Critical Issues to be Addressed at the Forum’s Standards Institute
State regulation of study abroad? Increased number of travel warnings? How to vet program providers?
These issues have attracted media attention, and ours, in recent days. If your institution or organization is proactive about considering these and other significant issues, then it is vitally important to attend the 5th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute on "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management." The Institute will be held at the University of Denver in Colorado on June 20, 2014, immediately preceding NACUA's Annual Conference
Institute Session Spotlight:
Establishing Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies to Prepare for Programs in Higher Risk Countries
Kim Coyne (University of Michigan); Dru Simmons (Ohio State University); Representative from Overseas Security Advisory Council
The risk assessment process is a critical element for student safety, especially for educational programs in countries with a higher potential for civil unrest and political instability. Establishing successful partnerships within institutions and with appropriate organizations is an essential step in the risk assessment and management process.
Don’t miss the opportunity to be where risk assessment and other critical issues are discussed in depth. Click here
Forum Workshops at the University of Denver
The Forum will deliver two half-day workshops on Thursday, June 19, at the University of Denver in Colorado. The morning workshop
will focus on Standards 4 and 5 of The Standards of Good Practice
: Student Preparation for the Learning Environment Abroad, Returning Student Support, Student Selection and Code of Conduct. The afternoon workshop
will focus on Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management. Both of these workshops are Forum Certification Workshops.
The Standards of Good Practice Institute
, “Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,” will be held on the following day, June 20, at the University of Denver. Colleagues may register for one or both of the workshops, or may add them to their registration for the Standards Institute. Click here
for more details.
Last Call for Forum Council Nominations
The Forum Council invites nominations for election to the Council, the elected body of colleagues that sets the agenda for and carries out many of the Forum’s initiatives that benefit the Forum membership. The position description for Forum Council members is available here
Five positions on the Council are open this year. In seeking nominations, the Council is particularly interested in nominees from underrepresented institutions and demographics including but not limited to nominees from community colleges, non U.S.-based institutions and organizations, young and midcareer professionals, minority-serving institutions, and institutions with diverse student populations.
For further information serving on the Forum Council or nominating yourself or a colleague, see http://forumea.org/whoweare-forumcouncil.cfm
The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 23
. 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.
AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection Celebration
On Wednesday the Forum honored those involved in establishing the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection at a special event in the Archives of Dickinson College. Representatives from AIFS, the AIFS Foundation, Dickinson College, and the Forum on Education Abroad met with several donors who have made sizeable contributions to the Special Collection. Selected historical materials were displayed, and donors shared stories about the items they had submitted to the Collection. Guests included: Forum Board Chair Barbara Rowe; Dickinson Provost Neil Weissman; Paul Watson, Executive Director of Study Abroad at AIFS; Melanie French, Executive Director of the AIFS Foundation; Jim Gerencser, Dickinson College Archivist; and Michael Monahan, Associate Provost for Global Education at Dickinson. Donors attending included Jon Booth, Bill Hoffa, Marv Slind, and Mickey Slind. Other guests included Forum and Dickinson college staff.
One of the many highlights of the Collection is a video interview with Lily von Klemperer, conducted in 1988 by Tom Roberts of IFSA-Butler. View a short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU2LdGtFDME
2014-15 Forum Membership Renewal
Next week, all Forum members will receive membership renewal invoices via email. The Forum is pleased to announce that, for the sixth consecutive year, membership dues have not increased. Although payment is not due until August, members may opt to pay before the end of the current fiscal year.
If interested in pursuing membership for your institution or organization, go to www.forumea.org/memberservices.cfm
for more information.
*Photo credit: This issue's photo is from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire: ISEP program in Ghana.