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November 3, 2016

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In this Issue:

Virginia Issues Study Abroad Guidelines

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved Study Abroad Guidelines at its meeting last week. See page 45 of the SCHEV Agenda Book.
The Forum was able to offer input into the development of the Guidelines, which are consistent with The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Steve Bell, Interim Executive Director of the Office of International Programs at Old Dominion University, served on SCHEV’s Ad Hoc Committee that provided expert input and advice in the crafting of the Guidelines. He commented, “Over the past six months, education abroad professionals from public universities across the Commonwealth have been actively collaborating with SCHEV to draft and promote guidelines for Study Abroad. This past week SCHEV formally adopted the Virginia Public Higher Education Guidelines for Study Abroad, which are consistent [with] and developed from The Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice. I want to extend my sincere thanks to The Forum for its assistance to education abroad professionals from Virginia throughout this process.”

Two Professional Certification Accelerated Residencies Offered in 2017

The Accelerated Residency program is the fastest and most comprehensive way to pursue the Certified Professional in Education Abroad credential. Participants attend all six Standards of Good Practice Workshops in three days with a cohort of colleagues focused on learning and applying the Standards for the field. Participants return home to complete the Standards Assignments at their own pace. You must be enrolled in the Professional Certification program to attend. Scholarships are available.
May 22-24, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
Application Deadline: April 7
June 12-14, 2017
The Forum on Education Abroad
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Application Deadline: April 21
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International Education Week: November 14-18

Join The Forum in celebrating international education and exchange during International Education Week, November 14-18. Stay tuned for exciting Forum announcements, including the winners of the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad and the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design, a brand new issue of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, and a new episode of Forum Storytellers. The Forum will also celebrate the achievements of QUIP-recognized institutions and Certified Professionals in promoting quality in education abroad.
Welcome New Member:

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

KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad

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13th Annual Conference Registration

Early-bird registration for The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference is open. The conference, Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum, will be held March 29-31, at The Westin Seattle in Seattle, WA. Whether you are a seasoned colleague or a new professional in the field, this is the education abroad conference of the year that you cannot afford to miss—the prime venue for networking and gathering resources that meet all of your needs.
The schedule of sessions is now available on the conference website. Start making your conference plans and register now to take advantage of reduced pricing!

Annual Conference Grant and Award Opportunities

If you are low in funds but want to attend The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference, there are two options available to help cut down on costs. Education abroad professionals from Forum member institutions are invited to apply to receive a conference travel grant or the Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award The deadline to apply for both of these opportunities is December 2. Learn more»

The Forum Focus: Call for Submissions

The Forum Focus is an online publication that provides perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues in the field. The Forum invites colleagues to submit articles for consideration and ideas for future topics. The word limit for articles is 1,200 and is strictly enforced. The submission deadline for the next issue is November 4. Please send submissions to:
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Upcoming Workshops

Friday, November 4
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)

Tuesday, December 6
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Tuesday, December 13
University of California - Santa Cruz, CA
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, November 4: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
Friday, November 4: Submission deadline for The Forum Focus
Monday, November 14-Friday, November 18: International Education Week
Thursday, December 1: Deadline for proposals to the Frontiers Special Issue on Religion and Education Abroad
Friday, December 2: Application deadline for conference travel grants
Tuesday, December 6: Standards Workshops in Mississippi State, MS
Tuesday, December 13: Forum Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA
Friday, December 16: Deadline to submit nominations for 2017 Wollitzer Award

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