There have already been hundreds of posts about "VAE", often rather hysterical and written in broken English. But to my knowledge, nobody has yet explained in any detail what it is. So what is this French "VAE" process? How is it performed? What kind of instituions are authorized to perform it? What kind of oversight do the institutions performing "VAE" receive, whether by the French government or by some accreditor-like organization? What is the name of this oversight agency (if it exists) and how can it be contacted? How does "VAE" differ, if it does, from long established prior-learning assessments in the United States, such as the exams and portfolios used by Thomas Edison State? Why is there so much talk about "VAE" being an innovation that the US should accept? What's innovative about it? Finally, how can all of this stuff be independently verified by an English speaker who doesn't understand French?