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March 12, 2015
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In this Issue:

The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference
in New Orleans

The Forum is looking forward to its 11th Annual Conference, which is only 2 weeks away! The conference, It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad, will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans, March 25-27, 2015. There is still time to register!
On-site conference registration and check-in will be open during the following hours:
  • Tuesday, March 24:  4-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Conference Quick Links:
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In Memoriam: David Larsen, Founding Board Member and Wollitzer Award Winner

The Forum received the very sad news that David Larsen, a Founding Board Member of The Forum, and Vice President and Director of the Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University from 1988-2008, passed away on March 2. Kathleen Sideli, the first Chair of the Board and first President of The Forum said, “It is hard to imagine The Forum being what it is today without David's leadership and support. He stepped up immediately to serve as secretary and treasurer in the first days of the organization, and served as our 'secretariat' before we had an actual home base. David kept track of membership forms and the dues, along with fielding a string of unending questions about our new organization. He also was essential in getting us incorporated as a legal entity with a set of bylaws.” 
In 2008 David Larsen was the recipient of The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award in recognition of his extraordinarily effective work in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of The Forum’s goals. In the Award citation that she composed in his honor, Lorna Stern, Vice President, Arcadia University, and Executive Director, The College of Global Studies, wrote about Larsen: “Through all the various avenues of service to our field, the nominee has been led by a guiding principle which can best by summed up by the words– ‘Do the right thing.’”
The Forum will remember Larsen at its Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Conference on Friday morning, March 27. A tribute to Larsen appears on the Arcadia University College of Global Studies web site: The Forum extends its sympathy to the Larsen family and the Arcadia University College of Global Studies community.

In Memoriam: Arlene Snyder

The Forum is very sad to report that Arlene Snyder, Director of Health, Safety and Security of The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, passed away on March 5. A respected colleague, Arlene was active in The Forum, presenting at the Annual Conference and regularly at the Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management Standards of Good Practice Institutes. She served on the Committee that rewrote Standard 8 on Health, Safety Security and Risk Management for the revised and updated 4th edition of The Standards of Good Practice. She also served on the planning committee for the 2011 Standards Institute at Northwestern University. The Forum extends its sympathy to the Snyder family and the Arcadia University College of Global Studies community.

Forum Workshop on Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management

The Forum will deliver a workshop, Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), on Thursday, April 9 at Portland State University. Early-bird registration ends tomorrow, March 13.

This Standards of Good Practice workshop will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing an effective risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.
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Workshops on Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum on Education Abroad will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Sunday, April 12 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, immediately before Terra Dotta’s annual user conference. 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.
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On the east coast? The same Clery workshop described above will also be offered at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Monday, May 18.
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Read a New Online Publication:
The Forum Focus

As a service to its members, The Forum has inaugurated a new online publication that provides perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues. The first issue of The Forum Focus includes the following short articles: “Responding to Calls for Regulation of Education Abroad” by Brian Whalen, Forum President and CEO; “The Value Question: Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Education Abroad,” by Forum Vice President for Programs and Resources, Annmarie Whalen; and “New Law Requires Incident Reporting by Minnesota Colleges & Universities,” by Jodi Malmgren, Director of International and Off-Campus Studies, St. Olaf College.
The Forum welcomes responses to the articles, ideas for future topics, and submissions. Please send correspondence and submissions to:


Review and Comment on Proposed Bylaw Changes

Forum Institutional Representatives received a message this week regarding proposed revisions to The Forum’s bylaws. The existing and proposed bylaw changes may be viewed on The Forum website at Comments and questions may be sent to The Forum at
In brief, the bylaws are being updated, as they were also in 2006, to reflect more accurately the structure and operations of The Forum. Overall, the changes are relatively minor and do not change the intent of the existing bylaws in any substantial way. One proposed change is that the details of internal Board operating procedures be moved from the bylaws to the Board Operating Manual. The intent is to allow the Board to adjust its operations as may be necessary to meet future needs without requiring the bylaws to be changed. These operational details will instead be available to members on The Forum web site.
The work of proposing revisions has been undertaken by The Forum Board of Director’s Audit Committee over this past year with input from the full Board, staff, and legal counsel. A session has been scheduled at the Annual Conference in New Orleans to receive feedback and respond to questions. The Board will consider all feedback from the membership to inform any further revision of the bylaws, and it will vote on proposed changes at its July, 2015 meeting. After this meeting the institutional representatives will be asked to vote to adopt the revised bylaws.
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New Format, New Speakers, New Content!

Registration is happening now for the 2015 Standards of Good Practice Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management. This Institute is designed to train teams of professionals (education abroad, risk management, legal counsel, public safety, student life, etc.) from organizations to work together to improve risk management plans through continuous review, practice and assessment. Space is limited, so register now!
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Welcome New Members

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:
Furman University
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rowan University
Union University
University of Rhode Island

Interested in membership:
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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, March 13: Early-bird registration deadline for Portland State University workshop
Wednesday, March 18: Early-bird registration deadline for Milwaukee workshop
Wednesday, March 25:  Pre-conference workshops
Wednesday, March 25-Friday, March 27:  11th Annual Forum Conference in New Orleans
Saturday, March 28: Post-conference workshop on the Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX
Thursday, April 2: Early-bird registration deadline for Standards Institute
Thursday, April 9: Standards workshop at Portland State University
Friday, April 10: Professional Certification Accelerated Residency application deadline
Sunday, April 12: Clery workshop at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

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