European Conference in Barcelona: Session Spotlight
Study in Paradise: Fighting the Oxymoron?
Michelle Durán Ruiz (Spanish Studies Abroad), José B. Álvarez (CEA Study Abroad), Isabel Valverde (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
This session will explore the opportunities and challenges U.S. third party providers face when managing academic programs in cooperation with European public universities—or stand-alone operations—in Barcelona, Florence and Prague. Panelists are Academic Directors of two study abroad organizations and one public European university.
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. There is still time to register
Apply to Be a Forum Trained Facilitator
The Forum invites experienced colleagues to apply to become a member of The Forum Trained Facilitator Team that delivers the Standards of Good Practice
workshops. These workshops are a primary way that the field’s Standards of Good Practice
are disseminated as part of The Forum’s mission as the Standards Development Organization for Education Abroad. Many of the workshops also form the basis of the new Professional Certification program. As part of their training, facilitators are expected to become certified by completing the Professional Certification program. Becoming a Forum Trained Facilitator is an important way to give back to the field, as well as to advance your own professional development. Facilitators are chosen based on their education abroad experience and skills, and their demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Standards of Good Practice
for more information. The deadline to apply is September 30.
Forum Workshop in Conjunction with 2014 PaCIE Conference
The Forum half-day workshop
on Standards 2 and 3: Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework for Education Abroad
will be offered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, October 16, in conjunction with the 2014 PaCIE Conference
. This workshop is designed to help you to identify the resources and design programming to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience. Through simulations involving specific examples, participants will address critical issues often introduced by colleagues in higher education who are unfamiliar with the importance of tying these two areas together in education abroad.
Register for this workshop through PaCIE's conference registration
Forum Workshops at Texas Christian University & MIT
The Forum will deliver in November two workshops on Standards
4 and 5 of the field’s Standards of Good Practice
. The half-day workshop, Focus on Standards 4 and 5: Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support
, will first be hosted by Texas Christian University on Sunday, November 2, prior to the NAFSA Region III Conference. For colleagues on the east coast, the half-day workshop will again be offered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Wednesday, November 5.
Links to register for these workshops can be found at www.forumea.org/TCU2014.cfm
Although open to all colleagues, the workshop on Standards
4 and 5 serves as a module for colleagues who are enrolled, or considering enrollment, in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program
Johns Hopkins University to Host Standards Workshop
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 Tuesday, November 18, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 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.
Forum Presents at the 45th Annual URMIA Conference
Forum Vice President of Member Services and Training Natalie Mello presented at the 2014 University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on September 24. The presentation covered The Forum on Education Abroad’s Critical Incident Database. Mello commented that “Our colleagues in URMIA were appreciative of the efforts of The Forum to gather information necessary to measure what is actually happening with our students."
Academic Advising for Education Abroad
Study Abroad Advisors—did you know that The Forum has Standards Guidelines on academic advising in education abroad? Click here
to view best practices for both home-campus advising and on-site advising.
To access other Standards Guidelines, go to www.forumea.org/standards-index.cfm
This issue's banner photo is courtesy of Forum member, Indiana University (Jim Kelly, IU School of Journalism).