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Dates and Deadlines

Friday, February 3
Topics for conference roundtable lunch discussions due

Forum/NACUA Workshop on Clery Act Changes at Fordham Law School in NYC

Sunday, February 19
Forum Conference room rate at Sheraton Denver Downtown expires

Friday, February 24
Regular Registration rates for Annual Conference and Standards Institute close

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Forum Selected to Host American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow

The Forum has been chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as one of thirteen organizations to host a Public Fellow. The Fellow will serve in a two-year position that is fully funded by ACLS and will be based in the Forum’s offices in Carlisle, PA.

According to Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen, “The Fellow will serve as an Associate Director and be involved in developing resources in the areas of education abroad pedagogy and curriculum, and assist with the planning of related workshops and Standards of Good Practice Institutes.” Whalen added that “this will directly benefit Forum member institutions, which will benefit from the resources and programs that are generated by the Fellow’s work.”

The ACLS Public Fellows program will place 13 recent Ph.Ds. from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. The following organizations and institutions have been selected to host a Fellow:

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Consumers Union (San Francisco, CA)
Council of American Overseas Research Centers (Washington, DC)
Council on Library and Information Resources (Washington, DC)
Forum on Education Abroad (Carlisle, PA)
German Marshall Fund of the United States (Washington, DC)
Human Rights Watch (New York, NY, Washington, DC)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
National Conference of State Legislatures (Denver, CO)  
Newberry Library (Chicago, IL)
New York Public Library (New York, NY)
Oxfam America (Washington, DC)
Union of Concerned Scientists (Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC, Berkeley, CA)
“It is an honor for the Forum to be selected and appear among such a prestigious list of institutions and organizations,” Whalen said.

ACLS manages the Public Fellows application process. For more information, please visit:
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Timely Topics: Roundtable Lunch Discussions at the Annual Conference

Again this year, the Forum will offer the opportunity for casual discussions focused on timely topics in education abroad during Thursday’s lunch at the Annual Conference in Denver. Conversations will be informal, and leaders should be prepared to focus on facilitating dialogue among participants rather than presenting information. If you are interested in leading a lunch discussion, please email with your contact information and topic by Friday, February 3, 2012.

Sharing Best Practices: The Standards Toolbox

The Standards Toolbox is an online resource for Forum members that is designed to support implementation of the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. It contains specific examples of best practices in policies and operations that have been approved by the Forum’s Standards Committee in a comprehensive review process.

If your institution is interested in sharing examples, please submit them to Heather Harris, Assistant Director ( Potential examples may include website links, pdfs, or word documents. While submissions supporting any Standard will be considered, examples relating to language acquisition and/or host family arrangements (Standard 2: Student Learning and Development) and ethical operations (Standard 9: Ethics and Integrity, and the Code of Ethics) are particularly encouraged.

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