Forum Workshop at Virginia Commonwealth University
The Forum is pleased to announce that Virginia Commonwealth University will host a full-day Forum workshop on Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework of Education Abroad
on Friday, December 13, 2013. This workshop will be led by Natalie Mello, the Forum’s vice president for member services and training, and will address Standards 2 and 3 of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
. Standard 2 focuses on topics such as inter-cultural understanding, language and communication, and academic growth, and Standard 3 concentrates on the academic policies and structures that support learning, such as credit and coursework, academic integration, advising and career planning. Designed to be highly interactive, timely and informative, this workshop will help its participants to apply these Standards to real-world situations through
discussion and analysis of case studies.
for more details and to register!
Rescheduled: Standards Guideline Webinar on Study Abroad Advising
The next webinar in this fall’s Standards Guidelines
series has been rescheduled for November 13 at 12 p.m. (EST). Open to Forum members only, the webinar will cover the Guidelines for home campus and on-site advising in education abroad. Michele Gere, associate director of study abroad at Yale University, will facilitate the session.
To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for the Standards Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad
Akosua Obuo Addo, a professor affiliated with both the School of Music and African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, will be the plenary speaker
at the Standards of Good Practice Institute on Curriculum, Teaching and Education Abroad
on November 19, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN.
Addo’s lunch plenary, "Connecting the Dots... from Orientation to Reentry and Beyond,
" will address how the quality of education abroad programs is directly linked to how pre-departure orientation, in-country learning, and re-entry programs are connected in pedagogical practice.
There is still time to register
for the Institute! Click here
for more information.
Fireside Dialogue on Mental Health Concerns in Education Abroad
The Forum is pleased to offer a Fireside Dialogue for education abroad professionals to be held in conjunction with the 10th Annual Forum Conference in San Diego, CA, in April 2014. Mental Health Concerns in Education Abroad is intended for education abroad professionals seeking to understand mental health concerns that can impact students studying abroad and how institutions can best prepare for and respond to these concerns. This Fireside Dialogue will bring together no more than 30 participants in an informal setting for a full day of facilitated, collegial discussion.
for more information and to submit an application to participate. Applications will be accepted through November 25
Call for Proposals: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
The Forum on Education Abroad is accepting session proposals for the 5th Standards of Good Practice Institute on "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management." The Institute will be held at the University of Denver on June 20, 2014, immediately preceding the Annual Conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) in Denver, CO.
For more information, and to submit a proposal, click here
. Proposals are due by November 29
Forum Presents at International Conference in Beijing, China
Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen presented at the 2013 International Education Forum and EXPO in Beijing, China on November 3. The presentations covered “Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in China,” and “Innovation Based on Standards of Good Practice.” Whalen commented that “Education abroad in China will continue to grow, and this meeting is an excellent venue in which to discuss its future.” Whalen was an invited guest of and was hosted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). He attended AASCU’s 12th Sino-American conference in Beijing, which took place before the Forum and EXPO. AASCU has established an impressive range of programs and cooperative agreements
in China. Whalen is shown below with Professor Xiangmin HE, Vice President and Executive Director of the China Association for International Education.
State of the Field Survey
The Forum has distributed survey links to institutional representatives to complete the State of the Field Survey. The Forum conducts this survey to take the pulse of its membership on a variety of topics of critical importance to the field. This is the fifth State of the Field Survey and the data gathered will be compared with benchmark data from the previous State of the Field Surveys
. The questions were developed by a group composed of Forum members at large, Forum Data Committee members, and members of the Forum Council.
Questions or requests to be resent the survey link can be directed to email@example.com
New Forum Trained Facilitator Team Members Announced
The Forum welcomes three new trainers to its Forum Trained Facilitator Team
: Elizabeth Brewer (Beloit College), Mark Odenwelder (Centers for Interamerican Studies - CEDEI) and Bradley Rink (University of Cape Town). These three colleagues bring years of Forum participation, deep knowledge of the Standards and experience as trainers. They join Chris Deegan (University of Illinois, Chicago), Rob Hallworth (The George Washington University), Kline Harrison (Wake Forest University), Sue Jackson (Whitworth University), Kim Kreutzer (University of Colorado, Boulder), Kevin Morrison (Elon College), and David Shallenberger (SIT) as members of the Team. These new members will begin their three year term in July of 2014.
Forum Presents at the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad (KCEA)
The Forum on Education Abroad was pleased to present a session at the Fall meeting of the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad (KCEA)
on November 1. The KCEA event was hosted by Eastern Kentucky University and the primary topic of this meeting was health, safety, and compliance. Forum vice president for member services and training, Natalie Mello, presented “An Introduction to the Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs: Focus on Health, Safety and Security.
*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from
Virginia Tech (International Clinical Veterinary Medicine Exchange Program in India).