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August 25, 2016

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University of St. Thomas

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13th Annual Conference:
Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsor the lunch plenary at the 13th Annual Forum Conference! During this lunch, recipients of the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad present their research. Over the years, the student presentations have become a much-anticipated event of the annual conference and this sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to have your logo front and center at the event. The sponsor’s logo will be placed on signage and will also be projected on screens prior to the start of the plenary. The sponsor will be acknowledged in opening remarks and representatives from the institution/organization will be invited to sit at reserved tables.
Reserve this Sponsorship

Nominate Your Students for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad. The award (formerly known as The Undergraduate Research Award) recognizes rigorous and significant academic projects that undergraduate students conduct as a part of education abroad programs. Award recipients will be invited to present their work at a plenary luncheon during The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington.
The nomination deadline for the 2016 award is August 31.
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Apply to Become a QUIP Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewers play a critical role in making The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) the only objective, independent review system in education abroad, based on the field’s Standards of Good Practice. Peer Reviewers, who are experienced international education professionals trained by The Forum, assess education abroad operations of organizations participating in QUIP Reviews. These reviewers provide suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement, and make the recommendation of whether the organization is in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
The deadline to apply is September 16.
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University of Limerick Renews Recognition for Meeting Standards of Good Practice

The Forum is very pleased to announce that the University of Limerick recently completed a successful Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) review to maintain its recognition for being in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. UL first earned QUIP recognition in 2008.

The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad is a rigorous process of self-study and peer review that recognizes institutions and organizations for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad while offering suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement.

Congratulations to the University of Limerick!
Welcome New Members:

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:
Key Travel
Marian University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Virginia Wesleyan College
Interested in membership:
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3rd European Conference:
Session Spotlight

Inclusive Excellence in the Global Context
Facilitated by Members of the Inclusive Excellence Working Group
As developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that a community or institution’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of its stakeholders. Join us to discuss the challenges of defining this term across cultures with differing norms, laws, and policies, and to provide feedback on The Forum’s effort to integrate Inclusive Excellence into the Standards of Good Practice.
There is still time to register for the 3rd European Conference!

Certified Professional Spotlight: Kristen Cohen

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Kristen Cohen of Stetson University College of Law has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Kristen 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 Kristen!

Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, August 31
University of Dayton, OH
U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad

Tuesday, October 18
Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)

Thursday, October 20
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)

Monday, October 24
SIT Study Abroad/SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT
Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics)
Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)

Dates and Deadlines:

Wednesday, August 31: Clery, Title IX and VAWA Workshop in Dayton, OH
Wednesday, August 31: Nomination Deadline for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad
Thursday, September 15: Submission Deadline for the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design
Friday, September 16: QUIP Peer Reviewer Application Deadline
Friday, September 30: Forum Trained Facilitator Application Deadline
Friday, September 30: Forum Certification Assessor Application Deadline
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