In this Issue:
Welcome New Members

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to Standards of Good Practice:

Daemen College

North Dakota State University

QS unisolution GmbH

For more information on joining the Forum, visit: http://www.forumea.org/
memberservices.cfm
Dates and Deadlines
 
Wednesday, February 20
Half-day workshop in Raleigh, NC: Developing and Assessing Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

Friday, March 1
Institutional and Program Resources Survey closes

Thursday, March 7
Full-day workshop at Providence College: Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Protocols and Procedures

Thursday, March 14
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Wednesday, April 3
Standards of Good Practice Institute in Chicago: Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad

Wednesday, April 3 - Friday, April 5
The Forum's Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, IL

Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 6
Post-conference Fireside Dialogue: Language Learning and Education Abroad

Click here for more Forum events.


Explore the Forum Compass at the Standards Institute in Chicago




Attend the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice Institute on April 3 before the Annual Conference and update your knowledge of ethical issues and best practices in the field.

Register for the Institute through your conference registration, or by sending an email request to conference@forumea.org.




Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available for the Ninth Annual Conference

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, including the Opening Keynote Speaker, conference program pages, coffee breaks and the Welcome Reception. The conference is an ideal venue for effective networking and marketing, and this is a great opportunity to provide visibility for your organization while supporting the Forum and its mission. 

Click here to view available sponsorships. Sponsors must be confirmed by March 1. Please direct any questions to Jen Brown, Associate Director for Conferences and Events, at 717-245-1718 or brownj@dickinson.edu.




Standard 8 Workshop at Providence College

The Forum on Education Abroad will host a full-day workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Protocols and Procedures, on Thursday, March 7th at Providence College. This workshop will train participants to assess and improve programs they either operate, or to which they send students, by focusing on issues surrounding health and safety. The goal is to assist participants in developing custom protocols and procedures in accordance with Standard 8 of the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Facilitated by Natalie Mello, the Forum’s Executive Director of Member Services and Training, the workshop will include interactive exercises based on case studies. Participants will discuss different aspects of handling common health and safety concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice support their own program management and goals. Click here for more details, or register now.



Upcoming Forum Workshop at Meredith College

On February 20th, in conjunction with the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America & the Caribbean (AAPLAC) Conference, Meredith College will host a half-day workshop on Developing and Assessing Short-Term Education Abroad Programs in Raleigh, NC. The goals of this workshop are to assist participants in developing short-term programs in accordance with the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs, and to train participants to assess and improve short-term programs they either operate or to which they send students by using the Standards as an assessment tool. Facilitated by Kevin Morrison, Director of Study Abroad and Associate Dean of Global Studies at Elon University, this workshop will include interactive exercises based on case studies. Participants will explore the importance of managing stakeholder expectations, learn how to manage institutional resources in program design and development, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice support short-term program management and goals. Click here for more details on this workshop, or register now.




Nominations Due for Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award honors a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the Forum's goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The award will be presented at the Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on Friday, April 5th.  Previous winners include Jon Booth (2012), Michael Vande Berg (2012), Susan Pugh (2011), James Langridge (2010), David Larsen (2008), R. Michael Paige (2007), and Peter Wollitzer himself.

Click here to read more about the Wollitzer Award. Forum members may submit nominations for the award to conference@forumea.org before Friday, February 15th.




Draft Guidelines for Undergraduate Research Abroad - Now Available for Member Comment

The Forum’s Standards Committee has made available a third set of draft guidelines for member comment: Guidelines for Undergraduate Research Abroad. The product of the working group on Undergraduate Research Abroad, these guidelines have been developed to support undergraduate research abroad and to ensure that the research experience follows best practices of education abroad and of disciplinary research. The document notes that “…by its nature the research setting abroad presents an additional set of concerns and considerations, beyond those of the typical education abroad learning experience, and different from the on-campus research setting.”
 
The document, along with the Draft Guidelines for Health-Related Programs and Draft Guidelines for Language Learning Abroad, are available in the Additional Member Resources section of the Standards Toolbox.





*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from CEA's Study Abroad Program in Granada, Spain.
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