Congratulations from the Board
Kenneth Warren began Educational Perspectives in February 2002 during a challenging time in our country—just a few short months after 9/11. The field of international education was forever changed by this attack, as some of its perpetrators were on student visas. In addition to all the typical considerations of starting a new business, besting the competition, hiring good people, and delivering a superior service-- there is no doubt that the future of the field of international education weighed heavily on Ken’s mind during this uncertain time for our country. Ken pressed on and we are glad he did.
From EP’s first evaluation in July 2002, for an immigrant seeking employment in the US, to the nearly 12,000 evaluations it handles each year, there have been many milestones along the way. In 2003 EP was accepted as a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services), thus giving EP an important credential of its own. EP’s membership in NACES is indicative of its dedication to excellence and professionalism.
EP’s expansion over the next two decades coincided with one of the largest growth periods in the United States for international education. EP grew from one staff member working out of an apartment to 26 working from an office in the Chicago Loop. EP’s client base, which started with a few institutions that admitted individuals with foreign credentials, has grown every year to over a thousand. EP has also developed partnerships with organizations that support immigrants, refugees and asylees in pursuit of employment, immigration, professional licensure, and military enlistment. EP’s work has, in short, supported others who seek a better future in the United States.
Recognizing the global nature of international education led EP beyond the US to its next milestone when in 2014 it became a signatory of The Groningen Declaration. Signatories of this declaration are working toward a common ground where students and others from countries around the world are able to share their educational data across platforms as they pursue education, training and employment in our global workplace. EP’s own work went fully digital in 2015 as it sought to serve the needs of its global client base.
EP has also given back to the field of international education. Ken is currently the chair of NACES, and he has served as the VP of Standards for The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP). He has also served as a member of the (ACE) Admissions and Credential Evaluation Board of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). Educational Perspectives’ staff have also travelled around the country and the globe to provide thousands of hours of public service advice, support, and training for partners to build expertise in credential evaluation.
As members of EP’s Board, we are constantly impressed with Ken’s steady hand and how his vision has maneuvered EP through growth periods and choppy waters. There is no doubt that the biggest challenge to international education and global mobility is the one we are facing right now with COVID-19. Ken and his talented and dedicated staff have adapted. They are working in a remote and hybrid model. Staff have worked diligently with their institutional partners to ensure that credential evaluation continues during this time of logistical challenges because they know that each evaluation represents a person and their hopes and dreams for a better life.
The Board extends its warmest congratulations to Educational Perspectives and its best wishes for the next decades.
PAMELA J. HARROD
Director of International Admissions (Retired)
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Office of Global Engagement Oakland University
Senior Education Analyst (Retired)
Director of Admissions
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
University of Chicago