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November 19, 2015
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In this Issue:

Representatives from 24 Ecuadorian Universities Trained in the
Standards of Good Practice

With support from and in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Quito, this week The Forum conducted training for Ecuadorian universities to help them to expand their capacity to host U.S. education abroad students. 29 colleagues from 24 Ecuadorian universities gathered in Cuenca, Ecuador, to take part in Standards workshops and specialized training designed to help their universities to assess and improve their education abroad programs and operations.
Mark Odenwelder, Executive Director of Fundación CEDEI, which hosted the events, facilitated the workshops and training. A Forum Trained Facilitator, Odenwelder commented, “It was wonderful to see so many Ecuadorian universities represented over the past two days. With the growing popularity of education abroad in Ecuador, I am happy to see that the universities are taking the Standards seriously as a way to expand their capacity to host students from the U.S.” 
Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen explained that “The Forum will be continuing this training by convening a webinar in January so that the participants can continue to share best practice approaches to meeting the Standards.” He added, “It was very satisfying to see the positive reaction to the Standards and how our Ecuadorian colleagues used them to assess and improve their capacity for hosting more U.S. students.”

Forum Storytellers Podcast:
Episode 3 is Now Available!

Whenever education abroad professionals gather, we learn from each other through the experiences we share and stories we tell. Forum Storytellers is a project to preserve the stories of education abroad, and share them with colleagues – past, present and future.
One of the first education abroad “road warriors,” the legendary Tom Roberts entered the field over 50 years ago. Listen as he describes his career, from the early days to the founding of IFSA-Butler and beyond.
Learn more and stream this episode on The Forum’s website
Subscribe to Forum Storytellers podcast on iTunes

Professional Certification Accelerated Residency at Texas Christian University

The Forum’s Professional Certification Accelerated Residency allows you to maximize your travel or professional development funds and save time by attending all six Standards of Good Practice Workshops over the course of three days. The next accelerated residency will be offered at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, January 20-22, 2016. This is a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with colleagues in a focused, intensive program to advance your professional knowledge, skills and credentials. The application deadline is tomorrow, November 20. Scholarships are available.
“A short, intense experience that provides the opportunity to make significant headway in terms of internalizing best practices for the field and incorporating them into one’s own work. The residency provides a special opportunity to meet and share ideas with like-minded colleagues.”
- Past Accelerated
Residency Participant

Support for Title VI and Fulbright Hays

The Forum joined other members of the Coalition for International Education in signing letters to the House and Senate appropriations committees, urging them to adopt the House provision that would continue the fiscal year 2015 Title VI-Fulbright Hays funding levels into fiscal year 2016.
Read the letter to the House

Read the letter to the Senate

Standards of Good Practice Workshops in Tampa, FL

Two Forum workshops will be hosted by the University of South Florida on Thursday, December 3. In the morning, join Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7) and receive training on how to align your organization’s policies with available resources. The second Standards workshop will be offered in the afternoon and will focus on Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3). Participants will engage in a variety of activities and discussions designed to focus on these particular issues. Register for both workshops and save $50!
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Annual Conference Grant and Award Opportunities

The Forum is pleased to offer two opportunities to help defray the costs of attending The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta. Education abroad professionals from Forum member institutions are invited to apply to receive a conference travel grant. Selection will be based on need and demonstrated benefit from attending the conferenceGrant awards are limited and can be expected to range from $200 to $500. The deadline to apply is December 4.
The Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award is given to faculty members or education abroad colleagues who have been especially effective in contributing to innovations in education abroad program design. The award is named in honor of long-time education abroad innovator, Ron Koehn, who has played a significant role in advancing the education abroad field. The deadline to apply is December 11.

The 12th Annual Conference, Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad, will take place in Atlanta, GA, April 6-8, 2016 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Registration for the conference is now open.

Standards of Good Practice Workshops in Conjunction with WISE Conference

The Forum will host Standards of Good Practice Workshops in Winston-Salem, NC, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The workshops are being held in conjunction with the WISE Conference on intercultural skills development. In the morning, join Overview of the Standards of Good Practice and learn to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming. The second workshop will be offered in the afternoon and will focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5).
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European Colleagues: Register for Forum Workshops in Barcelona

On February 5, 2016, The Forum will host Standards Workshops at the CEA Study Abroad – Barcelona Center. The first workshop in the morning will focus on Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3) and will help you to identify the resources and design programming to assist in this effort. The afternoon workshop is on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. Register for both workshops and save $50!
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Welcome New Members

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

Loop Abroad
Stevenson University

Interested in membership:
Join The Forum

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, November 20: Deadline to apply for Accelerated Residency in January
Thursday, December 3: Standards Workshops in Tampa, FL
Friday, December 4: Deadline to apply for conference travel grants
Friday, December 11: Deadline to apply for Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award
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
Wednesday, February 3: Standards Workshops in Winston-Salem, NC
Friday, February 5: Standards Workshops in Barcelona, Spain
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