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The Association of International Credential Evaluators - Setting the Standard for Credentials Evaluation

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Alan A. Saidi

Alan Saidi is the Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI). He has been involved in the on-going development and enhancement of ACEI’s electronic database on world education systems and credential equivalencies. He holds a BS  in Electronics Engineering and has more than 20 years of experience in evaluating international educational credentials. Alan has regularly led training workshops and presented on foreign educational systems and the recognition of international educational credentials at various professional conferences. He is a frequent contributor to the blog “AcademicExchange,” and prepared the recent profile on the education system of the Republic of Korea for NAFSA’s Online Guide to Education Systems from Around the World.

Aleks Morawski

Aleks Morawski joined Foreign Credits in 2013 as Director of Evaluation Services. Originally from Poland, Aleks earned a BA degree from Marquette University and an MA degree from San Diego State University, both in Political Science with emphasis on international and comparative politics. His professional experience includes credential evaluation at private agencies, international undergraduate and graduate admissions and recruitment at major US universities, and training and consulting on various topics in international education. Aleks gained national recognition in NAFSA leadership as the ACE Network Leader and has served on NAFSA Trainer Corps since 2009, training hundreds of international education administrators each year on international academic credential evaluation. Additionally, he has also served on the WAIE (Wisconsin Association of International Educators) leadership team as the Recruitment, Admissions and Preparation representative.

Aleks has authored the NAFSA Online Guide to Education Systems Around the World country profile on Myanmar and consults NAFSA Trainer Corps on credential evaluation training, including his tenure as Workshop Dean of the on the Foundations of Foreign Credential Evaluation curriculum. He is also a regular presenter at local, national, and international professional conferences. Beyond credential evaluation, Aleks co-developed a mentorship program in 2013 and continues to offer advising and leadership to new professionals in international education.

Alexander Agafonov

Alexander Agafonov, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Globe Language Services, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany (SUNY) and has worked in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, administrator and consultant. Dr. Agafonov’s extensive experience in the field of International Education involves advising international students, serving as PDSO (Primary Designated School Official), developing articulation agreements and dual-degree/ degree completion programs with US and foreign institutions, evaluating foreign credentials, and doing research in the field of comparative education. Prior to joining Globe Language Services Dr. Agafonov served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of ASA College in NYC. He succeeds Dr. George Fletcher who recently retired as the Head of the Evaluation Division at Globe.

EDUCATION:

• Ph.D., University at Albany (SUNY), Educational Administration and Policy Studies, 2007
• M.S., University at Albany (SUNY), Educational Administration, 1999
• B.A., Murmansk State Humanities University, Foreign Languages/ Linguistics, 1996

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

• 2013-Present Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Globe Language Services, Inc.
• 2002-2013 Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, ASA College
• 1999-2002 Project Manager, Excelsior College (formerly, Regents College)
• 1998-1999 Assistant Dean, School of Education, University at Albany (SUNY)
• 1998-1999 Course Coordinator, Department of Educational Psychology, University at Albany(SUNY)
• 1993–1997 Interpreter and Assistant Deputy–Rector, Department of International Relations, Murmansk State
Humanities University (Russia)

Barbara B. Glave

Barbara B. Glave began participating in international education when she transferred in 1965 to the Universidad de las Américas, Mexico City, from which she graduated in 1967, with a B.A. in Spanish, with minors in French and Linguistics. At LSU, she earned an M.A. in Spanish and Romance Philology in 1969, plus 24 additional credits in the same fields. From 1972 to 1983, she taught Spanish and English / ESL at the University of Houston – Downtown. In 1982, she passed the ATA Spanish-to-English certification exam. In 1980, she co-founded SpanTran Educational Services, Inc. in Houston; she remained until 2012. In August, 2013, she joined Credential Consultants, Inc., as a Translator, Senior Editor, and Research Adviser.

Barbara is a longtime member of ATA and NAFSA: Association of International Educators; she is a charter member of TAICEP, The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals. For four years, she chaired the Membership Committee of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services / NACES. Additional professional service includes: (1.) Admissions Section representative for the NAFSA Region III Team; (2.) member of the Committee on Records Fraud and Abuse of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; (3.) member of the Fraudulent Documentation Committee of the Southeast Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; and (4) two terms on the NAFSA Trainer Corps for Core Education Program workshops in Foreign Educational Credentials Analysis.

Barbara has authored/co-authored nine country profiles for the NAFSA Online Guide to Educational Systems Around the World: Albania, Argentina, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Sudan. In addition to the accomplishments detailed above, she has over 75 activities as a consultant, panelist, moderator, session presenter, and workshop leader in comparative international education.

Beth Cotter

Since 1997 Ms. Cotter has provided credential evaluations for individuals, law firms, and employers representing clients from over 140 countries seeking nonimmigrant business-related visas issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The credentials represent secondary school to post-doctoral levels of education and areas of specialization such as engineering, law, and medicine. The CIS, U.S. and State of Georgia Departments of Labor, and institutions of higher education accept her evaluations as authoritative. Ms. Cotter is currently President and CEO of Foreign Credential Evaluations (FCE), Inc. Ms. Cotter had nine years of corporate experience and eight years of teaching and administrative experience in curriculum development at the post-secondary level prior to joining FCE. She regularly attends state, regional, and national conferences dealing with foreign admissions and credentials. She presents at both GAIE (Georgia Association of International Educators) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators conferences and at the NAFSA Summer Admissions Institute. She has been a member of NAFSA and of GAIE since 1999, and was a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers from 1999 to 2009. Ms. Cotter holds an undergraduate degree in German from Wake Forest University (B.A. 1974), an MBA from Georgia State University (1983), and has pursued graduate studies in German at the University of North Dakota.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• 1976 – 1981 Accountant and Credit Manager, AJC International, Inc., Atlanta, GA.
• 1983 – 1987 Auditor, Bank South, Atlanta, GA.
• 1988 – 1989 Instructor, Gordon College, Barnesville, GA.
• 1990 – 1997 Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator, Flint River Technical College (now known as Southern Crescent
Technical College)
• 1997 – Present President and CEO, Foreign Credential Evaluations, Inc.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

• Presenter, “Review of the Educational Systems of Brazil and Colombia,” NAFSA Region VII Conference, Fall 2004.
• Presenter, “An Overview of the Educational Systems of Brazil and Colombia,” GAIE Winter Conference, February 2006.
• Presenter, “Introduction to the Bologna Process,” “China Overview,” “Resources for International Credential
Evaluation,” “Introduction to Education in Brazil and Colombia,” Credentials Analysis Workshop, NAFSA Summer
Admissions Institute, Atlanta, GA, Summer 2006.
• Presenter, “Secondary Education in Honduras and El Salvador,” Poster Fair, NAFSA National Conference, Washington,
DC, May 2008.

Deborah Lisano

Dr. Deborah Lisano has been involved in International Education since 1987. From 1987 to 1992, she served as a Graduate Assistant in the Graduate School at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, where she assisted with the calculation of International and domestic grade point averages, and foreign credential evaluation processes. From 1992 to 1999, she served as Foreign Credential Evaluator and International Admissions Counselor, and from 1999 to 2003, as Associate Director of Admissions for the Graduate School at the University of Georgia where she was responsible for foreign credential evaluation and the admission of the International graduate students. Dr. Lisano has been a member of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators from 1992 to present, as well as a Member of NAFSA: AIE Region VII, the Georgia Association of International Educators, and the Alabama Association of International Educators. She served as the Region VII ADSEC representative from 2002 to 2005. She served as a Member of the NAFSA: AIE Trainer Corps and Advanced Trainer Corps, and has made professional presentations on International Credential Evaluation and International Admissions at many State and Regional conferences. Dr. Lisano has been Executive Vice President of Lisano International since 2003.

Hany Arafat

First established in 1999, SDR Educational Consultants is currently owned and operated by Hany Arafat, who has been working in the field since 2005. Hany Arafat has authored and co-authored highly-referenced research such as country profiles for the Palestinian Territories, the Sudan, Dominican Republic and El Salvador for NAFSA’s Online Guide to Educational Systems Around the World, and presented on a variety of topics at professional conferences in the field. Moreover, Hany Arafat has been a major contributor to Credential Connection, a comprehensive proprietary database of comparative education research.

Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert

Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert is the founder, President and CEO of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI), incorporated in the State of California since 1994. She was the former Executive Director of the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. She is recognized as an authority on world education systems and is actively engaged in international educational and exchange. She has authored the Country Guide Series Reports on Senegal (2000) and Cameroon and co-authored the 1998 book on the system of education of Hong Kong. She has contributed to PIER Reports on the systems of education of Central America (1987), Canada (1987), and the United Kingdom (1990). She served as Chair of the Admission-Section (ADSEC) Committee of NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors: Association of International Educators) from 1999 to 2001, as Chair of NAFSA’s Region XII Southern District committee from 1995 to 1999, and served on AACRAO’s Publication and Reviews Committee from 1990-1993. She has provided training and made frequent presentations on foreign educational systems and the recognition of international credentials at conferences and symposiums in the United States and abroad. She is frequently called on by US government, academic institutions, state licensing boards, private enterprise as well as institutions and educational ministries abroad for assistance with international academic credentials. Shet completed her secondary education in the United Kingdom, holds the B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego and M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. She was the past Board Chair of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc and is currently serving on the Board as President and Treasure. She is also serving on the International Education Standards Council (IESC) for EDGE (Electronic Database on Global Education) of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Jodi K. Blecher

Jodi K. Blecher is cofounder of International Evaluation Services (IES), LLC. During her 10-year tenure as Deputy Director of Applications Processing at the City University of New York (CUNY), she supervised the centralized evaluation and admission cycles of both entering freshman and transfer domestic and international undergraduate applicants to CUNY’s 17 campuses. Since 1989, she has served as International Evaluation Services Executive Director of educational evaluations; her responsibilities have included the review and assessment of international educational evaluation requests, verifying accreditation of all international educational institutions as well as reviewing all transfer-credit educational evaluation requests (“course-by-course”) to determine their US equivalencies in terms of semester credit hours at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Jodi K. Blecher holds a BA in Sociology from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and has completed graduate-level work in Higher Education Administration at Columbia University.

Mario Caruso

Mario Caruso is the founder and President of International Evaluation Services. He is the former Director of International Educational Evaluations for the admission of undergraduate students at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) seventeen (17) campuses. Since 1990, he has been the Director of Graduate Admissions at one of CUNY’s largest and most prestigious institutions. Over the last 35 years, he has evaluated undergraduate and graduate educational credentials from over 150 countries in the nation’s most ethnically and culturally diverse city. He has also served on various regional and national committees in such not-for-profit national organizations as the National Association for Foreign Student Advisers’ (NAFSA), wRAPUP Newsletter Admissions Research & Resource Committee, and as a Member of the Newsletter Editorial Board, as well as the International Credentials Co-Editor of the IEM Spotlight Newsletter. He has been a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) – International Admissions Committee, and the Baltic East/Central European Assistance Awards Program (BEEP), a scholarship foundation promoted by the United States Information Agency (USIA). He has several publications in international educational equivalencies (NAFSA’s wRAPUp Newsletter, NAFSA’s IEM Spotlight Newsletter, and AACRAO International Educational Handbook), and coauthored a volume on the Hungarian Educational System and its US equivalencies.

During his 35 years in the field of international foreign educational evaluations, he has acquired considerable knowledge and recognition among his peers. He has participated and presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences, including a Fulbright Commission on International Education Exchange.

Mario Caruso holds a BA in History and Italian from St. John’s University, and an MA in History from the University of Connecticut; he has completed his coursework towards his PhD in History at CUNY’s University Graduate Center. A Chartered Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), Inc., he currently serves as AICE’s Vice President.

Martha Alvarez

AERC’s associate director, Mrs. Martha Alvarez, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the evaluation and translation service. With more than two decades of experience in the academic field as well as a firsthand knowledge of numerous languages and foreign educational systems, Mrs. Alvarez is a unique position to oversee the activities our AERC’s team of senior education analysts and international panel of recognized translators. She also enjoys her role as senior client liaison helping candidates gain a deeper understanding of their educational status.

Nora K. Saidi

Nora Saidi is the Executive Director of A.C.E.I. since 2006. She served as Director of University Placement at ELS Language Center (USA) from 1982 to 2006. She was the founder and President of EDWAM Services in Tehran, Iran (1975-1980) and Director of AFME/AMIDEAST (1963-1975) in Tehran. With business degrees from Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Nora Saidi has over four decades of experience in international education, international student counseling and placement, and has worked closely with U.S. admissions officers and international student advisors in their efforts to effectively recruit and admit foreign student candidates to their institutions.

Past Contributors

David A. Robinson

David A. Robinson, Ph.D. was President of the Association of International Credential Evaluators.

From 1963-1966, Dr. Robinson served as President of American Studies Press in Lima Peru. From 1967-1973 he was Assistant Dean of Admissions for International Students at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA where he developed and implemented the Admissions Policy Manual for International Students. From 1973-1990, Dr. Robinson was the Executive Vice-President at ELS Language Centers, USA.

David A. Robinson held the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Arts in Anthropology from Stanford University and the Doctor of Philosophy in Latin American Studies from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Robinson  presented topics on international student admissions at professional conferences. He was appointed as Administrative Director on the 1977 Latin American workshop project sponsored by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and led the research team in Uruguay and Paraguay. He also participated in the 1987 PIER Workshop on Central America and led the research team in Costa Rica.The two afore-mentioned research endeavors culminated in the following publications:

The Admission and Academic Placement of Students from Selected South American Countries:
Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, A Workshop Report, September-October 1977.
Published by NAFSA: Associate of International Educators and American Association
of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Washington, D.C.

The Admission and Placement of Students from Central America, A PIER Workshop Report,
1987. Published by NAFSA: Associate of International Educators and American
Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO),
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Robinson was a life-time member of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

George R. Fletcher

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

President, Globe Language Services, Inc., International Education Evaluation Division, New York, NY 1986- present (responsible for 180,000+ international educational credential evaluations, including work experience/professional opinion analyses);
EDGE Report Author, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Wash., D.C., 2006 to present: Chile and Russia;
Assistant/Associate Professor — 22 years;
International Admissions, Oklahoma State University — five years;
Organization of U.S. Contingent of Joint Russian/U.S. Commission on the Mutual Recognition of Education.

EDUCATION:

B.A., Spanish/Russian/Education, Oklahoma University, 1963;
M.A.T., Russian/Education, Indiana University, 1967;
Ed.D., Russian/Spanish/Higher Education, Oklahoma State University, 1977;
Moscow State University, summer 1969, U.S./U.S.S.R. Cultural Exchange; Indiana University Slavic Workshop, summer 1967;
Mexico City College, summer 1962.

MEMBERSHIPS:
Charter Member, Vice-President, Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE-recognized and listed by the U.S. Department of Education and NAFSA), 2000-present;
Past chairperson of International Education Research Committee, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO);
American Translators Association (ATA), examination certified translator;
Association of International Educators (NAFSA);
European Association of International Education (EAIE);
International Higher Education Academy of Sciences (IHEAS).

PUBLICATIONS (reverse chronological order):

Beginning Translators Survival Kit (with Susana Greiss, M.A.). Globe Language Services: NY, 2005;
Chile: A Comparative Education Study. Globe Language Services: NY, 2002;
Russia: A Comparative Education Study. (section on undergraduate and Master’s Degree education). Joint AACRAO/Russian Ministry of Education Report: Washington, DC, 2001;
Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials in the United States: History, Methodology. International Higher Education Academy of Sciences Journal, March 2001;
Educational Documents: Translation or Evaluation? American Translators Association Chronicle. ATA: Washington, DC, March 2000;
Educational Document Translation. New York University International Translation Conference, 2000;
A Guide to Educational Systems Around the World, section on Chile., NAFSA: Washington, DC, 1999;
Methodology of Educational Document Translation. Presentation at American Translators Association (ATA) Annual Conference, St. Louis, 1999;
The Translation Spectrum. Presentation at American Translators Association (ATA) Annual Conference, San Diego, 1995;
The Complete Handbook and Glossary of Soviet/Russian Education. Globe Language Services: NY, 1992/2007;
Six presentations on international education, AACRAO and NAFSA national conferences, 1990-2000;
The Evaluation of Selection Criteria for the Venezuelan Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Scholarship Program (Doctoral Dissertation). Oklahoma State University, 1977;
Five presentations on language and literature, state and national ACTFL and AATSEEL conferences, 1967-1970;
Twenty 30-minute programs on foreign language and culture, Oklahoma PBS, 1967-1970.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Study/work/research in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Venezuela.

James L. Clegg

From 1981 to the present, Mr. Clegg has been a consultant for applicants, law firms and employers representing clients seeking nonimmigrant business-related visas issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The CIS, U.S. and State of Georgia Departments of Labor, State of Georgia Department of Education, and institutions of higher education accept his evaluations as authoritative.  Mr. Clegg currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Foreign Credential Evaluations (FCE), Inc.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• 1964-1967 Foreign Student Advisor, Mercer University.
• 1967-1968 Foreign Student Advisor, Georgia Institute of Technology.
• 1968-1989 Assistant Director of Admissions, Georgia Institute of Technology.
• Performed all aspects of the recruitment and admission of freshmen, transfer, and undergraduate international
students.Consulted with International Graduate Admissions.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

• 1964-Present NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
• Chairman, Region VII, 1968-1969. • Member, National Membership Committee, 1971.
• Chairman, National Membership Committee, 1972-73.
• Co-chairman, Local Arrangements Committee, National Annual Conference, Atlanta, 1972.
• Admission Section representative for RegionVII 1973-75.
• Workshop, “Admission and Placement of Students from Latin America,” San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 1968.
• Workshop, U. S. Agency for International Development/NAFSA, 1972.
• Southern Evaluation Project (later – National Evaluation Project), 1972-1989, project coordinator, 1976-78;
advisory committee, 1981-1983.
• International Excellence Award, Region VII, 1987.
• 1968-Present American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO).
• Member of Committee on the Admission, Evaluation, and Placement of Foreign Students, 1971-73.
• Member of World Education Series Committee, 1981-83.

 

John Sheety

Under the guidance of our founder, Dr. John Sheety, AERC’s team of educational experts couple their talents with a strong understanding of the U.S. educational system to assist individuals in their pursuit of higher education or career advancement. In addition to having more than 35 years of experience in foreign credential evaluation, Dr. Sheety possesses a doctorate in Education from Claremont Graduate University and is licensed as a marriage, family and child counselor. Given his tenure within this field, he is a frequent guest lecturer at several educational institutions within the state as well as serving as a consultant for various foreign educational ministries. Most recently he is credited with assembling one of the first instructional manuals aimed at assisting registrars in determining proper placement for Central and Latin American students with a high school education from their respective countries.

Mike Lisano

Dr. Mike Lisano has been heavily involved in International Education since 1985. From 1985-1998 he served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Auburn University, AL, where he was responsible for all International and domestic student admissions and credential evaluation processes. He has been a member of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators from 1985–to present, as well as a Member of NAFSA: AIE Region VII, Alabama Association of International Educators, and Georgia Association of International Educators. Dr. Lisano was a Member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) from 1985-1998 and the European Association of International Educators from 2000-2008. He served as a Member of the Milwaukee Symposium (1996) as well as a Member of the National Council for the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials from 1996-99. He served as a Member of the NAFSA: AIE Trainer Corps and Advanced Trainer Corps, and has made many professional presentations on International Credential Evaluation and International Admissions at many State and Regional conferences. Dr. Lisano has been President of Lisano International since 1993.

Sandra Dyson Rodríguez

Master of Arts, Spanish Linguistics
Bachelor of Arts, Honors in English Linguistics

• SDR Educational Consultants, Inc.: Foreign Educational Evaluations and
Babel Translations Owner, Translations and Evaluations of foreign and
domestic educational documentation; since 1999
• Rice University, International Student Advisor 1997-1999
• SpanTran Educational Services, Co-Owner, President, 1980-1997
• University of Houston Downtown College, Teacher of Spanish and
English as a Second Language; Administrator-Teacher in ESL Program;
Director of International Students, 1977-1983
• University of Houston Central Campus, Teaching Fellow (Graduate
Student); Lecturer, Department of Spanish, 1975-1977
• Ministry of Education and Ministry of Defense, Venezuela, Teacher of
English as a Second Language and Administrator;
Chairperson of English Department, 1964-1972
• United States Peace Corps, Venezuela, 1962-1963

Native Language: English
Coordinate Bilingual in Spanish; Translation ability in all Romance and Germanic languages (into English).
Professional Affiliations

• Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE)
• American Translators Association (ATA, certified by examination, 1982)
• Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association (AATIA)
• Houston Interpreters and Translators Association (HITA)
• NAFSA: Association of International Educators
• Region III Team Representative, COMSEC 1999-2001 and ADSEC 2002-2003 Admissions Section (ADSEC) Trainer     Corps, 2000; Advanced Trainer Corps 2001,2004, 2005, 2006
• AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

Highlights of Professional Activities

• Presentations at Regional and National NAFSA, ATA, National AACRAO Conferences since 1980’s
• Contributor to “A Guide to Educational Systems Around the World,” NAFSA publication (Country profiles on Venezuela
and Indonesia), 1999
• Trainer, NAFSA PDP (Professional Development Program) 2000-2006
• Presentations at ESL schools and colleges on the US Educational System 1996-2005
• Who’s Who Executive & Professional and Outstanding American Awards 1995,1996, 1998, 1999
• Outstanding Service in International Education Award, NAFSA, Region III 1997
• Certificates of Recognition Awards, NAFSA, Region III 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
• Partnership Award, NAFSA Region III 2003
• Mentor, NAFSA Academy 2003-2005
• Author, country profiles for AACRAO Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE)