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March 17, 2016

In this Issue:

The Forum Releases Groundbreaking Data-Driven Report on Student Deaths Abroad

The Forum has released a landmark report that provides data on student deaths abroad: Insurance Claims Data and Mortality Rate for College Students Studying Abroad.
This Report provides, for the first time, information on the mortality rate for U.S. students studying abroad and compares this rate to the mortality rate for students studying on campuses in the U.S. The key finding of the Report is that college students studying abroad are less likely to die than college students studying on campuses in the U.S. According to Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen, “This Report will be very beneficial to The Forum membership and the field by providing a context by which we can understand the relatively rare occurrence of the death of a student abroad.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an article on the Report and Inside Higher Ed has mentioned the Report in its “Quick Takes” section
The Report should inform legislative efforts that seek to regulate education abroad. For more on these legislative efforts, read President and CEO Brian Whalen’s short article in the latest issue of The Forum Focus.
Annual conference attendees will receive a hard copy of the Report, and the Report will be discussed at a conference session on Friday afternoon, April 8.
Read the Full Report

New Forum Resource: Advocating for Student Safety Abroad

The Forum is pleased to announce a new resource, Advocating for Student Safety Abroad: Working Together at Home and Abroad. This document, developed by a Forum Council Advocacy Committee Working Group chaired by Christina Carroll of Florida State University, provides key talking points about student health and safety abroad intended to be used as a springboard for discussion with parents, students, campus administrators, and the general public. This advocacy tool is intended to assist Forum members to educate others about how the education abroad field strives to help ensure student health and safety abroad. All annual conference attendees will receive a hard copy of this resource, and it will be discussed at a conference session on Friday morning, April 8. Please contact The Forum at if you are interested in additional copies.

Plenary Speaker Announced for the 7th Annual Standards Institute

The Forum is pleased to announce Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Associate Dean in the Office of Global Health at the Medical School of Wisconsin, as the morning plenary speaker at the 7th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.
Dr. Hargarten, an emergency physician, is deeply sensitive to the rapidly evolving nexus of education abroad, public health, and public policy. His talk will address the need to include descriptive and analytical epidemiology in risk management in education abroad. Drawing from his vast experience in the field of public health, including work with the Peace Corps and the U.S. State Department, Dr. Hargarten will demonstrate the value of collaboration between risk management and the public health sciences to implement data-driven risk prevention and mitigation strategies as we send our students around the globe.
Registration for the Institute is now open.
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Members Vote on Forum Bylaw Changes

Forum Institutional Representatives have received a link to vote on the adoption of proposed changes to The Forum’s bylaws as recommended by the Board of Directors. The voting deadline is Monday, March 21. The proposed changes can be reviewed on The Forum’s Website.
If you are the institutional representative for a Forum member institution and have not received the email request to vote, please send an email to

Annual Conference Spotlight: Optional Group Activity at the Center for Civil and Human Rights

On Tuesday, April 5, The Forum’s Conference Coordination Committee will be holding an optional group activity for conference attendees at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. If you are in town and available, please join! Cost is $10/person. Meet at the Center (100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313-1807) at 3 p.m., or meet at the main entrance of the Westin Peachtree Plaza at 2:45 p.m. and we will walk over as a group. Please register here if you plan to attend.

Deadline Approaching for Professional Certification Accelerated Residency in June

The Professional Certification Accelerated Residency Program will be offered in Carlisle, PA, June 13-15. The deadline for applications is April 1. Attend all six Standards of Good Practice Workshops over the course of three days, then return home to complete the Standards Assignments. Accelerated Residency participants have a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with colleagues in a focused, intensive program to advance their professional credentials. Scholarships are available.
It’s a short, intense experience that provides the opportunity to make significant headway in terms of internalizing best practices for the field and incorporating them into one’s own work.
–Past participant
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Standards of Good Practice Workshops at University of Tulsa

On March 31, The Forum will offer the Standards Workshop, Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), at the University of Tulsa. This workshop will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field. Register by tomorrow, March 18.
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Standards of Good Practice Workshops at Colorado College

On April 15, The Forum will host Standards Workshops at Colorado College. The first workshop in the morning will focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) and will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. The afternoon workshop is on Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3), which will help participants bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience. Register for both workshops and save $50!
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Upcoming Workshops

Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics) Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
March 21, 2016
Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies, Glenside, PA
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
March 31, 2016
The University of Tulsa, OK

Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7) & Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Monday, April 11, 2016
University of California, Davis, CA
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice: Emphasis on the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
San Francisco, CA
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) & Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
Friday, April 15, 2016
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice;
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5);
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dates and Deadlines:

Monday, March 21: Standards Workshops in Glenside, PA
Thursday, March 31: Standards Workshop in Tulsa, OK
Friday, April 1: Application deadline for Accelerated Residency in Carlisle, PA
Wednesday, April 6: Pre-conference workshops in Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, April 6 - Friday, April 8: The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference
Saturday, April 9: Post-conference workshop in Atlanta, GA
Saturday, April 9: Fireside Dialogue on Inclusive Excellence
Monday, April 11: Standards Workshops in Davis, CA
Tuesday, April 12: Standards Workshop in San Francisco, CA
Friday, April 15: Standards Workshops in Colorado Springs, CO
Wednesday, April 20: Standards Workshops in St. Cloud, MN
Thursday, April 21: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
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