Plenary Address to Open Annual Conference
For the first time, the Forum on Education Abroad’s Annual Conference will open with a plenary address. On Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. Richard Slimbach will deliver his keynote address, “The Fate of Civilization and the Future of Study Abroad: From Doorstep to Planet.” Slimbach, Professor of Global Studies and Director of the Global Studies Program at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, will propose an integrated, “doorstep-to-planet” pedagogy that transcends the false choice to either “stay at home” or “study abroad.” The talk will introduce a local-to-global model of learning that can enable students to embrace one of the great tasks of our time: discerning what to cherish and what to challenge within the “modern way of life” as a precondition to making worthy homes in the world.
Find full information about the conference here: Tracing the Experience: From Inquiry to Integration
, Denver, March 21-23, 2012.
Forum Receives Grant to Support Conference in Dublin
The Forum recently learned that it has received a grant of €4,500 from Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority of the Republic of Ireland, to help support the Forum’s first European Conference to be held in Dublin, December 5-7, 2012. The grant will provide assistance with advance planning and marketing of the conference.
Learn more about the Forum's Dublin conference, Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in U.S. Education Abroad,
and read the full call for proposals, at this link: Dublin Conference
New Publications Assist the Expansion of Education Abroad Capacity in India and Turkey
New publications resulting from the Education Abroad Capacity Project are now available through the Institute of International Education (IIE). The project, supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), involved the expansion of education abroad capacity in key nontraditional destination countries, including Brazil, India and Turkey, and was conducted in partnership with EducationUSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).
IIE has just launched two new white papers from this initiative: “Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to India” and “Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Turkey.” Both reports begin with an overview of the current state of the higher education sector in their country of focus, with a particular focus on the current state of U.S. study abroad to these countries. The second portion of the reports focus on existing study abroad programs available to U.S. students, and challenges and recommendations for expanding study abroad to India and Turkey.
Hard copies of the reports are available for purchase at http://www.iiebooks.org; PDFs of the reports are available for download at http://www.iie.org/publications
New Resource: Bibliography of Outcomes Assessment in Education Abroad
The Forum's Outcomes Committee has made available a new resource, an annotated bibliography of publications on education abroad outcomes: Assessment Bibliography
. This resource provides the Forum membership with useful information about studies that assess education abroad outcomes, and encourages new research and practice. The Forum sincerely thanks Betsy Brewer, Dennis Doyle and Nick Gozik for their contributions to this project, as well as the other members of the Outcomes Committee.
Annual Conference Session: Draft Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad
In preparation for a working session at the Forum’s Annual Conference, the Standards Committee Health Studies Working Group has made available a draft working document of guidelines for study abroad in the health professions. Responding to growing interest in global health, and students seeking experiences in either clinical or community health settings abroad, these guidelines address the special considerations of health profession settings, particularly safety and ethics. The session will be held Thursday afternoon, March 22, and be led by Tricia Todd (University of Minnesota), Scott Daby (University of Minnesota), Jose B. Alvarez (SIT Study Abroad), and Jessica Evert (University of California).
Review the draft document here: Draft Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad
*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Antioch Education Abroad