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October 23, 2015
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In this Issue:

The Forum Focus – October 2015

The October issue of The Forum Focus is now available. This issue includes the following short articles:
  • “Why Does The Forum Collect Data, and Why Should You Care?” by Brian Whalen, Forum President and CEO
  • “Reframing Diversity: Inclusive Excellence and Education Abroad,” by Karyn L. Sweeney, Peace Corps, Southwest Regional Office
  • “Filling the Education Abroad Historical Glass,” by William W. Hoffa, Adjunct Faculty, SIT Graduate Institute
  • “From The Forum Council Chair,” by Kelly McLaughlin, Assistant Dean of Assessment & Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience, Yale University
  • “From The Forum Board Chair,” by Mary Anne Grant, President, ISEP
The Forum welcomes responses to the articles, ideas for future topics, and submissions. Please send correspondence and submissions to:
Forum Focus

Coming Soon to Your Inbox: The 2015 State of the Field Survey

Data is a powerful tool. The data on education abroad practices collected from the State of the Field surveys allows us to identify current practices and track how those practices are changing over time. It helps colleagues around the world learn from each other and improve the practices at their own institutions. It helps us advocate for the field of education abroad when legislators and administrators question our practices. It helps (us here at) The Forum to develop useful resources for our members. And perhaps most importantly, it helps us all do what matters most: improve the quality of education abroad to benefit students. So, when the 2015 State of the Field Survey arrives in the inbox of your institution or organization next week, please take a few minutes to complete it or encourage your institutional representative to do so. Your contribution is powerful.

Professional Certification Accelerated Residency at Texas Christian University

Are you short on time or want to maximize travel funds? The Forum is hosting an Accelerated Residency Program at Texas Christian University, January 20-22, 2016. Professional Certification participants can attend all six Standards of Good Practice Workshops over the course of three days, then return home to complete the Standards Assignments. This is a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with colleagues in a focused, intensive program to advance your professional credentials. The application deadline is November 15Scholarships are available.
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Standards of Good Practice Workshops in Chicago, IL

Two Forum workshops will be hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology on Monday, November 9, in Chicago, IL. Overview of the Standards of Good Practice will be offered in the morning. In the afternoon, join Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7) and receive training on how to align your organization’s policies with available resources.
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Standards of Good Practice Workshops in Towson, MD

Also on November 9, two Standards of Good Practice Workshops will be hosted by Towson University in Maryland: Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5) and Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8). Participants will engage in a variety of activities and discussions designed to focus on these particular issues.
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Welcome New Member

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

University of Central Arkansas

Interested in membership:
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Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, October 29: Registration opens for 12th Annual Conference
Monday, November 9: Standards Workshops in Chicago, IL
Monday, November 9: Standards Workshops in Towson, MD
Sunday, November 15: Deadline to apply for Accelerated Residency in January
Tuesday, November 17: Forum workshop in Reno, NV
Thursday, December 3: Standards Workshops in Tampa, FL
Friday, January 15: Deadline to apply for Fireside Dialogue
Wednesday, January 20-Friday, January 22: Accelerated Residency in Fort Worth, TX
Thursday, January 29: Deadline for Proposals for the 3rd European Conference

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