Highlights from the Ninth Annual Forum Conference!
More than 1,400 colleagues participated in the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference
in Chicago, April 3-5. According to Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen, “The conference was a great success in the way that
it encouraged a high level of discussion and debate about student learning and development. The presenters, facilitators and speakers did a marvelous job of provoking thoughtful reflection about the conference theme.”
delivered the opening plenary address
, “What Do We Know Now, and Where Do We Go from Here?” on Wednesday evening, by offering an assessment of how far the education abroad field has come in documenting student learning abroad, and how much more needs to be done.
Other highlights from the conference included this year’s award winners. The Peter A. Wollitzer Award
was presented on Friday morning to Liam Ó Dochartaigh
, former Director of International Education at the University of Limerick. Enda Carroll, Centre for Study Abroad Manager at University College Dublin, read the citation honoring Ó Dochartaigh, which is now available to read
. Later in the afternoon, the lunch plenary featured presentations by the Undergraduate Research Award
winners, Mary Jane Dempsey
of The College of New Jersey and Ellen Broen
of the University of Richmond.
Conference session materials are being posted on the Forum website as they become available: Thursday Sessions
and Friday Sessions
. Session presenters are reminded to submit their presentations and handouts for posting as soon as possible.
The Forum sincerely appreciates the efforts of the many individuals, committees and organizations that helped make the Ninth Annual Conference an astounding success:
Call for Proposals: Standards Institute on “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad”
The Forum on Education Abroad announces a call for session proposals
for its first Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad.” This Institute will be held at the University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, on November 19, 2013.
This Standards Institute is dedicated to identifying and understanding an array of approaches to curriculum design and teaching in education abroad, and assisting participants to understand how to develop and improve their own education abroad curricula and enhance disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching. Plenary and concurrent sessions will bring together professionals in instructional design, education abroad faculty and administrators and highlight innovative ways in which Standard 3: Academic Framework
may be applied to achieve excellence in curriculum design and teaching.
The goals of the Institute are to:
Deepen knowledge and understanding of Standard 3: Academic Framework of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad;
Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet this Standard by analyzing what the Standard requires and sharing examples of best practices;
Explore pedagogical approaches from within as well as beyond the field of education abroad;
Evaluate and enhance the academic aspects of participants’ education abroad programs for the benefit of all involved with or impacted by them.
Proposals must be submitted by June 1, 2013
. For more information, and to submit a proposal, click here
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,
” being held at the University of California, Santa Barbara
on June 20, 2013.
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. More details and a description of the sessions can be found here
Upcoming Forum Workshop in Austin, Texas
The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, Code of Ethics and Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
, on Wednesday, May 8th in Austin, Texas. Hosted by Academic Programs International (API)
, this workshop is designed to assist participants in understanding and applying the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad
, by using the Standards of Good Practice for Short Term Education Abroad Programs
along with the Code
to focus specifically on issues surrounding ethics and integrity. It will include interactive exercises during which participants will explore the importance of managing stakeholder expectations, discuss different aspects of handling common ethical concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice
and the Code of Ethics
support program development, management and assessment. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include education abroad staff members, education abroad advisors, faculty program leaders, department chairs, and colleagues who manage campus internship programs and volunteer offices.
for more details, or register now
. Registration is limited!
Workshop on Standard 7 in Florence, Italy
On May 9th, the Forum on Education Abroad will deliver a workshop on Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources
in Florence, Italy. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Human Resources and Capital Development in Education Abroad conference
co-hosted by Syracuse University in Florence
and Gonzaga University in Florence
. President and CEO of the Forum, Brian Whalen, will facilitate the workshop and provide a review of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
, focusing on Standard 7. Using case studies and the latest data collected by the Forum’s 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey, participants will examine current institutional practices in assessing and managing resources. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include resident directors and on-site staff, education abroad coordinators and directors, education abroad advisors, and faculty who lead programs.
for more details on this workshop, or register now
Advocacy Alert: Congressional Support for International Education and Foreign Language Studies
The Forum encourages its members to contact their congressmen in support of restoring funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s International Education and Foreign Language Studies programs. Please urge House Members to submit their requests for funding in the Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill for FY 2014 to Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston (R-GA) by April 22.
Please urge Senators to submit their requests for funding in the Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill for FY 2014 to Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (I-IA) by April 26.
Suggested Message to Congressmen:
“Please support the Department of Education's FY 2014 budget proposal for HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays: 'International Education and Foreign Language Studies' of $80.938 million in your request to the House (or Senate) Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations this year. These programs have sustained a disproportionate 44% reduction since FY 2011. A gradual restoration of funding in FY 2014 is critical because the nation’s premier Title VI language, area, and international business national resource centers and fellowships will compete for the next cycle of 4-year grants. Additional funding will help safeguard the infrastructure that serves as the cornerstone of our nation's international knowledge and expertise, important to our national security and economic competitiveness, as well as increasing the global competencies of all students.”