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October 16, 2014
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Sant'Anna Institute

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In this Issue:

Guidance on New Minnesota Law

Over the past year, The Forum has been actively supporting its member institutions in Minnesota as they met with state legislators regarding a bill pertaining to study abroad. That bill was signed into law in late May of this year. While the precise implementation of the bill is still being worked out, enough is known at this point to inform Forum member institutions of its nature and its implications. Guidance on the New Minnesota Law is now available on The Forum website.

New Federal Legislation Introduced

In addition to the new Minnesota law, there is proposed legislation at the Federal level. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) is sponsoring the proposed Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act (H.R. 5485) with the following stated purpose: “To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require additional reporting on crime and harm that occurs during student participation in programs of study abroad, and for other purposes.” This proposed legislation shares aspects with but goes well beyond what is required by the Minnesota law. The proposed federal legislation may be read and commented upon here:
The Forum is currently studying this proposed legislation in order to learn more about its purpose and proposed requirements. It is also working with The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange to monitor and provide input on the legislation. The Forum will report updates to its members as the legislative process unfolds.


Annual Report Available

The Forum’s 2013-14 Annual Report is now available! Learn about the many activities, initiatives, accomplishments, and the people who have made them happen! View the Annual Report.


Forum Workshop at MIT: Standards 4 & 5

The Forum will deliver its half-day workshop on Standards 4 and 5, Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support, on Wednesday, November 5 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Topics will include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models and strategies to improve existing practices in participants’ specific contexts.
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Johns Hopkins University to Host Standards Workshop

Are your education abroad programs and practices in line with the Standards of Good Practice? Find out by participating in The Forum’s half-day workshop, Overview of the Standards of Good Practice, on Tuesday, November 18, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, prior to the CIEE Conference. Participants will use the Standards as a guide in examining their own institutions’ capabilities and in determining how to ensure quality in areas such as academic programming, student conduct, resources, personnel, policies and procedures.

If you are attending the CIEE conference, transportation from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront to Johns Hopkins University will be provided for this workshop. Please note this on your registration.
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The Forum’s Second European Conference is Next Week!

The Forum looks forward to joining European and U.S. colleagues in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25. The Forum’s Second European Conference, What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe, will be hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, on its Ciutadella campus. There is still time to register!
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It is not too late to register for Pre-Conference Workshops

Plan to arrive in Barcelona a few days early and participate in The Forum’s pre-conference workshops on October 22 and 23. Workshop topics include an overview of the Standards of Good Practice, mission and ethics, student learning and development, and health and safety. Colleagues may sign up for workshops via the conference registration, or add workshops to existing registrations by sending an email to

Last Chance to Comment on Draft of the Revised Standards

The draft of the revised Forum Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad is now available for public review and comments. The Forum invites anyone with interest in the draft revisions to review and submit feedback to by tomorrow, October 17.
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Institutions Chosen for
The New York Times Pilot Project

Six Forum member institutions have been selected to participate in the pilot project that will assist in the development of the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center, a collaboration between The Forum and The New York Times in Education. The institutions are: Drexel University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University; New York University; and Yale University.
These institutions will be assigning education abroad students, and faculty and staff involved in education abroad, full access to the resources of to enhance education abroad curriculum design, teaching and learning. Mark Scheid, President and CEO of IFSA-Butler, commented, “IFSA-Butler looks forward to enhancing our students' learning overseas by helping them view, simultaneously, international events through the lens of a world-class U.S.-based online resource and local views of those same events in their study-abroad destinations.”
Participants in the project will share their experiences in applying these materials, which will aid in the development of the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center. The Center is expected to provide a user-friendly interface for faculty, staff and students with customized guidance on how to use The New York Times for education abroad as well as best practice examples of how to apply these resources to advance student learning during pre-departure, on-site and re-entry education abroad programming.

Dates and Deadlines:

October 17: Deadline to submit feedback on the draft of the revised Standards
October 22 - October 23: Pre-conference workshops in Barcelona, Spain
October 23 - October 25: The Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona, Spain
November 5: Standards 4 & 5 workshop at MIT
Tuesday, November 18: Standards workshop at Johns Hopkins University

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