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May 12, 2016

In this Issue:

Forum Council Elections

The Nominations Committee of The Forum Council is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the six open positions in this year’s Forum Council election:
  • Tracey Bradley (Tennessee Consortium for International Students/Pellissippi State Community College)
  • Brian Brubaker (The Pennsylvania State University)
  • Chrissie Faupel (University of South Carolina)
  • Maritheresa Frain (CIEE)
  • Nick Gozik (Boston College)
  • Tom Howard (HES)
  • Uttiyo Raychaudhuri (Clemson University)
  • Alicia Stanley (Northwestern University)
  • Susan Thompson (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
To learn more about the candidates, read their statements.
All Institutional Representatives have received an email with a link to an online ballot. Voting will close at 5 p.m. EDT on May 24, 2016.
Learn More About the Candidates

Membership Dues Invoices to be Sent Next Week

Next week The Forum will be sending invoices for the 2016-17 membership dues.  The deadline for payment is July 31, and invoices may be paid during this fiscal year. 

For the eighth consecutive year, membership dues are remaining the same without an increase. This is due to the overwhelming success of The Forum as an organization and its efficient, member-focused operations.

If there has been a change in the institutional representative at your institution, or if you wish to add an additional person who should receive a copy of the invoice, please contact Mike Landis by e-mail at or by telephone at 717-245-1031.

If your institution or organization is not currently one of the nearly 800 members of The Forum, please consider joining!  If your organization joins, each person at your organization receives the benefits of membership! 
Membership Information

Nominations Now Accepted for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

Nominate your student for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad (formerly the Undergraduate Research Award) to recognize the rigorous and significant academic projects they have conducted as a part of education abroad programs in all academic disciplines, including the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. Nominations should highlight the high quality of the student’s academic achievement and the significance that the international context played in the student’s academic project and personal, academic, and career development. Nominations will be accepted until August 31, 2016.
More Information

Sponsorships Available for the Standards Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Sponsorship opportunities for the 7th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute are now available to all Forum members. Sponsorships are an excellent way to show your organization’s support of The Forum’s mission. All sponsors will be recognized in the Institute program and on The Forum website.
This Institute, to be held on June 23 at Northwestern University, is the signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. This event is limited to 125 participants and there are limited spaces remaining. Don’t miss your chance to register or to secure a sponsorship.
Register Now

Standards of Good Practice Workshops at Middlebury Institute of International Studies

On June 16, The Forum will host Standards Workshops at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. The first workshop in the morning is Overview of the Standards of Good Practice and will provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming. The afternoon workshop will focus specifically on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) and will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. Register for both workshops and save $50!
Register Now
Welcome New Members
The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

New York University Shanghai
Interested in membership:
Join The Forum

Host a Forum Workshop at Your Organization!

The Forum seeks Forum member institutions and organizations to host workshops during the 2016-17 academic year.  Hosts may choose from one full-day or two half-day workshops that focus on The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Host benefits include complimentary workshop registrations, recognition on The Forum’s website and in social media, and bringing high-quality training right to your doorstep. The Forum seeks diverse hosts, both in the U.S. and abroad, from all types of Forum member institutions and organizations. Contact for more information. 
Proposals must be submitted by June 13.
View the RFP

Sponsorships Available for the 3rd European Conference in Athens, Greece

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are an excellent way to show your organization’s support of The Forum’s mission. All sponsors will be recognized in the conference brochure, program and on The Forum website, providing maximum exposure.
The 3rd European Conference will be hosted by College Year in Athens (CYA) from October 5-7, 2016.
More Information

New Certified Professional:
Kelly McLaughlin
The Forum is very pleased to announce that Kelly McLaughlin, Director of Study Abroad, Deputy Director of the Center for International & Professional Experience, and Assistant Dean for Assessment at Yale University, has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. McLaughlin, who is Chair of The Forum Council, joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Tomorrow is the Deadline Apply to Serve as QUIP Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewers play a critical role in making The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) the only objective, independent review system in education abroad, based on the field’s Standards of Good Practice. Peer Reviewers, who are experienced education abroad professionals trained by The Forum, assess education abroad operations of organizations participating in QUIP Reviews. They commend the organization for excellent practices, provide suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement, and make the recommendation of whether the organization is in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
The Forum is currently accepting applications for Peer Reviewers. View eligibility requirements and apply by tomorrow, Friday, May 13 to be considered.
View Requirements & Apply

Upcoming Workshops

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice & Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA

U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
University of Dayton, OH


Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, May 13: Early-bird registration ends for Standards Workshops in Monterey, CA
Friday, May 13: Deadline to apply to serve as QUIP Peer Reviewer
Tuesday, May 24: Forum Council Election closes
Thursday, May 26: Regular registration ends for Standards Institute
Monday, June 13: Deadline to submit a proposal to host a Forum workshop
Thursday, June 16: Standards Workshops in Monterey, CA
Friday, July 22: Early-bird registration ends for Clery, Title IX, and VAWA Workshop in Dayton, OH

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