Tenth Annual Conference
The Forum is looking forward to its Tenth Annual Conference
, which is only 2 weeks away! Hear from Brian Whalen, Forum President and CEO, on this year’s exciting milestone:
The conference, “New and Emerging Paradigms for Education Abroad,
” will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, 2014. Registration
is still open!
What is the State of the Field? Learn More at the Forum Conference
The Forum’s State of the Field Survey is hot off the press and will debut at the Annual Conference. Now in its fifth iteration, the State of the Field Survey takes the pulse of the field on key issues, and compares current trends with those from past surveys. All conference attendees will receive a copy of the State of the Field Survey, and may learn more by attending the following session:
What is the State of the Field?
Facilitated by Margaret Wiedenhoeft and the Forum Data Committee Thursday, April 3 (1:45 – 3 p.m.)
Is There a Gender Bias in Salaries in the Education Abroad Field?
A recently completed analysis by the Forum suggests that yes, there is. In 2012, the Forum conducted an Institutional and Program Resources survey on current practices in education abroad. The Gender Bias and Salaries report analyzes that data by examining gender-based discrepancies in salaries for education abroad professionals. The analysis reveals that there is a potential gender bias in education abroad salaries. To learn more, read the report online
, or pick up a copy at the Forum conference, and attend the following session:
Education Abroad Data on Women and Leadership: Empowering Women and Men to Change the Numbers in the Field
Facilitated by Sarah E. Spencer, Lisa Donatelli and Sarah Groskeutz, Friday, April 4 (10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Registration is Now Open for Standards Institute on Health and Safety
Registration is now open for the Standards of Good Practice Institute
, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.” The Standards Institute will be held at the University of Denver on June 20, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
This year’s Institute promises new presenters and new topics for consideration by those concerned with issues of health, safety, security and risk management specific to education abroad. As in previous years, the Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and many of these sessions will be provided by experts in other fields.
to register! Early-bird registration ends on May 2.
Standard 8 Workshop: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols
Wake Forest University will host a full-day Forum workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols
, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing custom plans and protocols in accordance with Standard 8 of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
. The workshop includes interactive exercises, much discussion and an opportunity to create and critique different aspects of emergency action protocols. 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.
Upcoming Forum Workshops in Florence, Italy Count Towards Certification
The Forum on Education Abroad will deliver two half-day workshops at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, on Tuesday, May 8, 2014. In the morning, participants in the workshop, Overview of the Standards, 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. The workshop in the afternoon will focus more specifically on Standard 6, Policies and Procedures, and Standard 7, Organizational and Program Resources. Through discussion and analysis of case studies participants in this workshop will explore how these two Standards can assist an organization in attaining more effective use of resources through the proper implementation of policies. These are both Forum Certification Workshops
to register for one or both of these workshops.
Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor
The Forum seeks experienced professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad
program. Forum Certification Assessors will be rigorously trained to review and evaluate Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
about eligibility, training, duties, the 2014 training dates and the application process. Applications to become part of the first cohort of assessors are due by April 15
Institutions Receive QUIP Interim Recognition
The Forum is pleased to announce that the following institutions submitted an interim report and have been recognized for continuing to be in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice, and for demonstrating a continued commitment to quality improvement:
- Foundation for International Education
- Freie Universitat Berlin-FUBiS
- Spanish Studies Abroad
- University of Limerick
For more on the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program, visit www.forumea.org/quip-index.cfm
Curricular Development and Academic Design Committee Seeks New Members
This Forum committee is seeking individuals to serve on and revitalize the committee. Self-nominations and nominations of other individuals who have experience with curricular development or academic design in education abroad may be sent to the Chair (Steven Duke, firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Vice-Chair (Joan Gillespie, email@example.com
) using the nomination form found here
*Photo credit: This issue's photo is from Lesley University's GLASS program.