Nigerian graduate loses second international admission after Ekiti University refuses to release transcript 15 months after application
A graduate of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti says he is about to lose a second admission to continue his studies at a university in the United States of America due to the failure of his alma mater to process his transcript.
According to the man who graduated from the Department of Geography and Planning Sciences in 2001, EKSU management continued to treat him silently following a legitimate request he made for his transcripts more than 15 months ago.
A transcript is a certified record of a student throughout a program of study. This is a globally recognized prerequisite to secure admission.
Often considered proof of studies, a transcript, issued after completion of undergraduate or postgraduate studies, contains basic information about a student and the grades/marks obtained in all courses offered during the course of study. ‘a study.
This information allows a school‘s admissions board or employer to decide and/or verify whether a candidate actually meets the academic qualification for admission or employment.
Schools in a foreign country may request that a student’s official transcript be sent directly from the institution by mail or courier.
However, over the years, thousands of graduates from Nigerian institutions have lost scholarship, admission and employment opportunities due to the failure of their alma mater to issue their transcripts to deadline.
Speaking to SaharaReporters, the EKSU graduate with registration number 962134 said, “I had requested a transcript in the last quarter of 2020 and the only information available, since then and after several efforts , is that the records (not even for one semester) of the results are not available.
“I cannot overstate that the delay in providing this transcript has blocked my quest for advancement and is costing me dearly, in addition to being a denial of my rights (having fulfilled the requirements for obtaining a school diploma).
“This request is very important to me and I feel unquantifiable pain at the school’s willingness to process this request.
“My sincere prayer is that the school acts quickly on this request as I should not suffer from inefficiency on their part.”
He added that he was about to lose his admission to continue his studies at Western Governors University in the United States due to his inability to provide his transcript.
“They claim the records of the results are missing because they moved them from place to place. I already have a certificate issued by the school confirming that I have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation.
“This caused delays for me as I should have completed the program. They were waiting for the assessed transcripts to process my admission.
A letter from the American university to the man obtained by SaharaReporters read: “You have indicated that you wish to submit your completed college-level university courses outside the United States for transfer credit review at WGU Tennessee.
“International transcripts require assessment by an accredited educational credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICES).
“Students may also send past assessments completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
“International Education Services. WGU requires that previous reviews have been performed by AACRAO and not by an AACRAO member. WGU Tennessee works frequently with NACES. You can find a current list of eligible NACES members here.
“You can find a current list of eligible AICES members here. To request previous AACRAO assessments, click here.
“When evaluating your international transcripts, please note the following parameters: You must request a course-by-course evaluation from the agency of your choice. Note: Even if your transcripts are in English, they will need to be assessed for US equivalency.
“You can only use one rating service. Multiple assessments for transfer credit will not be accepted. The assessment process can be lengthy, so expect a turnaround time of approximately 6-12 weeks.
“Official copies of these assessments must be sent directly to WGU Tennessee from the Credential Assessment Service and must be received no later than the 1st of the month prior to the scheduled start date. Send these copies to: Western Governors University. Attn: Transcripts Department 4001 South 700 East, Suite 300 Salt Lake City, UT 84107. If you have any questions or concerns, call me.
When contacted, EKSU spokesman Bode Olofinmuagun said he had no comment.
“I have nothing to say, only the clerk can say anything about the transcripts,” he said.
Source: Shot of Sahara Journalists.