Global Standards Program

Through a two-tier process of Recognition and Candidature via the GSP, an organization can become a NACES Globally Recognized Organization (GRO) or a Globally Certified Organization (GCO). A GRO is one that believes in the standards and principles of NACES. Its work demonstrates evidence of intent to comply with many of these standards, without a requirement of demonstrating compliance.  A GRO/GCO may go about actualizing these standards in different ways in its own socio-cultural-political-educational context.

The GSP adds a new dimension to the non-profit mission of NACES by disseminating our standards to a broader international community. This strategic move affirms NACES’ unequivocal dedication to quality in this field, which, by the nature of its work, requires NACES to assume a global persona. 

What is the process to become a GRO or GCO?

The NACES Global Standards Program is a two-tiered program:

Tier 1: The first tier is a Recognition Service. To be a NACES Globally Recognized Organization (GRO), candidates are required to provide a public assertion of support and acknowledgement of NACES standards and principles.

Tier 2: The second tier is a Certification Service. To be a NACES Globally Certified Organization (GCO), candidates are required to provide an active demonstration of adherence to NACES standards and principles by going through a process of vetting that is based on NACES standards and principles that are appropriately adjusted for a non-US entity.

Being recognized by NACES via GRO does not automatically entitle an organization for successful passage to the NACES GCO status.

What type of institutions can apply for Recognition and Candidature in the GSP?

The GSP program is open to government entities involved in credential evaluation, ENIC/NARIC offices, offices in a university system, regulatory agencies, for-profit credential evaluation services, and independent credential assessors. These entities may vary and may need to go about actualizing NACES standards and principles in ways that are aligned with the socio-cultural-political-educational contexts of the respective environments in which they operate.

How are GROs and GCOs different from the regular NACES Members?

The primary difference between being a GRO or GCO and a regular NACES Member is that organizations that are being recognized or certified by NACES do not need to meet the NACES requirements of being an independent credential evaluation agency located in the United States or abide by other criteria for NACES membership required of US credential evaluation agencies.

Current GROs and GCO

Since 1984, CIMEA - Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence has been engaged in the field of information and consulting services relating to the procedures for the recognition of academic qualifications and to issues relating to Italian and international higher education and training.

CIMEA is the official Italian centre within the NARIC - National Academic Recognition Information Centres – network of the European Union and the ENIC - European National Information Centres – network of the European Council and of UNESCO.

CIMEA supports academic mobility in all its forms and facilitates the understanding of the components of the Italian and foreign higher education and training systems and promotes the principles of the Lisbon Convention in the field of academic qualification recognition.


For more information about the Global Standards Program, please contact Margit Schatzman at: mschatzman@ece.org.