Forum Assists Minnesota Study Abroad Professionals
At the invitation of an ad hoc working group of the Minnesota Study Abroad Professionals (MSAP), Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen traveled to Saint Paul to join several Minnesota education abroad colleagues to meet with State legislators drafting a bill related to education abroad. The State Senators intend to introduce legislation that would require Minnesota colleges and universities to provide reports on incidents related to student health and safety abroad. According to Whalen, “It was important for the Forum to be present at the meeting to help to explain the Standards of Good Practice
, provide input on the draft legislation, and support the goals of our Minnesota institutional members.” Whalen added that “the Forum will continue to work closely to support its Minnesota institutional members so that any legislation that is enacted is both reasonable and consistent with the goals of our members.”
Jodi Malmgren, co-chair of the MSAP working group, commented: “We are so appreciative that Brian was able to join our meeting with the State legislators. As the Standards setting organization for the field of Education Abroad, the Forum lends weight to our communication about the health and safety standards in our field. The legislators were responsive to Brian’s explanation of Standard 8 and to his offer to share the Forum Critical Incident Database as part of the reporting on health and safety incidents proposed in the legislation.” Ann Hubbard of AIFS Study Abroad serves as the other co-chair of this working group; also present at the State Capitol were representatives from the Minnesota State College and University system, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Private College Council.
If any Forum members would like to discuss the draft legislation or its potential impact, contact Brian Whalen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum a Strategic Partner for IIE’s Generation Study Abroad
The Forum on Education is serving as a strategic partner in the Institute for International Education’s Generation Study Abroad
initiative. The Forum will make available to Forum institutional members that are Commitment Partners of the initiative the opportunity to participate in a Customized Strategic Planning Review in the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP)
. According to Annmarie Whalen, the Forum’s Vice President for Programs and Resources, “these reviews will assist institutions and organizations in their planning to meet their commitment to increasing education abroad participation by using the Standards of Good Practice as a way to ensure quality.” Whalen represented the Forum at the Generation Study Abroad Think Tank at IIE’s headquarters in New York on March 12, during which strategies for meeting the goals of the initiative were discussed by the more than 70 education abroad leaders in attendance.
The Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference
The Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference
, “New and Emerging Paradigms in Education Abroad,” will be held in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
Arriving early? Participate in any of the pre-conference workshops
offered on Wednesday, April 2, some of which count toward the Forum’s Professional Certification
Pre-Conference Workshop Spotlight:
Standards of Good Practice: Focus on Standard 1 (Mission), Standard 9 (Ethics) and the Code of Ethics
Facilitated by Kim Kreutzer (Afternoon Workshop)
Are you wondering how to align your resources with your mission? Have you considered how the Forum Code of Ethics applies to what you do every day in your position? This workshop focuses on Mission, Ethics, and The Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, to assist education abroad professionals in connecting these Standards. Participants will discuss the importance of mission and ethics in the field, and will delve deeply into The Code of Ethics by understanding its history and application through a variety of case studies. This workshop counts toward Forum Certification.
There is still time to register
for the conference!
What is the State of the Field?
The session, “What is the State of the Field?” will be offered at the Forum’s annual conference on Thursday, April 3, at 1:45 p.m. Facilitated by Margaret Wiedenhoeft and the Forum Data Committee, this session will present the Forum Data Committee's recent work, including results and trends of the 2013 State of the Field Survey. Now in its fifth iteration, the State of the Field Survey takes the pulse of the field on major issues, and compares current trends with responses from 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
With a body of data built up over these five surveys, the Forum is able to report on trends and developments in education abroad that provide valuable data to help improve the quality of education abroad programming, to shape the Forum’s research and program agenda, and to inform the projects of Forum committees and working groups.
All conference attendees will receive a copy of the State of the Field Report.
Registration is Now Open for Standards Institute on Health and Safety
Registration is now open for the Standards of Good Practice Institute
, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.” The Standards Institute will be held at the University of Denver on June 20, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Click here
This year’s Institute promises new presenters and new topics for consideration by those concerned with issues of health, safety, security and risk management specific to education abroad. As in previous years, the Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and many of these sessions will be provided by experts in other fields.
A Respectful Response to Sexual Assault
Facilitated by Anthony Antuna (Sexual Harassment Investigator, University of Colorado, Denver)
A sexual assault can be a very traumatic experience. Add to this that the assault occurred in a foreign country with its own laws and societal attitudes toward sexual assault. This session will provide attendees with the tools to provide a dignified and respectful, victim-centered response to sexual assault.
Forum Workshop at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana
The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,
on March 27 at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. This workshop is designed for colleagues who are looking for ways to assess health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including the Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how Standard 8 works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying three different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.
Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor
The Forum seeks experienced professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad
program. Forum Certification Assessors will be rigorously trained to review and evaluate Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
about eligibility, training, duties, and the application process. Applications to become part of the first cohort of assessors are due by April 15.
Why Study Abroad? Ask Michelle Obama
The First Lady is collaborating with CNN iReport
to answer questions about education abroad. Encourage your students to upload video questions, or share stories and photos of their experiences studying abroad. The deadline for submissions is March 17.
*Photo credit: This issue's photo is from College Year in Athens (CYA).