In this Issue:

Dates and Deadlines

Monday, November 19
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 4: Student Preparation for the Learning Environment

Wednesday, December 5 - Friday, December 7
The Forum's First European Conference in Dublin, Ireland
 
Saturday, December 8
Post-conference Fireside Dialogue in Dublin: Issues and Topics for On-Site Resident Directors
 
Friday, December 14
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 5: Student Selection and Code of Conduct
 
Tuesday, January 15
Full-day workshop: Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad in Atlanta, GA

Friday, January 18
Application deadline for Fireside Dialogue in Chicago: Language Learning and Education Abroad

Tuesday, January 22
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 6: Policies and Procedures

Thursday, January 31
Early-bird registration deadline: Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago

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Haven’t Yet Registered?

There is still time to join the more than 340 colleagues currently registered for the Forum’s First European Conference in Dublin. The late registration period will remain open from now through the next month leading up to the conference and on-site registrations will be accepted. The conference, "Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in U.S. Education Abroad," will be held at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, December 5-7.

Register here.




Free Member Webinar on the Standards of Good Practice: Standard 4

The fourth webinar in the “Understanding the Standards of Good Practice” series is scheduled for Monday, November 19 at 11 a.m. (EST). Open to Forum members only, this webinar will cover the content of Standard 4 of the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad on student preparation for the learning environment, and will be facilitated by Michelle Gere, Northwestern University.

“Understanding the Standards” is a time- and cost-effective way to introduce new staff to the Standards, or to refresh the knowledge of current staff.  Each webinar is expected to last one hour. Click here to see the full schedule of webinars in this series.

To register, email: forumeawebinars@dickinson.edu.




Register for the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago

Early-bird registration for the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference, “Moving Beyond It Was Great: Student Learning and Development in Education Abroad,” is now open.  The conference will take place in Chicago, Illinois, April 3-5, 2013 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. More information, including hotel and transportation details, session schedule and pre-conference workshop descriptions, is now available on the website. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also still available to Forum members and can be reserved online.

To register for the annual conference, click here.




Fireside Dialogue: “Language Learning and Education Abroad”

The Forum is pleased to offer a Fireside Dialogue for education abroad professionals and language faculty to be held in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Forum Conference in Chicago, IL in April, 2013. "Language Learning and Education Abroad” will increase participants’ understanding of the role of foreign language learning in education abroad. This Fireside Dialogue will bring together no more than 30 participants, facilitators and thought leaders in an informal setting for in-depth collegial discussion that leads to practical solutions, which participants can put into action. The leaders, representing diverse areas of higher education and language learning, will share their experience and expertise and engage participants in an open, frank dialogue.

Applications to participate in the Fireside Dialogue will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You may apply by submitting this form, or click here for more information.




Contribute to the Curriculum and Teaching Project

The Forum has launched an exciting new initiative to identify best practices in curriculum design and teaching abroad that will help to advance the education abroad field, and we need your help.
The final product will be an online resource center containing a full complement of tools and information, including interviews with faculty who have taught abroad, sample syllabi, course descriptions and program profiles. Once completed, this “Curriculum Cooperative” will prove to be an invaluable resource.
 
We hope that you will be willing to share your experience in education abroad curriculum design and teaching by submitting information via our web interface, or that you will encourage faculty at your institution/organization to do so.  You can read more about the project and access the interface here.
 
All contributors to the project will receive a complimentary copy of A History of U.S. Study Abroad: Beginnings to 1965.




Serving our Members: QUIP as a Consultative Review

Did you know that the Forum offers a consultative review as part of the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP)? QUIP is usually identified with the Comprehensive Review, which is based on higher education accreditation processes and results in recommendations for quality improvement and a formal determination of the organization’s conformity with the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.  However, QUIP includes a total of three different types of reviews, each conducted by trained peer reviewers, that use the Standards of Good Practice as a basis for making judgments and recommendations. One of these types, Guided Strategic Planning, can be customized to fit an institution’s requirements for external reviews and the specific goals and objectives of the institution or organization. To find out how the Forum can meet your institution or organization’s needs for external reviews, contact Annmarie Whalen, whalena@dickinson.edu.




*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Lesley University's Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester.

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