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March 24, 2016
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Nominations Invited for
Forum Council Election

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, an elected body of 15 colleagues, works collaboratively with Forum staff to produce member programs, services and benefits. 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 a colleague, please visit:

Insurance Claims Report to Be Discussed at Annual Conference

A session will be held at the 12th Annual Conference to discuss The Forum’s groundbreaking report that provides data on student deaths abroad: Insurance Claims Data and Mortality Rate for College Students Studying Abroad. Annual conference attendees will receive a hard copy of the Report, and it will be discussed at a conference session on Friday afternoon, April 8.
The Report provides, for the first time, information on the mortality rate for U.S. students studying abroad and compares this rate to the mortality rate for students studying on campuses in the U.S. The key finding of the Report is that college students studying abroad are less likely to die than college students studying on campuses in the U.S.

Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Register for the 7th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management. The Standards Institute will be held on Thursday, June 23 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. This Institute is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. The practical, hands-on focus will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will assist participants to improve their institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, and incident prevention and response.
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Deadline Approaching for Professional Certification Accelerated Residency in June

The Professional Certification Accelerated Residency Program will be offered in Carlisle, PA, June 13-15. The deadline for applications is April 1. Attend all six Standards of Good Practice Workshops over the course of three days, then return home to complete the Standards Assignments. Accelerated Residency participants have a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with colleagues in a focused, intensive program to advance their professional credentials. Scholarships are available.

It’s a short, intense experience that provides the opportunity to make significant headway in terms of internalizing best practices for the field and incorporating them into one’s own work.
–Past participant
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The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta

The Forum is looking forward to its 12th Annual Conference, which is only 2 weeks away! The conference, Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad, will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA, April 6-8. There is still time to register!
On-site conference registration and check-in will be open during the following hours:
  • Tuesday, April 5:  4-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 8:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Standards of Good Practice Workshops at University of Tulsa

On March 31, The Forum will offer the Standards Workshop, Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), at the University of Tulsa. This workshop will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available, workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.
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Standards Workshop with Emphasis on Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad

Hosted by Child Family Health International (CFHI), The Forum will deliver the workshop, Overview of the Standards of Good Practice, on Tuesday, April 12, in San Francisco, CA. Using the Standards as well as the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Program Abroad as benchmarks, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies specific to concerns of educators working with undergraduate health programs.
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Upcoming Workshops

Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
March 31, 2016
The University of Tulsa, OK

Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7) & Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Monday, April 11, 2016
University of California, Davis, CA
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice: Emphasis on the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
San Francisco, CA
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) & Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
Friday, April 15, 2016
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice;
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5);
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, March 31: Standards Workshop in Tulsa, OK
Friday, April 1: Application deadline for Accelerated Residency in Carlisle, PA
Wednesday, April 6: Pre-conference workshops in Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, April 6 - Friday, April 8: The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference
Saturday, April 9: Post-conference workshop in Atlanta, GA
Saturday, April 9: Fireside Dialogue on Inclusive Excellence
Monday, April 11: Standards Workshops in Davis, CA
Tuesday, April 12: Standards Workshop in San Francisco, CA
Friday, April 15: Standards Workshops in Colorado Springs, CO
Wednesday, April 20: Standards Workshops in St. Cloud, MN
Thursday, April 21: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
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