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January 12, 2017

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January 15 Proposal Deadline:
Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management

The deadline to submit session proposals for the 8th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute is Sunday, January 15. The Standards Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, will be held at The University of Texas at Austin on June 22, 2017. Last year this event was sold out!
Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management is the signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. Education abroad professionals gather each year at this Standards Institute to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices of risk management, including regulatory compliance.
Read the Call for Proposals

Final Call: Submit Proposals to Host The Forum’s 4th European Conference

The Forum welcomes member institutions and organizations to submit a proposal to serve as host of its 2018 European Conference. The Forum plans to conduct its 4th European Conference in October 2018 for an expected 400-500 participants. The conference will span three days with an in-depth focus on and exploration of a theme that will be selected by The Forum’s European conference committee. Successful proposals will describe how the institution/organization can successfully meet the host requirements.
The deadline to submit proposals is tomorrow, January 13.
View the Request for Proposals

Forum Storytellers Podcast: A Conversation with Mickey Slind

Mickey Slind became an “accidental” study abroad professional when after raising a family she took a job in the Registrar’s Office at Hamline University in 1981. Prior to this she had never studied abroad and did not even own a passport. Always on the cutting edge of the field, she was one of the first to champion short-term programming, was a pioneer in the quest for women’s equality in the field, had a leadership role in creating workshops for underrepresented students, and served on the original NAFSA committee to integrate health and safety into study abroad professional development.
While Mickey officially retired twelve years ago she remains active as a consultant and leader imparting her wisdom, experience and expertise to a new generation of students, advisers and field representatives.
Listen Now
Welcome New Members:

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

Comforts of Home
University of Cape Town

Interested in membership:
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13th Annual Conference:
Early-Bird Registration Ends January 27

Join The Forum in Seattle for dialogue, discussion, best practices and solid solutions! Early-bird registration pricing ends on January 27.
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FIE Renews Recognition for Meeting Standards of Good Practice

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Foundation for International Education (FIE) recently completed a successful Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) review to maintain its recognition for being in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. FIE first earned QUIP recognition in 2008.

The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad is a rigorous process of self-study and peer review that recognizes institutions and organizations for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad while offering suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement.

Congratulations to FIE!

From A to Z: Developing an Assessment Plan to Promote Student Learning and Development

New York University will host the new Forum workshop, From A to Z: Developing an Assessment Plan to Promote Student Learning and Development, on Wednesday, March 1. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to conceptualize and implement an assessment plan. Special emphasis will be placed on the assessment process as a holistic and iterative process that relies on collaboration with other units on campus. Early-bird registration rates end on January 20.
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Resources for Your Week:
Reviewing the Research on Short-Term Education Abroad

Want to make a case for short-term education abroad programming? A recent article by Kathleen Campbell in the Journal of International Mobility reviews literature on the subject published between 1962 and 2015, and summarizes the consistencies in findings over time.
Campbell cites Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad as one of the most useful sources of research on short-term programming. The most recent issues, published after her study was written, contain two more articles on the subject: Join several of these authors to learn more when they present on their research at The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference, “Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum,” March 29-31 in Seattle.

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, February 3, 2017
Syracuse University, Florence, Italy
Program Resources, Policies and Procedures (Standards 6 and 7)
Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 and 3)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
New York University, New York, NY
From A to Z: Developing an Assessment Plan to Promote Student Learning & Development  

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Denison University, Granville, OH
Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics)
Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)  

Friday, March 3, 2017
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, January 13: Deadline to submit proposals to host 4th European Conference
Sunday, January 15: Session proposal deadline for 8th Annual Standards Institute
Friday, January 27: Early-bird registration deadline for the 13th Annual Conference
Friday, February 3: Standards Workshops in Florence, Italy
Wednesday, March 1: Forum Workshop in New York, NY
Thursday, March 2: Standards Workshops in Granville, OH
Friday, March 3: Standards Workshops in Columbia, SC
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