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October 30, 2014

In this Issue:

440 Attend Forum’s European Conference in Barcelona

Gràcies! 440 participants from 18 countries attended The Forum’s Second European Conference at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra last week in Barcelona, Spain; 60% of the attendees were from Europe. Participants engaged the conference theme, What Does it Mean to be a Traditional Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe, in a variety of innovative approaches. Pepe Serra i Villalba’s provocative plenary speech drew parallels in the relation between tradition and change in art and higher education institutions, calling on both to take creative advantage of new opportunities.

Conference session presentations and materials are being uploaded to The Forum website as they become available, and photos will soon be available on The Forum’s Flickr. The Forum awarded 5 travel grants totaling over $2,000 to assist colleagues to attend the conference.

The Forum thanks all of the colleagues who dedicated their time to making the conference a success, including: attendees, session chairs and presenters; the conference committee; the European and Spanish associations that served as host sponsors and co-sponsors; and the host institution, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, especially Jaume Casals, Rector; Josep Ferrer Riba, Vice Rector for International Relations; Sara López-Selga, Director of International Relations; and Lucia Conte, Director of Study Abroad Programs.

A summary of the conference evaluations will be reported next week. Look for a Request for Proposals to host the next European Conference in fall 2016 to be made available soon.

Forum Joins Amicus Brief in Education Abroad Case

The Forum, along with 28 education associations and organizations, has submitted an amicus brief that asks a federal appeals court to reverse a U.S. court’s $41 million decision against the Hotchkiss School. The case could result in the imposition of a liability standard that places an unreasonable burden on education abroad programs to foresee, warn about, and guard against remote or unknowable risks.

The Forum at CIEE

Going to the CIEE Conference in Baltimore? Join us in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about Professional Certification in Education Abroad, the Critical Incident Database, Capacity Reviews, the Curriculum Cooperative and more! The Forum will also be delivering the Overview of the Standards of Good Practice workshop at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, on Tuesday, November 18, the day before the conference. This is a great introduction to the Standards of Good Practice, by the field, for the field, and the first workshop of the Professional Certification Program.
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Two workshops offered in Dublin

Unable to join us at The Forum’s European Conference in Barcelona? The Forum is coming to University College Dublin on Friday, November 21 to offer two interactive and practical workshops for institutions and organizations who send and receive study abroad students. Register for both workshops and receive a $50 discount.
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Register for the 11th Annual Forum Conference!

Early bird registration for The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference is now open! The conference, It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad, will be held March 25-27, 2015, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.

Click here for additional details, including hotel information, available sponsorships and instructions to apply for a conference travel grant. Keep an eye out for the list of sessions, pre-conference workshops and the announcement of the plenary speaker!
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CDC Issues Advice on Ebola and Study Abroad

The Centers for Disease Control has issued advice for education abroad programming in West Africa.  Forum member institutions are encouraged to review this information.

Forum Task Force to Study Proposals to Regulate Education Abroad

The Forum has formed a task force to study two recent proposals calling for the U.S. government to regulate aspects of education abroad programs. The task force includes Forum Board member Paul McVeigh, Council members Lorna Stern and Nick Gozik, and Forum staff. The task force will analyze the proposals to assess their strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations.

The first proposal is a bill that was introduced in the last Congress by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY). The proposed Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act (H.R. 5485) seeks “To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require additional reporting on crime and harm that occurs during student participation in programs of study abroad, and for other purposes.” This proposed federal legislation may be read and commented upon here:

The second proposal is a letter from Senators Gillibrand (D-NY), Franken (D-MN) and Casey (D-PA) to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The letter recommends that the Department of Education take action to “better inform students and their families about safety concerns when studying abroad.” Read the full letter.
The Forum is working with the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange to continue to monitor these proposals. The Forum will report the results of work of the task force and keep member institutions informed of any further developments.

Dates and Deadlines:

November 5: Standards 4 & 5 workshop at MIT
Tuesday, November 18: Standards workshop at Johns Hopkins University
Friday, November 21: Standards workshops at University College Dublin
Friday, December 5: Standards workshop at Suffolk University

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