In this Issue:

Dates and Deadlines

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
 
Tuesday, January 15
Full-day workshop: Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad in Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, January 16
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 5: Student Selection and Code of Conduct

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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Standards of Good Practice Workshop at Georgia Institute of Technology

The Forum is pleased to announce a full-day workshop on the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad to be held on January 15th at Georgia Tech. The Standards provide a means to assess all areas of education abroad programming and offer guidance in how to ensure quality in areas such as academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel, and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, the workshop facilitator will assist the participants in examining their own capabilities at their respective universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive through the use of case studies and the opportunity to discuss the participants’ issues of interest.

For more information on this workshop and to register, click here.




Upcoming Workshops at Dickinson College

Two Forum workshops will be hosted on Wednesday, January 16th at Dickinson College, beginning with a QUIP Peer Review Training workshop in the morning. This workshop is a prerequisite for becoming a Peer Reviewer in the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP). It focuses on the concept of quality improvement for education abroad, the implementation of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice, and the role and responsibilities of the QUIP Peer Reviewer. The workshop details the processes of the different types of QUIP Reviews, including how to analyze the Self-Study Report, conduct Site Visits, and write the Peer Review Report.  Participants will analyze sample Self-Study and Peer Review Reports in breakout groups, then present their analyses for group discussion. Click here for more information and to register for this workshop.
 
Also on January 16th, the Forum is offering an afternoon workshop on Standard 5: Preparation for the Learning Environment. After a very brief overview of the Standards, participants will discuss various models used to prepare students, faculty and staff for both the sojourn abroad and the return home. All registrants for this workshop will be asked to submit descriptions of their current practices ahead of time and these will be shared with the group without attribution. Using Standard 5 as a guide, the different models will be examined as to how they may be adapted to different contexts. Participants should leave the workshop with plans for improved orientation and re-entry models. You may read more about this workshop and register here.




Lunchtime Conversations: Annual Conference in Chicago

The Forum is now accepting suggestions for lunchtime conversation topics for the Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago. Lunchtime conversations offer the opportunity for conference attendees to meet in an informal setting to discuss topics of interest.  The conversations will be held during the conference on Thursday, April 4 from 12-1:30pm. Please send a short description of your proposed topic, along with facilitator names, to conference@forumea.org before Wednesday, December 19.




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 visit www.forumea.org/FiresideDialogues13.cfm for more information.



Request for Credit-Hour Definitions

The Forum requests assistance from member institutions on a project related to the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of a “credit hour,” which will result in a new member resource that offers information and guidance to members.
 
The Department of Education, which oversees federal financial aid programs, has for the first time defined the meaning of “credit hour” for the purpose of awarding Title IV federal aid. The 2012-13 Federal Student Aid Handbook defines a credit hour as:
  1. one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for a semester or trimester hour, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit…or
  2. at least an equivalent amount of work as required in #1 for other academic activities such as laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, or other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
The Forum is researching this issue to gauge its effect on the awarding of financial aid for study abroad, and is looking for a representative sample of schools that have been affected by the new rule.
 
If your institution is reviewing its credit hour requirements, or if your financial aid administrator has concerns about how credit earned on your affiliated study abroad programs is calculated, please contact the Forum at info@forumea.org if you are interested in taking part in a short survey and follow-up questions. 
 
Your participation will assist the Forum in compiling information that will assist other Forum member institutions.




*Photo credit: Antioch Education Abroad program in Kyoto, Japan (student photographer: Zev Blumenfeld)

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