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April 9, 2015
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CYA (College Year in Athens)

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In this Issue:

New Study Abroad Branch Announced at Forum Annual Conference

Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan announced in her plenary remarks at The Forum’s Annual Conference the creation of a new Study Abroad Branch within the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Read the full text of the Assistant Secretary’s remarks at:

Save the Date: The Forum’s 3rd European Conference to be Held in Athens, Greece

The Forum is pleased to announce that its 3rd European Conference will be held October 12-15, 2016 and hosted by CYA (College Year in Athens) in Athens, Greece. The conference theme, Call for Proposals, and more detailed information will be available later this year. The Forum extends its thanks to all institutional members and colleagues who responded to the request to host the European Conference.

Nominations Invited for Election to the Forum Council

Nominations are now being collected for colleagues who can dedicate their time and provide their expertise by serving on The Forum Council. The Forum Council is the elected body of colleagues that sets the agenda for and carries out many of The Forum’s initiatives that benefit The Forum membership. Council members are elected to a three-year term, and are eligible to serve two terms.
The Forum Council seeks to engage diverse representatives from education abroad and higher education to represent the breadth of The Forum’s membership on the Council. In seeking nominations, the Council is particularly interested in nominees from underrepresented institutions and demographics.
To learn more about The Forum Council and to nominate yourself or someone you know, please visit:

Evaluation of Member Relations and Communications

The Forum is conducting a survey to evaluate how it communicates with members about Forum resources and services and to collect feedback on its communications and online presence. Information collected will be used to improve member relations and communications.
Institutional representatives from each member institution have received a request to complete the survey. If the institutional representative someone from your institution or organization did not receive the survey link, you may send an email to to request it.

Register for the 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

The 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management is designed to train teams of professionals (education abroad, risk management, legal counsel, public safety, student life, etc.) from organizations to work together to improve risk management plans through continuous review, practice and assessment. Experts will provide realistic training to teach effective ways to respond to emergencies. Participants will leave with the skills and resources needed to lead crisis planning training at their organization.

The Standards Institute will be held on May 30, immediately following the annual NAFSA conference. This year’s Institute has been restructured and will feature a new format, new content and new speakers. Sending a team from your organization is not required but strongly encouraged!
Learn More & Register

Professional Certification Accelerated Residency

The Forum is hosting an Accelerated Residency Program in Carlisle, PA, June 22-24. 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. The application deadline is tomorrow, April 10. Scholarships are available.

Call for Annual Conference Committee Volunteers

Are you interested in serving on the conference committee for The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta in 2016? If so, let us know!
The Forum’s Annual Conference Committee works closely with The Forum staff in deciding on the conference theme, creating the Call for Proposals, and reviewing session proposals to create the content of the conference. The selection of proposals is expected to take place in late-August, 2015. Conference committee members contribute via e-mail and teleconference with no face-to-face meetings required. 
The deadline for receiving expressions of interest is April 24, 2015. The selection of committee members is based in part on representing the diversity of The Forum’s membership.
Volunteer Form

Reminder to Complete Evaluations for the 11th Annual Conference

The Forum would like to remind all attendees of the 11th Annual Conference in New Orleans to complete the online conference evaluation if you have not already done so! The evaluations for sessions and pre-conference workshops are also still open. Feedback from participants is very much appreciated and will be used to refine and improve the content and presentation of future Forum conferences and events.

Workshops on Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum on Education Abroad will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Sunday, April 12 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, immediately before Terra Dotta’s annual user conference. Co-sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), this workshop will address implications for education abroad as a result of recent federal activity: the Violence Against Women Act; Title IX and the revision to the Handbook for the Clery Act.
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On the east coast? The same workshop described above will also be offered at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Monday, May 18.
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Welcome New Member

The Forum welcomes the following institutional member committed to the Standards of Good Practice:
Université Internationale de Rabat
Interested in membership:
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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, April 10: Professional Certification Accelerated Residency application deadline
Sunday, April 12: Clery workshop at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Friday, April 24: Deadline for conference committee volunteers
Monday, May 18: Clery workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey
Saturday, May 30: 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

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