Plenary Speaker Announced for Health & Safety Institute
The Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to announce that Deb Ajango, owner and director of SafetyEd: Safety Education for Outdoor and Remote Work Environments, is the lunchtime plenary speaker
at this year’s 5th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
. Her talk, “Performing Under Pressure: Improving Performance and Decision-making in Leaders and Students,” will provide audience members with an understanding of how the brain works under pressure, and how people tend to react, both cognitively and behaviorally, in stressful situations. By using case studies and citing research, Deb will describe how training can and does influence one's response. She will also offer suggestions on how one might modify his or her organizational emergency action plan so that desired behaviors are more likely.
The Standards Institute will be held at the University of Denver on June 20, 2014, in Denver, Colorado, immediately preceding NACUA's Annual Conference
for the Institute now and take advantage of the early-bird registration rate, which ends on May 2
Free Webinar for New Forum Members
The Forum invites its new members to participate in a free webinar, A Member’s Orientation to the Forum: Programs, Projects, Services and Benefits,
scheduled for Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12 p.m. (EDT). Facilitated by Forum staff, this webinar will describe the benefits of membership and introduce ways to get involved in the Forum’s work. We welcome new members and new colleagues to participate, as well as anyone else from a Forum member institution interested in refreshing their knowledge of what the Forum has to offer.
Standard 8 Workshop: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols
Wake Forest University will host a full-day Forum workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols
, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing custom plans and protocols in accordance with Standard 8 of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
. The workshop includes interactive exercises, much discussion and an opportunity to create and critique different aspects of emergency action protocols. Participants will discuss different aspects of handling common health and safety concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice
support their own program management and goals.
The 2013 Forum State of the Field Survey Report Now Available!
Now in its fifth iteration, the Forum’s State of the Field Survey
takes the pulse of the field on key issues and trends. The 2013 report presents data from the latest survey, places it in the longitudinal context of previous surveys, and discusses the implications for education abroad practice and policy. Key findings were in the areas of funding for students, program funding, and assessment.
The 2013 State of the Field Survey Report was distributed to all annual conference attendees and is available on the Forum website at www.forumea.org/StateoftheField.cfm
New Tools for Outcomes Assessment and Research
Responses to the 2013 State of the Field Survey indicate that assessment of education abroad outcomes remains a challenge. The Forum’s Outcome Assessment and Research Committee recently launched an online set of tools to assist Forum members in addressing these challenges. Forum members may access the Outcomes Assessment Toolbox by going to www.forumea.org/member/OARtoolbox.cfm
and signing in with their Forum login credentials.
Forum Council: Call for Nominations
The Forum Council invites nominations for election to the 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. Five positions on the Council are open this year, and the Forum welcomes nominations from colleagues who can dedicate their time and expertise. Council members are elected to a three-year term, and are eligible to serve two terms. A position description for Forum Council members is available here
If you are interested in serving on the Forum Council or wish to nominate a colleague, please submit the following in support of your nomination:
- a description of the qualifications of the candidate and their interest, referencing specific ways in which they would contribute to the Forum’s goals and projects;
- a curriculum vitae;
- full contact information.
Please send these materials, or any questions, to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 23, 2014. The Council Nominations Committee will assemble a slate of candidates and the Forum Council election will be held by e-mail ballot in mid-June. Results will be announced in the Forum News.
Forum Participates in Conference on Internationalization of U.S. Education in the 21st Century
Forum staff, Council and Board members participated in a panel on education abroad at a research conference on April 11-13 in Williamsburg, VA that focused on the future of international and foreign language studies. The event brought together leaders in academic, K-12 education, business, government and the NGO sectors to identify and reach consensus on national policy directions needed to ensure that U.S. educational institutions and other stakeholders are well positioned to address the future global competence needs of the U.S.
The conference was co-sponsored by the College of William and Mary and the Coalition for International Education.
Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Council member and chair of the Data Committee, stated: “The speakers and comments made at this meeting reinforced the value of education abroad as a catalyst for creating active and engaged U.S. citizens. We all benefit when students study a new language and participate in opportunities designed to challenge biases they may not have realized they had. The Forum’s presence at the Conference reinforced our commitment to support advocacy efforts of colleagues in area studies and critical languages, as well as underscoring the importance of Fulbright and Title VI funding for promoting exchange and research opportunities for students.”
Paul McVeigh, a member of the Forum Board of Directors, commented: “From a very broad perspective the very thoughtful and timely meeting laid bare some of the principal disconnects between and among government funding policy, national needs, and realities within international education. While on one hand this is healthy and suggests the way forward, at the same time it revealed immense critical challenges such that I have to wonder whether government and for that matter higher education can address them sufficiently.”
Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen, who chaired the education abroad panel, said that “the Forum will continue to support the goals of the Coalition for International Education and be active in these efforts to prioritize national needs and to recommend policies that advance the goals of education abroad.”
Information about the conference, including research papers and session reports, is available here: http://www.wm.edu/offices/revescenter/internationalization/
Reminder to Complete Annual Conference Evaluations
The Forum would like to remind all attendees of the Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego 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.
*Photo credit: This issue's photo is from Dickinson College.