November 27th, 2014
Dear Friends of ACEI,
As we near Thanksgiving, we wanted to take time and reflect on the year and thank you for your continued support and confidence in ACEI.
2014 has been a significant year for ACEI in that it marks our 20th anniversary. Twenty years ago in April 1994, ACEI opened the doors of its first office on 280 South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, CA and began to offer its international credential evaluation services to schools, institutions of higher education, state regulatory boards, federal agencies, and employers of small and large businesses across the USA.
In the past 20 years, we have weathered the September 11 attacks and the economic recession that triggered a decline in the number of international students coming to the US. We remained steadfast and true to our mission by not compromising. We have continued to this date to offer a service, unmatched in the industry. We pride ourselves in providing superior talent to deliver high-quality evaluation and translations aligned with your institutions or organizations key objectives. We do so with flexibility and nimbleness that fit your objectives-not ours. Our attention to detail, adherence to standards and best practices, and commitment to provide personal assistance to our international students and institutional and organizational clients are the hallmarks of ACEI’s principles since its inception in 1994.
At ACEI, delivering results that exceed your expectations is our top priority. And, to demonstrate our commitment to excellence in client relations, we opened three new mail processing centers, expanded our client relations phone services to 24-hour seven days a week, and began offering customized applications for evaluation to meet the needs of U.S. institutions.
Some of the highlights of our achievements in 2014 include the launch of our new user-friendly website http://www.acei-global.org containing instructions and information for the international candidates as well as the U.S. institutions and organizations requiring our services. We even gave our logo a facelift! In addition, we issued several informative guides on international education concerning detecting credential fraud, glossary of educational terminologies, and tips on selecting a credential evaluation service.
We continued our research endeavors in the field of international education with our posts in our blog Academic Exchange (40,000 subscribers) and articles in our newsletter The Report: Education News From Around the World. In both our blog and newsletter we explore and share a myriad of topics related to credential evaluation, study abroad, language, education policies, travel, arts, culture and science. As part of our ongoing professional development, we presented at webinars and attended various conferences such as CCID, NAFSA, NAGAP, and NACAC. At this year’s NAFSA national conference in San Diego we hosted a reception and celebrated our 20th anniversary with several of our friends from various US and overseas institutions.
Over the years, we have remained dedicated to developing our team, strengthening our capabilities, and building trusting relationships with you. We are excited for the future and the opportunity to continue working with you in these areas to exceed your expectations.
On behalf of the ACEI family, we thank you and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday season.
President & CEO, ACEI
Alan A. Saidi
Vice-President & COO