In this Issue:

Welcome New Member

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

University of the Arts - London

For more information on joining the Forum, visit: http://www.forumea.org/
memberservices.cfm


Dates and Deadlines

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

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

Click here for more Forum events.



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 today, 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.

Visit www.forumea.org/FiresideDialogues13.cfm for more information. To apply, submit this form by the end of the day today, January 18th.




The Forum’s Critical Incident Database: Beta-testing Stage

The Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to announce the next stage of development of the Critical Incident Database (CID). The CID is now available for beta-test by members to track critical incidents involving students abroad in advance of the launch of the final version of the CID later this year. Beta-test members will be asked to use the CID to collect and manage essential incident information for their programs and students abroad. In addition, the tool serves as a method for tracking required information on incidents that should be reported for a member’s Annual Security Report as required by the Department of Education in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act). Members wishing to beta-test this new tool are asked to contact Natalie Mello (mellona@dickinson.edu) directly. Beta-testing will begin Monday January 28, 2013 and will end Friday April 26, 2013. Beta-testers will be asked for feedback regarding the ease of use and usefulness of the tool. That feedback will be used to refine the tool before being made available to members at large in August of 2013.




2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey

Next week, all Forum members will receive an email invitation to participate in the 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey. A project of the working group on Strategic Alliances, Infrastructure and Resources (STAIR), the survey collects further data on education abroad administration (advising and program management) that includes workload, salaries, and job descriptions. The topics being surveyed are critical to understanding current practices in education abroad, and are not addressed by any other organization.
 
This data collection effort has two parts. Each Institutional Representative will receive a link to survey questions on administrative and management practices at their institution or organization.  In addition, every colleague associated with a Forum member institution/organization will receive a link to another set of questions, which gather information about individual workload and job descriptions. The Forum will analyze the data gathered and share preliminary results at the Forum’s annual conference in Chicago in April, 2013. The data will also be used by the Forum Standards, Outcomes, and Data committees as they continue to develop resources for members.




Upcoming Forum Workshops

The Forum will offer two workshops in the coming months.  On February 20th, in conjunction with the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America & the Caribbean (AAPLAC) Conference, Meredith College (Raleigh, NC) will host a half-day workshop on the Standards of Good Practice on Developing and Assessing Short-Term Education Abroad Programs. On March 7th, Providence College in Providence, RI will host a full-day workshop: Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Protocols and Procedures. More details on these upcoming workshops and links to register can be found at http://www.forumea.org/events.cfm.




Free Member Webinar on the Standards of Good Practice: Standard 6

The sixth webinar in the “Understanding the Standards of Good Practice” series is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 at 11 a.m. (EST). Open to Forum members only, this webinar will cover the content of Standard 6: Policies and Procedures, and will be facilitated by Jessica DuPlaga, Director of Off-Campus Studies at the College of Wooster.

“Understanding the Standards” is a time- and cost-effective way to introduce new staff to the Standards, or to refresh the knowledge of current staff.  Each webinar is expected to last one hour. Click here to see the full schedule of webinars in this series.

To register, email: forumeawebinars@dickinson.edu.




Ninth Annual Forum Conference: Early-Bird Registration Deadline

There are only two weeks left to register for the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference at the early-bird registration rate. Take advantage of the discount before it ends on January 31st, after which regular registration rates will apply. The 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. Learn more about the conference here.

Register now




*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Lesley University's Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester.

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