In this Issue:
Professional Certification
in Education Abroad

Learn More about the Forum’s Professional Certification Program:

Due to popular demand, the Forum has scheduled additional webinars to provide more information about the new Professional Certification program. Webinars are open to everyone and are scheduled for Wednesday, February 26 at 12 noon (EST) and Friday, March 7 at 12 noon (EST).

To participate in one of these webinars, go to the Certification home page and click on the appropriate link to sign up.
 

Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor:

The Forum seeks experienced professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program.

Forum Certification Assessors will be responsible for the review of Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Once selected, Forum Certification Assessors will be rigorously trained to evaluate Standards Assignments reliably and consistently based on established criteria. This vital service will aim to assure quality education abroad and improve the field as a whole.

Learn more about eligibility, training, duties, and the application process. Applications to become part of the first cohort of assessors are due by April 15.
 

For more information on the Forum’s new Professional Certification in Education Abroad program: www.forumea.org/
ForumCertification.cfm

 
Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, February 21
Deadline to submit session proposals for the 2014 European Conference in Barcelona, Spain
 
Wednesday, February 26
Webinar on the Forum's Professional Certification in Education Abroad program
 
Thursday, February 27
Full-day workshop in Indianapolis: Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad
 
Friday, February 28
Deadline for Forum members to submit nominations for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award
 
Wednesday, March 5
Full-day workshop at Claremont McKenna College: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Friday, March 7
Webinar on the Forum's Professional Certification in Education Abroad program
 
Wednesday, March 12
Full-day workshop at Boston College: US Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad
 
Thursday, March 27
Full-day workshop at St. Mary’s College in Indiana: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
 
Wednesday, April 2 – Friday, April 4
The Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference: New and Emerging Paradigms in Education Abroad

Tuesday, April 15
Deadline to submit application to become a Forum Certification Assessor

Click here for more Forum events.
 

Second European Conference: Session Proposal Deadline is Tomorrow

The deadline for submitting session proposals for the Forum’s Second European Conference is tomorrow, February 21. The conference, What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe, will be held in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25, 2014 and hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The Forum encourages submissions from international education and faculty colleagues with experience in U.S. education abroad in Europe.

Read the full Call for Proposals for more information. Conference details will be posted at www.forumea.org/Barcelona2014.cfm as they become available.

 
 

Call for Nominations: Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award honors a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the Forum's goals. The award will be presented at the Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego, CA on Friday, April 4th.  Previous winners include Liam Ó Dochartaigh (2013), Jon Booth (2012), Michael Vande Berg (2012), Susan Pugh (2011), James Langridge (2010), David Larsen (2008), R. Michael Paige (2007), and Peter Wollitzer.

Click here to read more about the Wollitzer Award. Forum members may submit nominations for the award to conference@forumea.org by Friday, February 28.

 
 

Register for the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference

The Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference, “New and Emerging Paradigms in Education Abroad,” will be held in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, 2014. Hear what Sheila Bayne of Tufts University likes most about the Forum’s annual conference and her advice for first-time attendees:



Click here to register! Regular registration rates will be available until March 7, after which late fees will apply.

 
 

Forum Workshop on the West Coast: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Claremont McKenna College will host a full-day Forum workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing custom protocols and procedures in accordance with Standard 8 of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. The workshop includes interactive exercises, much discussion and an opportunity to create and critique different aspects of emergency action protocols. Participants will discuss different aspects of handling common health and safety concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice support their own program management and goals.
 
Click here to register.

 
 

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

The Forum and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) will deliver a full-day workshop, US Legislation Packs a Suitcase: the Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Boston College. This workshop addresses 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. Expert presenters from both the Forum and NACUA will provide answers to participants’ questions about the new legislation, the obligations of education abroad professionals, and how we can build a culture of reporting and compliance.

Click here to register.

 
 

Forum Workshop on Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, on March 27 at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. This workshop is designed for colleagues who are looking for ways to assess health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including the Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how Standard 8 works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying three different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.

Click here to register! Early-bird registration rates end on February 28.

 
 

Registration Opens Tomorrow for Standards Institute on Health and Safety

Registration for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,” will open tomorrow, February 21. The Standards Institute will be held at the University of Denver on June 20, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.This Institute is being offered for the fifth time and is again dedicated to the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. The practical, hands-on focus will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will assist participants to improve their institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, and incident prevention and response.

Click here for registration information.

 
 

Input Submitted for the Negotiated Rulemaking on Clery Act and Addition of Violence Against Women Act Terms

The U.S. Department of Education announced negotiated rulemaking with the purpose of creating rules and guidance regarding the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. Negotiated rulemaking is the process used by federal agencies to negotiate the terms of a proposed administrative rule.
 
Since this rulemaking process could also include anything related to the Clery Act, including its application to education abroad, the Forum asked its members for comment and feedback about the Clery Act as well as suggestions on how to improve its application to education abroad.  We thank those members who took the time to craft comments.
 
Comments were collected and submitted last week.

 
*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Salisbury University, Ecuador program with CEDEI.

 
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