In this Issue:

Welcome New Members

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to Standards of Good Practice:

Tennessee Board of Regents Office of Academic Affairs

University of Memphis

Austin Peay State University

East Tennessee State University

Tennessee Tech University

Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:

Dates and Deadlines

Tuesday, January 15
Full-day workshop at Georgia Tech: Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

Wednesday, January 16
Half-day workshops at Dickinson College: QUIP Peer Review Training and Standard 4: Preparation for the Learning Environment Abroad

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

Wednesday, February 13
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources

Wednesday, February 20
Half-day workshop in Raleigh, NC: Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

Click here for more Forum events.

Register for the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference

Register for the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference and take advantage of early-bird pricing before January 31st. The conference, “Moving Beyond It Was Great: Student Learning and Development in Education Abroad,” will take place in Chicago, Illinois, April 3-5, 2013 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
More information, including hotel and transportation details, session schedule and pre-conference workshop descriptions, can be found on the conference website.

Standards Institute: "Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad"

In conjunction with the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference, the Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad,” will be held on April 3rd. This Standards Institute is dedicated to identifying and understanding education abroad ethical issues and will help participants improve their institutional and organizational strategies for ethical operations within education abroad. Click here for more details.
You may register for the institute by including it in your conference registration. Add it to your existing registration by sending an email request to

Standards of Good Practice Workshop at Georgia Institute of Technology

The Forum is holding 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: QUIP Peer Review and Standard 4

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.

Also on January 16th, the Forum is offering an afternoon workshop on Standard 4: Preparation for the Learning Environment Abroad. 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 4 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. 
For more information on these workshops and to register, click here.

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 through January 18th. You may apply by submitting this form, or visit for more information.

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: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The award will be presented at the Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on Friday, April 5th.  Previous winners include Jon Booth (2012), Michael Vande Berg (2012), Susan Pugh (2011), James Langridge (2010), David Larsen (2008), R. Michael Paige (2007), and Peter Wollitzer himself.

Click here to read more about the Wollitzer Award. Forum members may submit nominations for the award to before February 15th.

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from the University of Minnesota, MSID Ecuador in Quito.

Copyright © 2013 The Forum on Education Abroad, All rights reserved.