In this Issue:
Welcome New Member:
The Forum welcomes the following institutional member committed to Standards of Good Practice:
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:
Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, February 21
Deadline (extended) to submit session proposals for the 2014 European Conference in Barcelona, Spain

Thursday, February 27
Full-day workshop in Indianapolis: Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad

Friday, February 28
Deadline for Forum members to submit nominations for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award
Wednesday, March 5
Full-day workshop at Claremont McKenna College: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Wednesday, March 12
Full-day workshop at Boston College: Implications of the New Clery Handbook - What Does It Mean for Education Abroad?

Thursday, March 27
Full-day workshop at St. Mary’s College in Indiana: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Click here for more Forum events.

Start Your Professional Certification at the Annual Conference! Early-Bird Registration for Workshops Extended

Many of the half-day workshops offered at the Annual Conference will count toward the Forum’s Professional Certification. To accommodate interest in this new program, the early-bird registration for these workshops has been extended until February 15. Note that these workshops are open to all colleagues, whether or not they are enrolled in the Certification Program.


Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor

The Forum seeks experienced professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program. Forum Certification Assessors will be responsible for the review of Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Once selected, Forum Certification Assessors will be rigorously trained to evaluate Standards Assignments reliably and consistently based on established criteria.  This vital service will aim to assure quality education abroad and improve the field as a whole.

Learn more about eligibility, training, duties, and the application process.


Second European Conference: Session Proposal Deadline Extended!

In response to several requests, the deadline for submitting session proposals for the Forum’s Second European Conference has been extended to Friday, February 21. The conference, What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe, will be held in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25, 2014 and hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The Forum encourages submissions from international education and faculty colleagues with experience in and knowledge of U.S. education abroad in Europe.

Read the full Call for Proposals for more information. Conference details will be posted at as they become available.


Join a Lunchtime Conversation at the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference

Lunchtime conversations at the Forum’s Annual Conference provide attendees with the opportunity to meet informally to discuss current education abroad topics and issues. In San Diego, lunchtime conversations will be conducted on Thursday, April 3 from 12-1:30 p.m. and will be held in various session rooms. Conference attendees are invited to grab a portable lunch from the Exhibit Hall and then join a conversation that piques their interest:

The Big Think: Crazy Like Us (by Ethan Watters)
Facilitators: Brian Brubaker (IES Abroad), Ann Hubbard (American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS))

Becoming a Passport Facility: New Revenue for Education Abroad Offices
Facilitators: Michelle Cobb (USAC), Corrine Henck (Boise State University), Russell Stantham (California State University, Fresno), Geralynn Cortes (San Diego Passport Agency)

Building Better Access to Education Abroad for Community College Students
Facilitator: Gary Fleener (Skyline College)

Career Development and International Education – Where are we going?
Facilitator: Cynthia Banks (GlobaLinks Learning Abroad)

Innovative Models for Fire Safety Management Abroad
Facilitators: Zoe Friedland, Reza D'Jahanshahi, Grace Flott, Sarah Blanc (Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation)

Internship and Service Learning Projects Abroad: Benefits, Opportunities and Obstacles
Facilitators:  Cristiana Panicci (Sorrento Lingue), Natalie Canfield (GlobaLinks Learning Abroad)

Study Abroad Financial Models for Private Institutions
Facilitator: Jodi Ebner (Chapman University)

Women in International Education: Pathways to Leadership
Facilitators:  Kim McGrath (Webster University), Kathryn Bell (Yale University)

Working with Faculty on Intercultural Development of Students
Facilitator: Steven Duke (Wake Forest University) 

The Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference, “New and Emerging Paradigms in Education Abroad,” will be held in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, 2014. Click here to register!


Call for Nominations: Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award honors a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the Forum's goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The award will be presented at the Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego, CA on Friday, April 4th.  Previous winners include Liam Ó Dochartaigh (2013), Jon Booth (2012), Michael Vande Berg (2012), Susan Pugh (2011), James Langridge (2010), David Larsen (2008), R. Michael Paige (2007), and Peter Wollitzer.

Click here to read more about the Wollitzer Award. Forum members may submit nominations for the award to by Friday, February 28.


Forum Workshop on the West Coast: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Claremont McKenna College will host a full-day Forum workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing custom protocols and procedures in accordance with Standard 8 of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. This workshop will train participants to assess and improve programs they either operate or send students on by using the Standards with a specific focus on issues surrounding health and safety. The workshop includes interactive exercises, much discussion and an opportunity to create and critique different aspects of emergency action protocols. Participants will discuss different aspects of handling common health and safety concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice support their own program management and goals.
Click here to register.


Forum Workshop at Boston College: The Clery Act, Title IX and VAWA

The Forum and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) will deliver a full-day workshop, US Legislation Packs a Suitcase: the Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Boston College. This workshop addresses implications for education abroad as a result of recent federal activity: the Violence Against Women Act, Title IX and the revision to the Handbook for the Clery Act. Expert presenters from both the Forum and NACUA will provide answers to participants’ questions about the new legislation, the obligations of education abroad professionals, and how we can build a culture of reporting and compliance.

Click here to register. Early-bird registration pricing ends tomorrow, February 14.

*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from the Forum's office intern, Ashton Fiucci, Dickinson College.
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