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March 16, 2017

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In this Issue:

Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act Introduced

On March 9 The Forum was informed by the office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that he and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act.  The Act seeks to create a competitive grant program for institutions of higher education to expand study abroad opportunities for U.S. college students. The Forum is listed along with several other associations as a supporter of the bill.
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Annual Business Meeting To Be Held by Webinar

The Forum will convene its Annual Business Meeting for the first time via a webinar on Thursday, May 11 at 12 p.m. EDT. This will allow for greater participation among the membership and provide more time for questions and discussion. The webinar will be recorded so that members who cannot attend will be able to listen to the meeting and view the information presented when it is convenient for them.

Certified Professional Spotlight:
Cara Lane-Toomey

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Cara Lane-Toomey of Where There Be Dragons has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Cara joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.
Congratulations to Cara!

“I enrolled in the Professional Certification program in order to expand and deepen my understanding of The Forum’s Standards. As a participant I found that the program’s assignments greatly increased my confidence in applying the Standards to real challenges that arose in my work at a third-party provider. That growing comfort, coupled with obtaining a clearer vision of how to employ the Standards on a daily basis (rather than only on a strategic level), has proven to be valuable both to me personally and to my organization.”
- Cara Lane-Toomey

13th Annual Conference: Who Will Receive the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award?

Who is this year’s recipient? Be among the first to know by attending the Opening Plenary Event on Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. EDT. The presentation of the Wollitzer Award is a great way to kick off the conference by surprising a deserving colleague and honoring his or her contributions to the field.
Each year The Forum looks forward to presenting the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award at the Annual Conference. The award was established to honor colleagues who have been remarkably effective in influencing educational institutions 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.
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What Is the Primary Assessment-Related Skill With Which You Would Like Help?

A. Identifying goals
B. Selecting tools
C. Survey design and writing
D. Analysis and presentation

New MOOC Available to Support Study Abroad

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Arizona State University, has designed a free online course for internationally-minded faculty, staff, and administrators working in U.S. higher education institutions who would like to increase rates of study abroad participation. This course is also for people who aspire to work in international education and would like an orientation to the field. The Forum is among the leaders in the study abroad field who have contributed resources for the course. For more information, and to enroll, visit: Study Abroad USA: Building Capacity for US Institutions.

Resources for Your Week:
Forum Resources in Higher Education Compliance Alliance

From FERPA to Title IX, from risk management to currency and export controls, education abroad encounters many types of U.S. federal regulation.
The Forum is proud to have its resources included in the Higher Education Compliance Alliance, an online center of information and resources for compliance with federal laws and regulations, developed by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). The Higher Education Compliance Alliance resources can be sorted by topic, regulation or statute, and include reporting requirements and deadlines.
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Upcoming Workshops

Friday, April 7, 2017
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 and 3)
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)  

Friday, April 21, 2017
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Monday, May 1, 2017
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Dates and Deadlines:

Tuesday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 29: Pre-Conference Workshops in Seattle
Wednesday, March 29 - Friday, March 31: 13th Annual Forum Conference in Seattle
Friday, April 7: Deadline for feedback on the Strategic Plan draft
Friday, April 7: Standards Workshops in Bethlehem, PA
Friday, April 7: Deadline to apply for Accelerated Residency in Champaign, IL
Monday, April 10: Submission deadline for Spring issue of The Forum Focus
Friday, April 21: Forum Workshop in Louisville, KY
Friday, April 21: Deadline to apply for Accelerated Residency in Carlisle, PA
Monday, May 1: Forum Workshop in Eau Claire, WI
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