Lilli Engle, Opening Plenary Speaker at Ninth Annual Forum Conference

In this Issue:

Dates and Deadlines

Tuesday, January 15
Full-day workshop at Georgia Tech: Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

Wednesday, January 16
Half-day workshops at Dickinson College: QUIP Peer Review Training and Standard 4: Preparation for the Learning Environment Abroad

Friday, January 18
Application deadline for Fireside Dialogue in Chicago: Language Learning and Education Abroad

Tuesday, January 22
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 6: Policies and Procedures

Thursday, January 31
Early-bird registration deadline: Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago

Tuesday, February 5
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 5: Student Selection and Code of Conduct

Wednesday, February 13
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 7: Organizational and Program Resources

Wednesday, February 20
Half-day workshop in Raleigh, NC: Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

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Ninth Annual Conference: Opening Plenary

The Forum is pleased to announce that Lilli Engle will give the Opening Plenary Address at the Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago. Active in international education since 1980, Lilli was raised in Europe and the U.S. where she completed an M.A. and Ph.D. coursework in comparative literature at UCLA. As an educator and administrator, Lilli has designed numerous cross-cultural programs for both U.S. students and international business professionals and has taught in both French and American university settings. In 1993 she co-founded and now directs the American University Center of Provence (AUCP) in Aix-en-Provence & Marseille, France. Lilli was also elected to the Forum Council in the first group of members.
Engle’s address, “What Do We Know Now, and Where Do We Go From Here?” will be delivered on Wednesday evening, April 3, prior to the Welcome Reception. After a brief inventory of the significant research to date, this keynote will call into question some of the tacit agreements which have shaped our field. In the hope of stimulating a creative response to newly perceived challenges, the talk will explore what ultimately lies at the heart of what we do, highlight the forces that undermine our efforts, and propose alternate agreements that open the way towards more coherence, less consumerism, and greater effectiveness in learning abroad.
The Ninth Annual Conference, “Moving Beyond It Was Great: Student Learning and Development in Education Abroad,” will take place in Chicago, Illinois, April 3-5, 2013 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Register now and take advantage of early-bird pricing, which ends on January 31st. More information, including hotel and transportation details, session schedule and pre-conference workshop descriptions, can be found at

Application Deadline for Fireside Dialogue: “Language Learning and Education Abroad”

Applications to participate in the Forum’s next Fireside Dialogue that will be held in conjunction with the annual conference in Chicago are being accepted through January 18th. "Language Learning and Education Abroad” will increase participants’ understanding of the role of foreign language learning in education abroad. This Fireside Dialogue will bring together no more than 30 participants, facilitators and thought leaders in an informal setting for in-depth collegial discussion that leads to practical solutions, which participants can put into action. The leaders, representing diverse areas of higher education and language learning, will share their experience and expertise and engage participants in an open, frank dialogue.

Applications to participate are due January 18th. You may apply by submitting this form, or visit for more information.

Standards Institute: “Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad”

In conjunction with the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference, the Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad,” will be held on April 3rd. This Standards Institute is dedicated to identifying and understanding education abroad ethical issues and will help participants improve their institutional and organizational strategies for ethical operations within education abroad. Click here for more details.
You may register for the institute by including it in your conference registration. Add it to your existing registration by sending an email request to

Upcoming Workshops at Dickinson College: QUIP Peer Review and Standard 4

Two Forum workshops will be hosted on Wednesday, January 16th at Dickinson College, beginning with a QUIP Peer Review Training workshop in the morning. This workshop is a prerequisite for becoming a Peer Reviewer in the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP).  It focuses on the concept of quality improvement for education abroad, the implementation of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice, and the role and responsibilities of the QUIP Peer Reviewer.  The workshop details the processes of the different types of QUIP Reviews, including how to analyze the Self-Study Report, conduct Site Visits, and write the Peer Review Report.  Participants will analyze sample Self-Study and Peer Review Reports in breakout groups, then present their analyses for group discussion.

Also on January 16th, the Forum is offering an afternoon workshop on Standard 4: Preparation for the Learning Environment Abroad. After a very brief overview of the Standards, participants will discuss various models used to prepare students, faculty and staff for both the sojourn abroad and the return home. All registrants for this workshop will be asked to submit descriptions of their current practices ahead of time and these will be shared with the group without attribution. Using Standard 4 as a guide, the different models will be examined as to how they may be adapted to different contexts. Participants should leave the workshop with plans for improved orientation and re-entry models. 
For more information on these workshops and to register, click here.

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Boston University, Grenoble Language and Liberal Arts Program.

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