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USA-Connect Helps U.S. Institutions Simplify Admissions of Chinese Students

USA-Connect® Helps U.S. Institutions Simplify Admissions of Chinese Students

by NSC Blog | May 10, 2016 | Transcript & Data Exchange Services, USA-Connect |

According to the Institute of International Education, more than 300,000 Chinese students studied in the United States in 2014/15 — an 11 percent increase from the year before — making China the largest source of foreign students. Obtaining authenticated credentials for applicants who attended Chinese colleges can be a time-consuming process for U.S. admissions offices, especially given the growth in applications and potential for fraud. USA-Connect, which is free to institutions, provides secure and trusted online resources that can help streamline admissions for Chinese students.

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Through its use of secure FTP technology, USA-Connect facilitates the electronic exchange of academic credentials, such as transcripts, for students who attended colleges or universities in China and wish to continue their education in the U.S. Two organizations within the China Ministry of Education have collaborated with the Clearinghouse to enable USA-Connect: the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) and the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). CHESICC is the only Ministry of Education-designated higher education qualification verification institution in China. CDGDC is the only entity authorized to verify higher education credentials awarded in China.

CHESICC or CDGDC fulfill student requests for credentials and deliver them as PDF files through USA-Connect to the institution the student wishes to attend. Documents within the system are encrypted at all times, as an additional safeguard. Institutional users simply log on to download the documents.

USA-Connect facilitates the secure electronic exchange of authenticated Chinese academic credentials to U.S. institutions.

USA-Connect ensures credentials are sent from a trusted source (CHESICC or CDGDC) through a trusted source (the Clearinghouse) to the institution without the student or a third party ever accessing the documents. By eliminating the possibility that students or third parties can access the documents, USA-Connect also effectively eliminates the possibility of fraud.

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