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September 29, 2016

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The Forum’s 3rd European Conference
is Next Week!

The Forum’s 3rd European Conference is next week! The conference, Living Change: Education Abroad in 21st Century Europe, will be hosted by CYA in Athens, Greece, October 5-7. There is still time to register!
On-site check-in and registration will take place at the following times and locations:
  • Wednesday, October 5:  12-5 p.m., AC1 Antigoni, CYA Academic Center
  • Wednesday, October 5: 5:15-8 p.m., Proteus Hall, Aegli Zappiou
  • Thursday, October 6: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Olympia Foyer, Aegli Zappiou
  • Friday, October 7: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Olympia Foyer, Aegli Zappiou
Conference Quick Links:  Join CYA, host of the 3rd European Conference, for special events: Thematic Walks of Athens (October 3-5) and an Open House (October 6). Click here for more information.

The Forum Announces New Board Members

The Forum Board voted unanimously to welcome two new Board members: Donna Scarboro and Thomas Buntru. Scarboro is Associate Provost for International Programs at George Washington University and Buntru is Director of International Programs at Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico. Chair of the Board Mary Anne Grant commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Donna Scarboro and Thomas Buntru to the Forum Board of Directors. Both Donna and Thomas are seasoned professionals in international education with a deep commitment to education abroad and student international mobility. They bring strong strategic skills to The Forum and will contribute immensely to the current strategic planning process and will be great assets to The Forum leadership.”

Forum Supports Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act

The Forum, along with NAFSA and several other associations, pledged its support of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act that was reintroduced in Congress last week by U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). The bipartisan bill envisions greatly expanding study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students.

The Forum Partners with 32 NCSI to Develop Assessment Tool

The Forum is very excited to inform members of a new online self-assessment tool that will provide an additional way for an organization to assess its health, safety, security and risk management practices. The project is a collaboration between The Forum and 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI), a flagship program of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV). U.S. college and university members are being asked to test this tool by completing a survey and participating in a follow-up focus group discussion. Member participation will assist in the refinement of this tool before it debuts in early 2017. Forum institutional representatives of U.S.-based colleges and universities should watch their inbox for more information about participating in this project.
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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. Assessors will be rigorously trained to review and evaluate 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.
The deadline to apply is tomorrow, September 30.
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Contribute to the Field: 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. 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. As part of their training, facilitators are required to become certified by completing the Professional Certification Program.

The deadline to apply is tomorrow, September 30.
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The Forum Collaborates with IIE and ACA in Upcoming Seminar

The Forum will collaborate with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to offer its expertise in a seminar to be held in Brussels on October 13. Sponsored by the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), the full day seminar, Crisis management in international higher education, will feature Forum representative Erin Wolf, the International Risk & Insurance Analyst at The University of Texas System.
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Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, October 18
Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)

Thursday, October 20
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)

Monday, October 24
SIT Study Abroad/SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT
Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics)
Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)

Friday, November 4
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
Monday, November 14
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad


Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, September 23: Member Orientation Webinar
Friday, September 30: Forum Trained Facilitator Application Deadline
Friday, September 30: Forum Certification Assessor Application Deadline
Monday, October 3-Wednesday, October 5: Pre-Conference Workshops/Accelerated Residency
Wednesday, October 5-Friday, October 7: 3rd European Conference in Athens, Greece
Saturday, October 8: Post-Conference Workshop: After the Paris Attacks
Thursday, October 13: ACA Seminar, Crisis management in international higher education
Tuesday, October 18: Standards Workshops in Media, PA
Thursday, October 20: Standards Workshops in Greencastle, IN
Monday, October 24: Standards Workshops in Brattleboro, VT
Friday, November 4: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
Monday, November 14: Forum Workshop in Bozeman, MT
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