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January 7, 2016
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Application Deadline Approaches:
Special QUIP Opportunity

A specially-funded opportunity is available for member institutions to participate in a Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) review. Selected institutions must commit to complete the QUIP reviews during the 2016 calendar year, and they will pay only a $500 fee and assume no other costs for the reviews, which include peer review site visits.
The deadline to apply is January 15.
Learn More & Apply

Webinar, “After the Paris Attacks: Education Abroad & the New Normal”

Submit your questions for the discussants!

On Thursday, January 21, 11 a.m. (EST), The Forum will host a moderated discussion with education abroad professionals in Paris and the U.S. that will address how to support students, parents, and education abroad partners.
Joanna Holvey-Bowles
Julie Friend, Northwestern University
Alexandra Mitchell, CEA Study Abroad France
Loren Ringer, APUAF (Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France)
Due to an overwhelming response, registration for this webinar is now closed. A recording of the webinar will be made public on The Forum website. All interested parties are encouraged to submit questions and/or comments for the discussants to by January 14.

Fireside Dialogue: Inclusive Excellence in Education Abroad

The Forum is pleased to offer a Fireside Dialogue to be held in conjunction with its 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta in April 2016. Inclusive Excellence in Education Abroad is intended for education abroad professionals seeking to assist the field to meet its diversity goals by focusing on the more encompassing concept of Inclusive Excellence. The Forum’s Fireside Dialogues foster in-depth, collegial discussion that leads to practical solutions that help to advance The Forum and the field as a whole. 

The application deadline is January 15.
Learn More & Apply

Thanks and Congrats to Ball State University

The Forum thanks institutional representative Kelly Kirkwood of Ball State University for completing the 2015 State of the Field Survey before the early-bird deadline. Ball State received a free workshop registration in a drawing among all institutions who completed the survey before November 30, 2015. Congratulations!
Many thanks to all members who completed the State of the Field Survey. Results will be shared at The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta this year.

New Updates in the Outcomes Toolbox Assessment Bibliography!

The Assessment Bibliography focuses on studies assessing education abroad outcomes with the aims of disseminating information to The Forum membership and encouraging new research and practice. Take a few minutes to browse the bibliography and let us know how we are doing, what you find helpful, and if you have any ideas on how we can improve this important resource. Feedback can be sent to Amelia Dietrich, Assistant Director of Digital Resources, at
Log In & View the Assessment Bibliography

Reserve an Exhibit Table for the 12th Annual Conference

Achieve maximum exposure for your institution or organization at The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference by reserving a booth in the Exhibit Hall. There are only a handful of open tables remaining and they are going fast!
The Conference, Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad, will take place in Atlanta, GA, April 6-8, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Take advantage of early-bird pricing and register for the conference by January 29.

Call for Proposals: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

The Forum is now accepting session proposals for the 7th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, to be held at Northwestern University on June 23, 2016. This institute is the field’s signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced by organizations and institutions. Education abroad professionals gather to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices of education abroad risk management, including regulatory compliance.

The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to February 5.
Read the Call for Proposals

Be Part of the On-Site Dialogue: The Forum’s 3rd European Conference

The Forum’s European Conferences provide the valuable opportunity for on-site education abroad professionals to dialogue with colleagues from across Europe, sharing ideas, strategies and concerns. Join the dialogue by submitting a session proposal for the 3rd European Conference, Living Change: Education Abroad in 21st Century Europe. The conference will be hosted by CYA (College Year in Athens) in Athens, Greece, October 5-7, 2016.
The deadline to submit proposals is January 29.
Read the Call for Proposals
Welcome New Members

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

Baldwin Wallace University

Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary – Belize Study Abroad

Interested in membership:
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Upcoming Workshops in the New Year

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice & Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)
February 3, 2016
In conjunction with the WISE Conference on intercultural skills development, Winston-Salem, NC
Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3) & Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
February 5, 2016
CEA Study Abroad Barcelona Center, Spain
Hurry! Early-bird registration deadline is December 18.
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
February 8, 2016
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics) & Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
February 24, 2016
New York University, NY

Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) & Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
March 8, 2016
Tennessee Board of Regents, Nashville, TN


Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, January 15: Deadline to apply for Fireside Dialogue
Friday, January 15: Deadline to apply for specially-funded QUIP opportunity
Thursday, January 21: Member Webinar, “After the Paris Attacks”
Thursday, January 29: Deadline for Proposals for the 3rd European Conference
Thursday, January 29: Early-bird registration deadline for the 12th Annual Conference
Wednesday, February 3: Standards Workshops in Winston-Salem, NC
Friday, February 5: Deadline for proposals for the Standards of Good Practice Institute
Friday, February 5: Standards Workshops in Barcelona, Spain
Monday, February 8: Standards Workshop in Tempe, AZ
Wednesday, February 24: Standards Workshops in New York, NY
Tuesday, March 8: Standards Workshops in Nashville, TN
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