In this Issue:
Dates and Deadlines

Friday, May 24
Forum Council nominations are due
Saturday, June 1
Session Proposal Deadline for Standards of Good Practice Institute: Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad
Deadline for submitting courses to the Curriculum Cooperative to be considered for the Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design
Tuesday, June 4
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 9: Ethics and Integrity
Monday, June 10
Regular registration deadline for Standards of Good Practice Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
Thursday, June 20
Standards of Good Practice Institute in Santa Barbara, CA: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

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Session Spotlight: Standards Institute on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Essential Eligibility Criteria, ADA and Mental Health
Frances Turner Mock, Esq., Charles Morse (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
College student surveys indicate that between 30-50% of students have a diagnosable mental health condition and these students are likely to become more symptomatic when exposed to the inherent stress associated with study abroad experiences. Study abroad professionals can address mental health concerns at various points in the experience; preventatively during the application and orientation process and acutely in response to issues as they arise. This session will explore the use of Essential Eligibility Criteria under the ADA, other methods for creating a productive exchange of information with students, the benefits and limitations of those systems, and suggestions for how to approach mental health issues.
The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management," will be held on June 20 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Click here to register!

Deadline for Forum Council Nominations is Today

The deadline for submitting Forum Council nominations is today, Friday, May 24. For more information, go to:

Free Member Webinar on the Standards of Good Practice: Standard 9

The ninth and final webinar in the “Understanding the Standards of Good Practice” series has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 at 12 p.m. (EDT). Open to Forum members only, this webinar will cover the content of Standard 9: Ethics and Integrity, and will be facilitated by Rob Hallworth, Director of Study Abroad at The George Washington University.

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First-Ever Special Collection of Education Abroad Historical Materials

The Forum on Education Abroad, in partnership with Dickinson College, the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), and the AIFS Foundation announce the creation of the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection within the Archives and Special Collections Department of Dickinson College.
The purpose of the special collection is to collect, preserve and make available for research primary and secondary materials relating to the history and development of U.S. education abroad, from its beginnings until and including the 1990s. The collection will be utilized by graduate and doctoral-level students and scholars of international education and is expected to include:
  • materials relating to the development of education abroad as a professional field within U.S. higher education;
  • materials relating  to specific education abroad programs of historical importance, such as those established early in the history of the field, or the first programs established in a particular geographic location or programs related to a particular academic discipline or topic;
  • correspondence, photographs, meeting agendas or minutes, or other material that provide meaningful and significant information about any aspect of the history and development of U.S. education abroad.
To read the press release and more details about the Special Collection, please visit:

2013-14 Forum Membership Renewal

This week, Forum members have received membership renewal invoices via email. The Forum is pleased to announce that, once again, there is no increase in membership dues for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. While payment is not due until August, sending invoices now gives members the flexibility to pay early if they choose.

Annual Conference Videos Are Now Available!

Video footage from the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, held April 3-5, 2013, is now available on the Forum’s YouTube channel. View videos of Liam Ó Dochartaigh’s acceptance of the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award, as well as presentations by the two Undergraduate Research Award winners: Mary Jane Dempsey and Ellen Broen. Photos from the conference are also available via the conference webpage.

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from CET Academic Programs.
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