External Reviewers

AIRC external reviewers are the standard verification and diplomatic corps and are selected from among AIRC’s Institutional Members. Reviewer selection is based on their high levels of expertise in carrying out the AIRC Certification process with the utmost integrity.

Reviewers must meet AIRC qualifications in order to serve as an AIRC External Reviewer. They must be:
    Knowledgeable of the AIRC Standards for Certification.

    Academically qualified, having earned graduate degrees in disciplines related to educational administration or related fields.

    Qualified professionals who have gained the respect of their peers through their involvement in professional activities.

    Effective communicators who possess demonstrated communication skills, observation skills, team-building skills, and report-writing skills.

    Individuals who have stature and reputation within their home institution and among the U.S. professional community of international student affairs and related areas, who are flexible and empathetic to diverse cultural contexts, fair and objective in decision-making and without conflicts of interest.

Role of External Reviewer

Reviewers function as fact finders for AIRC, taking on the roles of observers, verifiers, reporters, and evaluators.

The first task of reviewers is to read the self-study report carefully and thoughtfully and evaluate the narrative and supporting documents against the standards. This evaluation process will guide the on-site observation and verification activities.

During the site visit, reviewers:

  •     Verify on site the accuracy of statements made in the self-study report (For example, reviewers examine selected documents and interview administrators, staff, and students.)
  •     Gather additional evidence as to the overall quality of the agency’s service best collected on-site
  •     Evaluate staff knowledge of the U.S. education system (for which the AIRC Professional Development Manual is a key resource); and
  •     Observe facilities and record keeping
  •     Report the results of interviews and observations
  •     Provide a report which summarizes findings and recommends a certification status to the AIRC Certification Board.

External reviewers sign a confidentiality statement outlining their obligations related to confidentiality, conflicts of interest, behavior toward others, and future relationships.  Normally, an external reviewer will not be assigned to a recruitment agency under contract with his/her institution. AIRC Board Members and Certification Commissioners that have served as external reviewers may not conduct reviews during their time on the Board or Commission.