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June 11, 2015
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12th Annual Forum Conference:
Call for Proposals

The Forum is pleased to announce the theme of its 12th Annual Conference: "Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad." The conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 6-8, 2016.
Education abroad is a field of intersections. In every program, different national identities, learning models, values, disciplines, languages, traditions, institutions and organizations encounter each other in distinctive ways that create the unique cultures of education abroad. Education abroad lives and thrives at the intersections of these ideas and realities. Read the full Call for Proposals.

Session proposals are now being accepted via an online form. The deadline to submit is September 4.
The Forum thanks the Conference Committee for its work in choosing the theme of the Annual Conference.
2016 Conference Content Committee
Lee Sternberger, James Madison University (Chair)
Jane Kucko, Texas Christian University (Past Chair)
Neva Barker, Scripps College
Brett Berquist, University of Auckland
Tracey Bradley, Pellissippi State Community College
Alice Cronin, Stonehill College
Katie DeGuzman, University of Central Florida
Lynn Elliott, Brigham Young University
Margery Ganz, Spelman College
Cara Lane Toomey, AMIDEAST
Wendy Lombardo, Arcadia University – The College of Global Studies
Fernando Miño-Garcés, Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS)
Thomas Roman, IFE
Jon Stauff, The College of New Jersey

Apply to Serve as QUIP Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewers play a critical role in making The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) the only objective, independent review system in education abroad, based on the field’s Standards of Good Practice. Experienced education abroad professionals trained by The Forum, Peer Reviewers assess education abroad operations of organizations participating in QUIP Reviews. They commend the organization for excellent practices, provide suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement, and make the recommendation of whether the organization is in substantial conformity with the individual Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

The Forum is currently accepting applications for Peer Reviewers. View eligibility requirements and apply by Friday, June 12 to be considered.
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Call for European Conference Committee Volunteers

Interested in serving on the conference committee for The Forum’s 3rd European Conference in Athens, Greece in 2016? Fill out the volunteer form and let us know!
The European Conference Committee works closely with The Forum staff in deciding on the conference theme, creating the Call for Proposals, and reviewing session proposals to create the content of the conference. Conference committee members contribute via e-mail and teleconference with no face-to-face meetings required. 
To be considered for the committee, express your interest in being involved by Friday, June 19. The selection of committee members is based in part on experience and balancing representation of The Forum’s membership.
Volunteer Form

June 30: Nomination Deadline for the 2015 Undergraduate Research Award

The Forum is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Undergraduate Research Award. The Forum Undergraduate Research Award is an honor that showcases the most rigorous and significant undergraduate research that occurs as part of education abroad programs. The 2015 award recipients will be invited to present their research at the annual Forum conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2016.

Nominations must be submitted by June 30.
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Forum Workshop at Middlebury College: The Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Monday, July 13 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Co-sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), this workshop will address implications for education abroad as a result of recent federal activity: the Violence Against Women Act; Title IX and the revision to the Handbook for the Clery Act. Register at the regular rate by July 3.
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ISA Granada Program Receives QUIP Interim Recognition

The Forum is pleased to announce that ISA’s Granada Program has been recognized for continuing to be in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice, and for demonstrating a continued commitment to quality improvement.

Learn more about The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program.

Have You Seen the Interactive Resources for the 5th Edition of the Standards?

Check out this example to see how each Standard is supported by Queries, Fundamental Elements, Glossary definitions, and best practice examples:

Welcome New Member

The Forum welcomes the following institutional member committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

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Interested in membership:
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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, June 12: QUIP Peer Reviewer application deadline
Friday, June 19: Deadline to express interest in European Conference Committee
Tuesday, June 30: Deadline for Undergraduate Research Award nominations
Friday, July 3: Regular registration deadline for workshop at Middlebury College
Monday, July 13: Forum workshop at Middlebury College
Friday, September 4: Proposal deadline for 12th Annual Conference

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