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Originally Issued: November 2003

Statement of Purpose

As public institution of higher education committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service and which is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas must ensure that academic faculty and professional staff possess appropriate academic credentials commensurate with the requirements of their positions and that academic degrees, where required, have been awarded by regionally accredited institutions.

Entities Affected by this Policy

  • Faculty: Applies to all permanent and temporary faculty appointments.
  • Professional Staff: Applies to all permanent and contract professional staff appointments (on A & B contracts). Does not apply to temporary professional staff on Letters of Appointment.

Who Should Read this Policy

Appointing Authorities

Policy

It is policy of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that all faculty and professional staff positions within the university shall require a bachelor’s degree or appropriate professional experience in lieu of post secondary education equivalent to such a degree and that all such academic degrees shall have been awarded by regionally accredited institutions. All vacancy announcements or advertisements for faculty and professional staff positions shall include explicit reference to this requirement.

Procedures

  • For academic faculty, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost shall be responsible for obtaining the academic credentials of all individuals hired and for verifying that such credentials meet the requirements for the position and have been issued by regionally accredited institutions. Credentials verification records shall be forwarded to the Office of Human Resources for inclusion in employee personnel files.
  • For administrative faculty and other professional staff, the Office of Human Resources shall be responsible for verifying the academic credentials of all individuals hired and for maintaining documentation that such credentials meet the requirements for the position and have been issued by regionally accredited institutions.
  • For applicants who have earned their degrees outside the United States, the applicant must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluator if their college or university is not listed in the most recent edition of Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education, published by the American Council on Education in consultation with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Evaluations of non- U.S. degrees may be obtained from any one of the entities listed in the appendix to this policy. The expense of the evaluation shall be born by the applicant and the evaluation must be forwarded directly to the UNLV appointing authority.

Consequence of Non-Compliance

If transcripts have not been provided or verification of academic credentials has not occurred prior to the effective date of employment for faculty or professional staff, appointments to such positions shall be expressly contingent on the employee providing satisfactory evidence of academic credentials or degrees claimed in curriculum vitae or resumes in support of their candidacy for employment. Transcripts or verification of academic credentials shall be completed no later than 30 calendar days from the effective date of employment. Falsification or misrepresentation of academic credentials or  degrees or evidence that degrees offered in support of candidacy for employment have been issued from non-accredited institutions shall invalidate the employment contract (if already issued) and shall be grounds for immediate separation from employment.

UNLV Acceptance of Foreign Transcripts

Applicants who have earned their degrees outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluator if their college or university is not listed in the most recent edition of Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education, published by the American Council on Education. Evaluations of non-U.S. degrees may be obtained from any one of the following entities. Expense of the evaluation shall be born by the applicant and the evaluation must be forwarded directly to the UNLV appointing authority. Questions may be directed to UNLV Human Resources at 702-895-3886 or hrsearch@unlv.edu.

  • Center for Applied Research, Evaluation & Education, Inc. 
    • P.O. Box 18358 Anaheim, CA 92817 
    • Ph: (714) 237-9272
  • Educational Records Evaluators Services
    • 601 University Ave., Suite 127 Sacramento, CA 95825
    • Ph: (916) 921-0790 Fx: (916) 921-0793
  • Global Credential Evaluators-Southwest
    • PO Box 9203 College Station, TX 77842
    • Ph: (800) 707-0979 Fx: (512) 528-9293
  • The Foreign Educational Document Service
    • P.O. Box 4091 (Philippines) Stockton, CA 95204 
    • Ph: (209) 948-6589
  • World Education Services, Inc.
    • Bowling Green Station
    • PO Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087
    • Courier Address:
      • 64 Beaver Street #146 New York, NY 10004
      • Ph: (212) 966-6311 Fx: (212) 966-6395
  • Foreign Academic Credit Service, Inc. 
    • P.O. Box 400, Glen Carbon, IL 62034 
    • Ph: (618) 656-5291 or (618) 307-6036
  • Education International, Inc. 
    • 29 Denton Road, Wellesley, MA 02482 
    • Ph: (781) 235-7425 Fx: (781) 235-6831
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    • International Ed. Consultants
    • 7101 Southwest 102nd Ave. Miami, FL 33173
    • Ph: (305) 273-1616 Fx: (305) 273-1338
  • Education Credential Evaluators, Inc
    • PO Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
    • Ph: (414) 289-3400 Fx: (414) 289-3411
  • Global Language Service 
    • Attn: Josh 
    • 319 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10007 
    • Ph: (212) 227-1994 or (800) 446-6228
  • International Education Evaluations, Inc.
    • 7900 Matthews Mint Hill Rd., Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28227
    • Ph: (704) 772-0109 Fx: (704) 545-2484
  • Spantran Educational Services, Inc.
    • 7211 Regency Square Blvd., Suite 205 Houston, TX 77036
    • Ph: (713) 266-8805 Fx: (713) 789-6022
  • Foundation for International Services, Inc. 
    • 14926 35th Ave. West, Suite 210 Lynnwood, WA 98087 
    • Ph: (425) 487-2245 Fx: (425) 248-2262
  • International Educational Research Foundation (China)
    • PO Box 3665, Culver City, CA 90231
    • Ph: (310) 258-9451 Fx: (310) 342-7086
  • International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
    • PO Box 8629, Philadelphia, PA 19101 
    • Ph: (215) 222-8454 Fx: (215) 349-0026