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March 31, 2016
 
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In this Issue:

2015 State of the Field Survey Report Now Available Online


The Forum is pleased to release the 2015 State of the Field Survey Report. Since 2006, the State of the Field Survey has polled Forum member institutions and organizations on key issues and trends in the field of education abroad, tracking changes over the years. This year, the survey also revisited the questions asked in The Forum’s 2007 Survey on Program Management in Education Abroad. Key findings include:
  • The Top 3 concerns in the field this year were: 1. Program costs and rising costs, 2. Health and safety, 3. Adequate preparation of students;
  • Increased collaboration between U.S. institutions and third-party program provider organizations and consortia;
  • Fewer site visits paid for entirely by program provider organizations and an increase in cost-sharing efforts for these visits;
  • Increased transparency efforts through communications and publicity.
Annual conference attendees will receive a hard copy of the report, and the report will be discussed at a conference session on Thursday afternoon, April 7.
Read the Full Report

The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta


The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference is next week! The conference, Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad, will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA, April 6-8, 2016. There is still time to register!
 
On-site conference registration and check-in will be open during the following hours:
  • Tuesday, April 5:  4-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 8:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Conference Quick Links:

12th Annual Conference App


New this year! All of the information for the 12th Annual Conference can be at your fingertips: check the schedule, room locations, presenter bios, sponsors, attendee list and more. To download, simply go to your provider’s app store on your phone and search for “Forum 2016.”
 

Title IX and Education Abroad: Call for Feedback on Draft Resource


The Standards Committee’s Title IX Working Group has released a draft resource on Title IX compliance and seeks feedback. The working group will present their draft in a session at the 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, April 7th 8:45-10:00, and a hard copy of the draft will be distributed to all who attend the session. Those who plan to attend are especially encouraged to read the document in advance of the session. Comments and questions may be sent to Jodi Malmgren, chair of the Title IX Working Group, at malmgren@stolaf.edu.
Read the Draft

Nominations Invited for Forum Council Election


Nominations are now being collected for colleagues who can dedicate their time and provide their expertise by serving on the Forum Council. The Forum Council, an elected body of 15 colleagues, works collaboratively with Forum staff to produce member programs, services and benefits. Council members are elected to a three-year term, and are eligible to serve two terms.
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Standards Workshop with Emphasis on Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad


Hosted by Child Family Health International (CFHI), The Forum will deliver the workshop, Overview of the Standards of Good Practice, on Tuesday, April 12, in San Francisco, CA. Using the Standards as well as the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Program Abroad as benchmarks, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies specific to concerns of educators working with undergraduate health programs.
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Standards of Good Practice Workshops at Colorado College


On April 15, The Forum will host Standards Workshops at Colorado College. The first workshop in the morning will focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) and will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. The afternoon workshop is on Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3), which will help participants bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience. Register for both workshops and save $50! Be sure to register before the April 8 deadline.
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Upcoming Workshops

Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7) & Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Monday, April 11, 2016
University of California, Davis, CA
 
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice: Emphasis on the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Programs Abroad
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
San Francisco, CA
 
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) & Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
Friday, April 15, 2016
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice;
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
 
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5);
Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH









Dates and Deadlines:


Friday, April 1: Application deadline for Accelerated Residency in Carlisle, PA
Wednesday, April 6: Pre-conference workshops in Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, April 6 - Friday, April 8: The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference
Friday, April 8: Registration deadline for workshop in Colorado Springs
Saturday, April 9: Post-conference workshop in Atlanta, GA
Saturday, April 9: Fireside Dialogue on Inclusive Excellence
Monday, April 11: Standards Workshops in Davis, CA
Tuesday, April 12: Standards Workshop in San Francisco, CA
Friday, April 15: Standards Workshops in Colorado Springs, CO
Wednesday, April 20: Standards Workshops in St. Cloud, MN
Thursday, April 21: Standards Workshops in Columbus, OH
 
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