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March 10, 2016
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Registration for the 7th Annual Standards Institute is Now Open

Registration for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, is now open. The Standards Institute will be held on Thursday, June 23 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. This Institute is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. The practical, hands-on focus will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will assist participants to improve their institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, and incident prevention and response.
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Members Vote on Forum Bylaw Changes

Forum Institutional Representatives have received a link to vote on the adoption of proposed changes to The Forum’s bylaws as recommended by the Board of Directors. The voting deadline is Monday, March 21. The proposed changes can be reviewed on The Forum’s Website.
If you are the institutional representative for a Forum member institution and have not received the email request to vote, please send an email to

Highlight Your Best Practices: Call for Standards Toolbox Submissions

The Standards Committee is seeking new submissions for the Standards Toolbox to support Standard 5: Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Measures. The committee is specifically looking for internal documents that are not publicly accessible, such as overseas staff training materials, student conduct policies, or case studies that focus on misconduct. These examples are invaluable resources to fellow Forum members looking for best practices and ways to improve upon their own policies and procedures in this area.
Submit Now

Certified Professional Spotlight: Stephanie Lovseth

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Stephanie Lovseth of Principia College has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Lovseth 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 Stephanie!

“I really enjoyed the process of certification. The Accelerated Residency program was very valuable in my experience; sharing and collaborating on best practices in the field and receiving an in-depth, focused time to really explore and understand the Standards. I also felt the Standard Assignments pushed me to better internalize the essence of each Standard and how each was/is applicable to my specific education abroad office, as well as to the field as a whole. Bottom line: I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this program, I feel I have significantly benefited from it professionally, and in turn feel substantially more prepared to contribute to my Institution and to the field.”
- Stephanie Lovseth
The next Professional Certification Accelerated Residency Program will be offered in Carlisle, PA, June 13-15. Apply by April 1.

ISA Granada:
Meeting the Standards


This month, The Forum highlights ISA’s Granada Program, which received recognition for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for education abroad in 2009.
Learn about ISA Granada’s QUIP experience

Find out how your organization can earn QUIP recognition

The Forum Focus – March 2016

The March 2016 issue of The Forum Focus is now available. This issue includes the following short articles:
  • “Is Legislation of Education Abroad Necessary?” by Brian Whalen, Forum President and CEO
  • “The Greek Crisis: OXI and Bella Ciao in Syntagma Square,” by Michael Woolf, Deputy President for Strategic Development, CAPA The Global Education Network
  • “Post-Paris Attacks: Education Abroad and the New Normal,” by Joanna Holvey Bowles
  • “Study Abroad: Legal and Operational Guidance Contained within the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad,” by William Hoye, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, & COO, IES Abroad, & Natalie A. Mello,  Vice President, Member Services & Training, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • “From The Forum Board Chair: The Forum Engages in Strategic Planning,” by Mary Anne Grant, President Emerita, ISEP
 The Forum welcomes responses to the articles, ideas for future topics, and submissions. Please send correspondence and submissions to:

Annual Conference Spotlight:
Lunchtime Conversation

Speed-Date with a Higher Education Health, Safety & Security Specialist
Thursday, April 7, 12-1:30 p.m.
Do you have a specific, burning question related to international risk management and The Forum Standard 8? Come to The Forum’s first-ever “speed dating” event with members of Pulse: Higher Education International Health and Safety Professionals. Our pool of experts will staff round tables for specific locations or topics during three 20-minute rotations during lunch. Areas of focus include: Supporting Students with Mental Health Conditions, Mosquito-Borne Disease, Title IX/VAWA, Supporting LGBTQ Travelers, and location-specific student support.
View the schedule of Lunchtime Conversations

Standards of Good Practice Workshops at University of Tulsa

On March 31, The Forum will offer the Standards Workshop, Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), at the University of Tulsa. This workshop will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.
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Standards Workshop with Emphasis on Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad

Hosted by Child Family Health International (CFHI), The Forum will deliver the workshop, Overview of the Standards of Good Practice, on Tuesday, April 12, in San Francisco, CA. Using the Standards as well as the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Program Abroad as benchmarks, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies specific to concerns of educators working with undergraduate health programs.
Register Now
Welcome New Members

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

Monmouth University
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso
Winterline Global Education

Interested in membership:
Join The Forum

Upcoming Workshops

Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & The Code of Ethics) Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
March 21, 2016
Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies, Glenside, PA

Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) & Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
March 24, 2016
Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
March 31, 2016
The University of Tulsa, OK

Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7) & Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Monday, April 11, 2016
University of California, Davis, CA
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice: Emphasis on the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
San Francisco, CA
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) & Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
Friday, April 15, 2016
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice;
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5);
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dates and Deadlines:

Monday, March 21: Standards Workshops in Glenside, PA
Thursday, March 24: Standards Workshops in Miami Gardens, FL
Thursday, March 31: Standards Workshop in Tulsa, OK
Friday, April 1: Application deadline for Accelerated Residency in Carlisle, PA
Wednesday, April 6: Pre-conference workshops in Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, April 6 - Friday, April 8: The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference
Saturday, April 9: Post-conference workshop in Atlanta, GA
Saturday, April 9: Fireside Dialogue on Inclusive Excellence
Monday, April 11: Standards Workshops in Davis, CA
Tuesday, April 12: Standards Workshop in San Francisco, CA
Friday, April 15: Standards Workshops in Colorado Springs, CO
Wednesday, April 20: Standards Workshops in St. Cloud, MN
Thursday, April 21: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
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