In this Issue:
Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, August 8
Early-bird registration deadline for workshop at Wheaton College (IL): Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Friday, August 15
Early-bird registration deadline for workshops at Hobart & William Smith Colleges: Standard 8 and Standards 2 & 3

Monday, August 18
Workshop at Dartmouth College: US Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad
Friday, August 22
Deadline to submit session proposals for the Eleventh Annual Conference in New Orleans

Thursday, September 4
Workshop at Wheaton College (IL): Overview of the Standards of Good Practice

Monday, September 15
Deadline to submit courses to be considered for the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

Early-bird registration deadline: The Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona

Wednesday, September 17
Workshops at Hobart & William Smith Colleges: Standard 8 and Standards 2 & 3

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Call for Participants: The Forum-New York Times in Education Digital Resource Center

Is your institution or organization interested in participating in a groundbreaking project to develop a one-of-a-kind education abroad resource? The Forum is now accepting applications from its member institutions to develop the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center. Institutions/organizations chosen for this project will be able to assign selected faculty and staff full access to the unparalleled resources of during the 2014-15 academic year. The full range of The New York Times resources will be made available: news, opinion and analysis in all content areas, searchable according to a program’s location and discipline, and in various media. Users will be able to draw on a wide range of material in the development of their courses and programs, including daily news briefs; political analysis and editorials on contemporary issues; book, film, art, and music reviews; and food and travel resources.
Participants in the project will share their experiences in applying these materials, which will aid in the development of the Digital Resource Center, which is expected to provide a user-friendly interface for faculty, staff and students with customized guidance on how to use The New York Times for education abroad as well as best practice examples of how to apply these resources to advance student learning during pre-departure, on-site and re-entry education abroad programming.
For more information, and to apply, please visit:


Draft of Revised Standards Available for Member Comment

The Standards Committee is pleased to make available exclusively to members the draft of the revised Forum Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad for review and comment. Over the past 10 years, The Forum has been accumulating input from its members on content areas to be addressed by Standards, and this newest draft aims to continue to capture and reflect that content in a more concise and accessible format.
All institutional representatives have received an email with more information, and the draft is now available in the Standards Toolbox. Please submit comments and suggestions to by September 15.


Network with European Colleagues!

Take advantage of the many opportunities for networking at The Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona: receptions, luncheons and coffee breaks, as well as ample time in the evenings to convene with colleagues. Conference sessions will also feature The Forum’s signature format of collegial dialogue and lively exchange of ideas through attendee participation.
The conference, “What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe,” will be held October 23-25, 2014, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Early-bird registration pricing is available through September 15. Register now!


Forum Workshop at Wheaton College (IL): Overview of the Standards

Are your education abroad programs and practices in line with The Standards of Good Practice? Find out by participating in the Forum’s half-day workshop, Overview of the Standards of Good Practice, on Thursday, September 4, at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Participants will use the Standards as a guide in examining their own institutions’ capabilities and in determining how to ensure quality in areas such as academic programming, student conduct, resources, personnel, policies and procedures.
Register now!


Forum Workshops at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Looking for ways to assess your health and safety protocols? Wrestling with how to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience? On Wednesday, September 17, The Forum will deliver two half-day workshops at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to address these concerns. The first workshop will focus on Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management. In the afternoon, the second workshop will address Standards 2 and 3: Academic Framework, Student Learning and Development.
Register for both workshops and receive a $50 discount off the total cost. Early-bird registration ends tomorrow, August 15. Click here to register!


Forum Workshop at Augsburg College: Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Monday, September 29 at Augsburg College. 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.
Take advantage of early-bird pricing and register by September 1.


Apply to Be a Forum Trained Facilitator

The Forum invites experienced colleagues to apply to become a member of The Forum Trained Facilitator Team that delivers the Standards of Good Practice workshops. These workshops are a primary way that the field’s Standards of Good Practice are disseminated as part of The Forum’s mission as the Standards Development Organization for Education Abroad. Many of the workshops also form the basis of the new Professional Certification program. As part of their training, facilitators are expected to become certified by completing the Professional Certification program. Becoming a Forum Trained Facilitator is an important way to give back to the field, as well as to advance your own professional development. Facilitators are chosen based on their education abroad experience and skills, and their demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Standards of Good Practice.
For more information, and to apply, visit


Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Call for Course Submissions

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design honors an individual or group of individuals at a Forum member institution or organization for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. All courses submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative by September 15, 2014 will be considered for award. View the award criteria here, and please share with any colleagues who may be eligible.
The Curriculum Cooperative is an online resource center where colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. The Cooperative contains education abroad course and program profiles, as well as video and text interviews with faculty and administrators, sample syllabi, and more.


Annual Membership Dues

All members should have received invoices for payment of 2014-15 membership dues. The deadline for payment is August 29. Questions? Contact Michael Landis, Associate Director of Finance, at or call 717-245-1031.

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