In this Issue:
Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, August 8
Early-bird registration deadline for workshop at Wheaton College (IL): Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
 
Friday, August 15
Early-bird registration deadline for workshops at Hobart & William Smith Colleges: Standard 8 and Standards 2 & 3

Monday, August 18
Workshop at Dartmouth College: US Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad
 
Friday, August 22
Deadline to submit session proposals for the Eleventh Annual Conference in New Orleans

Thursday, September 4
Workshop at Wheaton College (IL): Overview of the Standards of Good Practice

Monday, September 15
Deadline to submit courses to be considered for the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

Early-bird registration deadline: The Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona

Wednesday, September 17
Workshops at Hobart & William Smith Colleges: Standard 8 and Standards 2 & 3

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The Forum to Collaborate with The New York Times on the Development of a New Education Abroad Resource: Education Abroad Digital Resource Center

The Forum on Education Abroad and The New York Times in Education are pleased to announce their collaboration in the development of an innovative new resource for education abroad. The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center will utilize New York Times news, content, and archives that span 162 years to enhance education abroad learning, before, during and after the education abroad experience.
 
The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center will make available the full range of The New York Times resources: news, opinion and analysis in all content areas, searchable according to an education abroad program’s location and discipline, and in various media. Users will be able to draw on a wide range of material in the development of education abroad courses and programs, including daily news briefs; political analysis and editorials on contemporary issues; book, film, art, and music reviews; and food and travel resources. 
 
The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center will provide a user-friendly interface for faculty, staff and students with customized guidance on how to use The New York Times for education abroad as well as best practice examples of how to apply these resources to advance student learning during pre-departure, on-site and re-entry education abroad programming.
 
The development of the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center will begin with a pilot project enrolling a select group of Forum member institutions that will collaborate in developing and piloting this groundbreaking resource during the 2014-15 academic year.  Institutions and organizations selected for this project will be able to assign faculty and staff full access to unparalleled resources of NYTimes.com during the 2014-15 academic year. The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center is expected to debut in fall, 2015 after the pilot project is completed.
 
Institutions/organizations chosen for this project will be able to assign selected faculty and staff full access to unparalleled resources of NYTimes.com during the 2014-15 academic year.

Learn more, including how to apply to participate!

 
 

European Conference in Barcelona: Session Spotlight

Complicating Study Abroad in Post-Colonial Europe: A Case Study of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Laurie Black (SIT/World Learning), Yvette Kopijn (SIT Study Abroad), Jack Zerbe (Guilford College)
Education abroad programs should provide opportunities to study Europe in its postcolonial, globalizing context. This session examines how women's/gender/sexuality study abroad programs have evolved and how these issues now play a role in European debates on multiculturalism and cultural citizenship. U.S. students can move beyond the ‘old’, colonial image of Europe and envision a much more complex Europe requiring complicated questions and even more complicated answers.
 
The Forum’s Second European 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. Early-bird registration rates end on September 15.

 
 

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.
 
Early-bird registration rates for this workshop end tomorrow, August 8. Register now!

 
 

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. Click here to register!

 
 

Forum Council Elects New Chair and Vice Chair

Forum Council members Kelly McLaughlin (Yale University) and Sarah E. Spencer (University of St. Thomas) have been elected to serve as Council Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. The Forum extends its appreciation to them for their service to the Council and to the membership.

 
 

Kathy Sideli Donates Materials to the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection

The Forum is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Kathleen Sideli Papers, which will become part of the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection. Dr. Sideli’s gift includes materials assembled during the late 1990s and early 2000s related to her involvement with NAFSA’s Section on U.S. Students Abroad, as well as documents related to the National Data Collection Initiative, which she spearheaded with SECUSSA and IIE (1998-2002). Dr. Sideli also contributed numerous items to The Forum Archive, including correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, and photographs.


Early Forum meeting in 2001 at Arcadia University.
 
 

New Resource Provides Analysis of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act

Through its collaboration with the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), The Forum is pleased to make available a resource that offers analysis of the proposed Campus Accountability and Safety Act and may be accessed in the Standards Toolbox. Very recently, Senators McCaskill (D-MO), Gillibrand (D-NY), Heller (R-NV), Blumenthal (D-CT), Grassley (R-IA), Ayotte (R-NH), Warner (D-VA) and Rubio (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to address the issue of sexual violence on campus. This bill is not yet law; if it passes, it likely will undergo some significant changes.  Still, its introduction is important, and this resource offers a prompt review and analysis of the bill.

 
This issue's banner photo is courtesy of Forum member, College Year in Athens (CYA).
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