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April 16, 2015
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In this Issue:

11th Annual Conference Evaluations

The Forum thanks its 11th Annual Conference attendees for completing evaluations and providing feedback about the quality of the conference. The response rate was 32%, and the vast majority of respondents expressed strong satisfaction. The 2016 Conference Committee and Forum staff will carefully review the evaluations and use them to plan next year’s conference in Atlanta.

"This was my first conference and I thought it was very well done. The sessions were well done, and the combination of panels and round tables was great. I walked away with some really good tips that I can incorporate at my home school."

"A great conference for a first-timer."

"I was thoroughly impressed. Excellent conference!"

"Overall, I had a wonderful experience. I found the sessions to be engaging and the information to be valuable. I left the conference feeling motivated and 'ready' to implement new ideas. So far, the return seems well worth the investment, and I hope to be able to attend more Forum events in the future."

Do You Know How to Get Involved in The Forum?

Hundreds of dedicated colleagues volunteer their time and expertise and contribute to The Forum each year. There are many ways to get involved in The Forum to help advance its mission to improve the quality of education abroad. You can contribute by hosting a workshop, joining a committee, making nominations for awards and elections, submitting entries to the Curriculum Cooperative, or proposing a project or idea. There are many other opportunities for you to become involved to help shape the education abroad field!
Learn more about the opportunities available.

New Volume of Frontiers Journal Now Available

The newly-published volume of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad (XXV, Spring 2015) is now available online. The articles in this volume cover a wide range of topics that challenge and increase our understanding of education abroad, from groundbreaking theory and outcomes assessment to reflections on U.S. students abroad and a survey of the research literature of international service learning.

As of July 1, the Frontiers Journal will be published and owned by The Forum.
Welcome New Members

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:
Lipscomb University
Fort Hays State University
Pittsburg State University
Interested in membership:
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Standards Institute to Feature Expert Presenters in Crisis Planning and Management

The Forum's 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, will be held on Saturday, May 30 at MIT, immediately following the NAFSA conference.
The event 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. It will feature expert presenters in the field of crisis planning and management, and participants will leave with the skills and resources needed to lead crisis planning training at their organization.
Learn More & Register

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:

Forum Workshop in New Jersey: Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Monday, May 18 at Ramapo College of New Jersey. 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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Standards of Good Practice Workshops at UW-Madison

Two Forum workshops will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin Madison on Monday, June 8. In the morning, join the Standards workshop on Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3) and bring into line the best academic intentions with meaningful education abroad experiences. The second Standards workshop will be offered in the afternoon and will focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5). Register for both workshops and save $50!
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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, April 17: Deadline to submit Forum Council nominations
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
Monday, June 8: Standards Workshops at UW-Madison
Friday, June 12: QUIP Peer Reviewer application deadline

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