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June 23, 2016

In this Issue:

Forum Convenes the 7th Annual Standards Institute

Thursday morning, a record breaking number of colleagues gathered in Evanston, IL for Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, the field’s signature annual event focusing on education abroad risk management issues. Education abroad professionals gather each year at this Standards Institute to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices of education abroad risk management, including regulatory compliance.  The event was kicked off by a wonderful plenary address by Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Associate Dean in the Office of Global Health at the Medical School of Wisconsin. This year’s Institute is being hosted by Northwestern University and has attracted more than 120 participants.

Update on The Forum’s Strategic Planning

The Forum’s Strategic Planning Team is pleased to report that its work is well underway. The Strategic Planning Team formed research groups tasked with gathering data in the following areas:  “Mission, Vision, and Values,” “Stakeholders and Resources,” “The Environment,” and “Market, Products and Services, and Core Competencies.” In April and May, each research group reached out to education abroad professionals, seeking a range of perspectives on the topics. In late May, the Strategic Planning Team met in Denver and discussed these preliminary research findings.

In the next phase, the Strategic Planning Team will debrief The Forum Council and The Forum Board of Directors at a joint meeting in mid- July. The meeting will be an opportunity for in depth discussion.

Please watch the Forum News for announcements regarding webinars where you can learn more about the strategic planning process.

How does education abroad impact career decision-marking and vocation identity? Read Frontiers to find out.

In “The Impact of Study Abroad Experiences on Vocational Identity among College Students,” Kronholz and Osborn investigated the impact of the education abroad experience on vocational identity and career decision-marking variables among 106 undergraduate students. Using a mixed-methods approach and quantitative and qualitative measures, they found an increase in self-knowledge, a better understanding of the connection between self-knowledge and career options, and more position thoughts regarding their outlook on career options among students who have studied abroad. Learn about this and more in the latest volume of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal Abroad.
Read Volume XXVII now

Forum Membership Dues

Invoices for the 2016-17 membership dues have been sent to all institutional representatives. The deadline for payment is July 31, and invoices may be paid during this fiscal year. 

If there has been a change in the institutional representative at your institution, or if you wish to add an additional person who should receive a copy of the invoice, please contact Mike Landis by e-mail at or by telephone at 717-245-1031.

If your institution or organization is not currently one of the nearly 800 members of The Forum, please consider joining!  If your organization joins, each person at your organization receives the benefits of membership!
Membership Information

Sponsorships and Exhibit Opportunities Now Available

Sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities are now available to all Forum members for the 13th Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. The conference will be held at the Westin Seattle, March 29-31, 2017.

Sponsorships are an excellent way to show your organization’s support of The Forum’s mission. All sponsors and exhibitors will be recognized in the conference brochure, program and on The Forum website, providing maximum exposure.

Nominate Your Students for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad. The award (formerly called the Undergraduate Research Award) recognizes rigorous and significant academic projects that undergraduate students conduct as a part of education abroad programs. Award recipients will be invited to present their work at a plenary luncheon during The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington. Nominations should highlight not only the high quality of the student’s academic achievement, but also the significance that the international context played in the student’s academic project and personal, academic, and career development. Nominations are now open and will be accepted until August 31, 2016. Winners will be announced during International Education Week in November.
For more information and to nominate a student, Click Here

First Professional Certification Accelerated Residency Offered in Europe

The Forum will offer a Professional Certification Accelerated Residency Program in Athens, Greece, October 3-5, prior to this year's European Conference.  All six Standards of Good Practice Workshops will be offered over the course of three days; participants 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. The Accelerated Residency is open to all colleagues who are currently enrolled in the Professional Certification Program and new applicants who apply by August 1.  Scholarships are available.
Welcome New Members

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

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
The National Society of High School Scholars
University of Dundee

Interested in membership:
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Upcoming Workshops

U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
University of Dayton, OH

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, July 15: Early-bird registration ends for the 3rd European Conference in Athens
Friday, July 22: Early-bird registration ends for Clery, Title IX, and VAWA Workshop in Dayton, OH
Monday, August 1: Deadline to register for Accelerated Residency in Athens, Greece
Friday, August 19: Session/Workshop Proposal Deadline for the 13th Annual Conference
Wednesday, August 31: Clery, Title IX and VAWA Workshop in Dayton, OH
Wednesday, August 31: Nomination Deadline for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

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