In this Issue:
Welcome New Members:
The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to Standards of Good Practice:
ALI Abroad

Seattle Pacific University
For more information on joining The Forum, visit:
Dates and Deadlines:

Monday, September 1
Early-bird registration deadline for workshop at Augsburg College: U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad

Thursday, September 4
Workshop at Wheaton College (IL): Overview of the Standards of Good Practice

Friday, September 12
Deadline to submit session proposals for the Eleventh Annual Conference in New Orleans

Monday, September 15
Deadline to submit courses to be considered for the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

Early-bird registration deadline: The Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona

Wednesday, September 17
Workshops at Hobart & William Smith Colleges: Standard 8 and Standards 2 & 3

Monday, September 29
Workshop at Augsburg College: U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad

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Proposal Deadline Extended for the 11th Annual Conference!

Submit your session and workshop proposals for The Forum’s Eleventh Annual Conference! The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, September 5.
The conference, It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad, will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 25-27, 2015.
Topics and areas of interest include:
  • What are the roles and concurrent responsibilities of the ‘faces’ of education abroad: on-campus administrators, on-site directors, independent program providers, host communities, faculty leaders, students?
  • How can education abroad professionals better communicate the value of education abroad to all stakeholders involved: senior administrators, faculty, student affairs professionals, governing boards, host institutions and host communities?
  • Doing more with less: how can we address challenges related to limited resources?
For additional topics of interest, as well as tips for drafting a successful proposal, go to


Scam Alert: Annual Conference Hotel Solicitations

It has been brought to The Forum's attention that third-party reservation companies have been contacting colleagues, particularly registered conference exhibitors, to offer a lower rate for rooms than The Forum/Sheraton's published rate for the Annual Conference. Please be aware that this is a PHISHING SCAM. The individuals DO NOT represent the Forum, nor have they been authorized by The Forum or Sheraton New Orleans to contact conference attendees. The Forum has not, and does not, share or sell contact information for any purpose.
The Forum recommends that you do not provide your personal or credit card information to any third-party companies that may contact you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alyssa Windholz at


Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Call for Course Submissions

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design honors an individual or group of individuals at a Forum member institution or organization for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. All courses submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative by September 15, 2014 will be considered for award. View the award criteria here, and please share with any colleagues who may be eligible.


Draft of Revised Standards Available for Member Comment

The draft of the 5th edition of The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad is already receiving praise and suggestions from Forum members. One member found the new Standards to be “clear and much more usable;” another member appreciated “the direct voice of the new Standards and their clarity.” Others have sent along their “congratulations on the fine work” to the Committee.
Add your voice, review the draft here: Standards Toolbox


Initial Survey Results: The Field Can Accommodate More Students in Most Locations

According to preliminary results of The Forum’s Capacity Survey, over 22,600 additional students can be accommodated on existing education abroad programs for the academic year 2014-15. This is based on 144 institutions and organizations reporting on their capacity to accommodate more students on programs. According to Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen, “We need more Forum members to complete the survey in order to obtain as representative a sample as possible. For that reason we are leaving the survey open and will continue to encourage our members to complete it.” If you have any questions about the survey or your institution or organization has not received the link to complete it, send an email to


Forum Workshops at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Looking for ways to assess your health and safety protocols? Wrestling with how to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience? On Wednesday, September 17, The Forum will deliver two half-day workshops at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to address these concerns. The first workshop will focus on Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management. In the afternoon, the second workshop will address Standards 2 and 3: Academic Framework, Student Learning and Development.
Register for both workshops and receive a $50 discount off the total cost. Click here to register!


Forum Workshop at Augsburg College: Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Monday, September 29 at Augsburg College. Co-sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), this workshop will address implications for education abroad as a result of recent federal activity: the Violence Against Women Act; Title IX and the revision to the Handbook for the Clery Act.
Take advantage of early-bird pricing and register by September 1.


Make your Hotel Reservations in Barcelona Now

Haven’t booked your hotel accommodations for The Forum’s European Conference in Barcelona? Don’t delay! The Forum has provided a list of hotel options ranging in price and varying in distance from the conference location.
The conference, What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe, will be held October 23-25 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Early-bird registration pricing is available through September 15.

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