European Conference: Early-Bird Registration
Don’t delay – early-bird registration
rates for The Forum’s Second European Conference
will end on August 27
! The conference, “What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe,” will be hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25, 2014.
Plan to arrive in Barcelona a few days early and participate in The Forum’s pre-conference workshops
. Colleagues may sign up for workshops via the conference registration
. Interested in Professional Certification
? Take advantage of the workshop offerings and certify your knowledge of The Standards of Good Practice
Sponsorships and Exhibit Opportunities for the 11th Annual Conference
Sponsorship, exhibit, and advertising opportunities are now open to all Forum members for the 11th Annual Conference
in New Orleans, LA. The conference, “It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad,” will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans, March 25-27, 2015.
Sponsorships are an excellent way to show your organization’s support of the Forum’s mission. All sponsors and exhibitors will be recognized in the conference brochure, program and on the Forum website, providing maximum exposure. For more information or to take advantage of these opportunities, click here
Don’t forget – session proposals
for the annual conference are also being accepted! The deadline to submit proposals is August 22
Forum Workshop at Wheaton College (IL): Overview of the Standards
Are your education abroad programs and practices in line with The Standards of Good Practice
? Find out by participating in the Forum’s half-day workshop
, Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
, on Thursday, September 4, at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.
Participants 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. Although open to all colleagues, this workshop also serves as a module for colleagues who are enrolled, or considering enrollment, in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program
Forum Workshops at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Looking for ways to assess your health and safety protocols? Wrestling with how to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience? On Wednesday, September 17, The Forum will deliver two workshops at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to address these concerns. The first workshop will focus on Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
. In the afternoon, the second workshop will address Standards 2 and 3: Academic Framework, Student Learning and Development
Register for both workshops and receive a $50 discount off the total cost. Although open to all colleagues, these workshops also serve as modules for those who are enrolled, or considering enrollment, in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program
Two New Members Join The Forum Board of Directors
Enda Carroll, Associate Director, Center for Study Abroad at University College Dublin, and John Lucas, Provost at World Learning, SIT, were recently elected to The Forum’s Board of Directors. Board Chair Barbara Rowe commented, “Enda and John bring very valuable experiences and perspectives to the Forum Board that will serve us very well as The Forum moves into the future.” For a full listing of Board members, please visit http://www.forumea.org/whoweare-board.cfm
Forum Council Election Results
Congratulations to the following colleagues who have been elected to the Forum Council
for a 3-year term:
- Trevor Goddard, Monash University (Australia)
- Heather Barclay Hamir, Boston University
- Kristen Mallory, Claremont McKenna College
- Sarah E. Spencer, University of St. Thomas
- Lorna Stern, Arcadia University, College of Global Studies
The Forum thanks Nigel Cossar and Martha Johnson, Vice Chair, who recently cycled off the Council. The Forum extends its gratitude to Martin Hogan, most recent Council Chair, for his leadership as he also cycles off.
Measuring Capacity in Education Abroad
The Forum has developed a ten-question member survey that attempts to measure the capacity for accommodating more students on current education abroad programs. The results of this survey will provide important information to help guide national efforts and assist Forum member institutions to plan for the future.
If you are an Institutional Representative, but did not receive an email invitation to the survey, please contact the Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did You Know?
The rising cost for students was rated the most significant factor impacting the number of U.S. students participating in study abroad. This might not come as a surprise, as it has been a top concern of Forum members since 2008. To learn about concerns of Forum members, check out the 2013 State of the Field Survey Report
. Now in its fifth iteration, the State of the Field Survey takes the pulse of the education abroad field on key issues and compares current trends with those from past surveys.
This issue's banner photo is courtesy of Forum member, IAU College.