I handle skills verification letters for MSCS alums. I follow a very
specific procedure for these letters. Please read carefully and follow
- Here is the MS Word
for the draft letter that you should send me. It's in a very
specific format that I require for all skills verification
letters. No exceptions.
Please follow this format exactly, using the template as your
starting point. You'll want to modify anything in brackets, but
otherwise, except for the specific courses and topics, please don't
change a word. This is a letter that I actually signed, so my hope
is that you can see by example what I'm willing to sign.
- In the email with your draft letter to me, please justify each of
the topics you're claiming by highlighting the exact location where
that exact phrase appears in the course materials for that specific
semester. The phrase can appear in the syllabus, in the registrar's
course description, or in the title of a lecture (but not in the title
of a particular slide). Please attach pdfs of the source material,
with all phrases you are claiming highlighted in yellow.
One reason for this requirement is to avoid any outlandish or untrue
claims that your lawyer might ask you to make. Another reason is to
provide me with the documentation for the letter.
- When you've finished your letter, please send me your
transcript (unofficial is OK), your documentation from step 3,
and your MS Word draft letter, all in a single email, with a
subject line of "Skills verification for [your name]".
I'll review the draft letter, perhaps modify it, sign it if
it's OK, and then return a digitally-signed pdf to you. There
is no back and forth negotiation, so please follow my
- If your lawyer insists on a scan of a signed hardcopy, you'll need
to mail several unsigned hardcopies to my residence.