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February 9, 2017

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Professional Certification Accelerated Residencies Offer In-Depth
Professional Development

Are you ready to invest in your staff and/or yourself? Professional Certification in Education Abroad Accelerated Residency offers three days of interactive, in-depth training focusing on ethics, health and safety, student preparation and selection, academic development and more. Learn from colleagues from different types of institutions and perspectives all focused on quality international education. 
Participate in one of two upcoming Accelerated Residencies:
May 22-24, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Application Deadline: April 7
June 12-14, 2017
The Forum on Education Abroad, Carlisle, PA 
Application Deadline: April 21
Professional Certification includes:
  • All six Standards of Good Practice Workshops
  • Standards Assignments designed to facilitate deeper understanding and application of the Standards
  • Feedback from trained assessors with more than 12 years of individual experience in the field
  • Recognition of Certified Professionals in Education Abroad
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Has Your Institution Had a Specific Education Abroad Student Affected by the Travel Ban Executive Order?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Don't Know

Remember to share your anecdotes to support The Forum’s advocacy efforts.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Earns Recognition for Meeting the Standards of Good Practice

The Forum is pleased to announce that the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) recently received recognition for being in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice by successfully completing The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP). UWEC is the first public institution in the U.S. to earn this recognition. Cheryl Lochner-Wright, UWEC Self-Study Team Leader, said:
"The QUIP process gave us an excellent framework for assessing our work against the Standards of Good Practice. It has been an impetus for discussion and collaboration between the two main offices involved with study abroad, as well as with other campus stakeholders involved in the international education process. Our self-study and the peer review report provided important benchmarks that both offices can refer to as we continue to improve our policies and practices."
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 UWEC!
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13th Annual Conference:
Plan Your Meetings

Scheduling meetings for the 13th Annual Conference? Looking for a place to find your contact in the hotel? Plan to meet up at one of the “local landmark” signs in the lobby of the Grand Ballroom (near conference registration). Meet a colleague at the “Space Needle” after grabbing your boxed lunch or greet a potential partner at “Pike Place Market” during a coffee break. There will be five landmark signs from which to choose: “Space Needle,” “Pike Place Market,” “Woodland Park Zoo,” “Seattle Ferris Wheel,” and “Original Starbucks.”

Start planning and view the conference schedule»

View the list of registered attendees»

Certified Professional Spotlight: Courtney Greene

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Courtney Greene of Academic Programs International (API) has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Courtney joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.
Congratulations to Courtney!

“Completing the assignments and working closely with each of the Standards, I gained new insight—and a feeling of increased objectivity—in regards to how I problem solve and make decisions as a professional. Having been actively employed in the field for more than 15 years, I appreciate having this new orientation/perspective and think it makes me a stronger employee and contributor at my organization.”
- Courtney Greene
Welcome New Members:

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

American Business School of Paris
Consortium for Global Education
Levy Global Support

Interested in membership:
Join The Forum

Resources for Your Week:
Data Collection in Education Abroad

The importance of data collection in education abroad is undisputed. It helps us benchmark our progress and advocate for our field and our students. With the March 10 deadline for submission of the Open Doors U.S. Study Abroad Survey fast approaching, we encourage you to do your part, and share your numbers.
New to this? For guidance about data collection and Open Doors in particular, see NAFSA’s FAQs.
The Forum collects data to track the trends and needs of the field and its members biannually in the State of the Field Survey. For those who want to crunch their own numbers, the 2015 dataset was recently released for use by Forum members.
Keep an eye out for the 2017 State of the Field coming to your inbox later this semester.


Upcoming Workshops

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)

Friday, April 7, 2017
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 and 3)
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)  

Friday, April 21, 2017
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, February 24: Regular registration deadline for 13th Annual Conference
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
Tuesday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 29: Pre-Conference Workshops in Seattle
Wednesday, March 29 - Friday, March 31: 13th Annual Forum Conference in Seattle
Friday, April 7: Standards Workshops in Bethlehem, PA
Friday, April 7: Deadline to apply for Accelerated Residency in Champaign, IL
Friday, April 21: Forum Workshop in Louisville, KY
Friday, April 21: Deadline to apply for Accelerated Residency in Carlisle, PA
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