts. Listed below are a few agencies that perform foreign credentials evaluation. The College does not endorse any of these agencies; this listing is provided only for your convenience. Credentials should be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved organization or an American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) approved organization. Before submitting your academic transcripts to one of these agencies, we recommend that review online instructions or send a letter of inquiry to the evaluation service of your choice to understand the application, process, and fee structure. Please note that not all transcript evaluation agencies provide translation if the original transcript is not in English. Please confer with your department/program if you have questions about whether to order a basic document equivalency or a course-by-course evaluation report. 


Guidelines for Department/Program Heads

An official evaluation denoting the U.S. equivalency of the highest earned degree upon which the faculty member will be credentialed to teach must be submitted to the academic program director (Department Chair or Program Director). Costs of this service (and any required translation) are the responsibility of the employee. A document equivalency is typically sufficient for faculty with a terminal degree in the teaching discipline, although the College can require a course-by-course evaluation, at our sole discretion, when deemed necessary to review a faculty member’s qualifications.  A course-by-course evaluation is typically necessary to credential a faculty member without a terminal degree. If you suspect that the prospective faculty member's degree is not in the teaching discipline, we recommend getting a course-by-couse evaluation from the onset to avoid having the reoder this more detailed evaluation at a later date. Please contact the Office of the Provost if you have questions about these requirements. Additionally, any documentation that was originally issued in a foreign language must be translated by an appropriate external agency. English translations (that are not accompanied by an evaluation stating the U.S. equivalency of the degree) do not qualify as official credentials. Some evaluation agencies provide a translation service during the evaluation process for an additional cost. Also, please note that in cases where the degree-granting institution provides only one official copy of the document, as is sometimes the case with foreign diplomas, the faculty member may choose to use an evaluation agency that prepares the evaluation report using copies of the documents. If the evaluation is prepared using copies of the documents, the faculty must present the original(s) to the chair or program director, who may make a copy(ies) and attach a statement certifying that s/he viewed the original(s).  

Please follow the credentialing instructions provided on the Instructor of Record Credentials page and submit the evaluation documentation that states the U.S. equivalency of the degree (in place of the U.S. transcript). 


Commonly used evaluation agencies:

World Education Services, Inc.

Transcript Research

Global Credential Evaluators

International Education Evaluators

NACES approved organizations

Sample U.S. Equivalency Credentials Evaluation Report:
 Document-by-Document Evaluation
If you would like Academic Affairs to consider an evaluation performed by a service that is not a member/approved by AACRAO or NACES, please first contact Anastasia Gilpatrick (abemelia@cofc.edu) in the Office of the Provost.