In this Issue:
Welcome New Members
 
The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to Standards of Good Practice:

Mercer University

Spring HIll College

The Wordsworth Trust

For more information on joining the Forum, visit: http://www.forumea.org/
memberservices.cfm





Dates and Deadlines

Monday, March 25
Registration opens for Standards of Good Practice Institute in June: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Wednesday, April 3
Standards of Good Practice Institute in Chicago: Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad

Wednesday, April 3 - Friday, April 5
The Forum's Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, IL

Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 6
Post-conference Fireside Dialogue: Language Learning and Education Abroad
 
Monday, May 6
Full-day workshop at Providence College: Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Wednesday, May 8
Full-day workshop in Austin, TX: Code of Ethics for Education Abroad and the Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
 
Thursday, May 9
Half-day workshop in Florence, Italy: Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources

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Tweet about the Ninth Annual Forum Conference!

The Forum is looking forward to next week’s Annual Conference, “Moving Beyond It Was Great: Student Learning and Development in Education Abroad.” The conference will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, IL, April 3-5, 2013. Follow @ForumEA on Twitter as we tweet on-site, and join in on the conference discussion using #ForumEA13!




Registration is Now Open for Standards Institute on Health and Safety

Registration is now open for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,” being held at the University of California, Santa Barbara on June 20, 2013.
 
This year’s Institute promises new presenters and new topics for consideration by those concerned with issues of health, safety, security and risk management specific to education abroad. As in previous years, the Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and many of these sessions will be provided by experts in other fields. More details and a description of the sessions can be found here.
 
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Upcoming Forum Workshop in Austin, Texas

Academic Programs International (API) will host a full-day Forum workshop, "Code of Ethics and Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs," on Wednesday, May 8th in Austin, Texas. This workshop is designed to assist participants in understanding and applying the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, by using the Standards of Good Practice for Short Term Education Abroad Programs along with the Code to focus specifically on issues surrounding ethics and integrity. It will include interactive exercises during which participants will explore the importance of managing stakeholder expectations, discuss different aspects of handling common ethical concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice and the Code of Ethics support program development, management and goals. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include education abroad staff members, education abroad advisors, faculty program leaders, department chairs, and colleagues who manage campus internship programs and volunteer offices.
 
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Workshop on Standard 7 in Florence, Italy

On May 9th, the Forum on Education Abroad will host a workshop on Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources in Florence, Italy. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Human Resources and Capital Development in Education Abroad conference co-hosted by Syracuse University in Florence and Gonzaga University in Florence. President and CEO of the Forum, Brian Whalen, will facilitate the workshop and provide a review of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, focusing on Standard 7. Using case studies and the latest data collected by the Forum’s 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey, participants will examine current institutional practices in assessing and managing resources. Professionals who may benefit from attending this workshop include resident directors and on-site staff, education abroad coordinators and directors, education abroad advisors, and faculty who lead programs.
 
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U.S. Government Now Granting Licenses for Cuba to Program Provider Organizations

The Forum learned at a meeting with U.S. State Department officials earlier this month that education abroad program provider organizations that have applied for licenses to operate academic programs in Cuba will have their applications acted upon very soon. One program provider organization has already been granted a license. The Forum believes that there are 10 or more organizations that have applied for such licenses, and most have waited almost two years for a decision on their applications.
 
Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen commented, “Up until this point, only colleges and universities had been granted licenses, and applications from education abroad program provider organizations had not been acted upon. This change in policy is welcome news.”
 
The Forum has been a strong advocate for a policy change that would grant education abroad program provider organizations licenses. “The efforts of Forum colleagues who have helped to advocate on behalf of our program provider organization members have paid off, and will result in more opportunities for students to study in Cuba,” said Whalen.
 
To read more, see:
http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/03/25/
breakthrough-study-abroad-cuba

 
http://chronicle.com/article/Independent-Study-Abroad/
138143/?cid=at
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