In this Issue:


 

Informational Webinar on the Forum’s Professional Certification Program

Due to popular demand, the Forum has scheduled additional webinars to provide more information about the new Professional Certification program. These webinars are open to everyone and the next one will be on Friday, March 7 at 12 noon (EST). To participate, go to www.forumea.org/
ForumCertification.cfm
and click on the appropriate link to sign up.

 

 
 



 

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 rigorously trained to review and evaluate 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.

Learn more about eligibility, training, duties, and the application process. Applications to become part of the first cohort of assessors are due by
April 15.





 
Dates and Deadlines:

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

Friday, March 7
Webinar on the Forum's Professional Certification in Education Abroad program
 
Wednesday, March 12
Full-day workshop at Boston College: US Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad
 
Thursday, March 27
Full-day workshop at St. Mary’s College in Indiana: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
 
Wednesday, April 2 – Friday, April 4
The Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference: New and Emerging Paradigms in Education Abroad

Tuesday, April 15
Deadline to submit application to become a Forum Certification Assessor

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Forum Workshop at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana

The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, on March 27 at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. This workshop is designed for colleagues who are looking for ways to assess health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including the Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how Standard 8 works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying three different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.



Click here to register! Early-bird registration rates end tomorrow, February 28.

 
 

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. 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 conference@forumea.org by tomorrow, February 28.

 
 

Register for the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference

The Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference, “New and Emerging Paradigms in Education Abroad,” will be held in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

The Forum is excited to celebrate its 10th annual conference with colleagues! The conference will kick off with the Opening Plenary Address by well-known internationalist, Dr. William G. Durden, who gave the plenary address at the Forum’s 1st stand-alone conference in Austin, Texas in 2007. Durden will deliver his address “Embracing the New Globalism: A Challenge to Rethink Education Abroad,” on Wednesday evening, April 2, prior to the Welcome Reception.
 
At the conclusion of the conference, join colleagues on Friday, April 4, at 4:15 p.m. for the Closing Celebration Toast, at which time the Forum will recognize its long-time supporters and conference attendees.
 
There is only one week left to register for the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference at the regular registration rate, after which late fees will apply. Register now!

 
 

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. 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.

 
 

Registration is Now Open for Standards Institute on Health and Safety

Registration is now open for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.” The Standards Institute will be held at the University of Denver on June 20, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

This year’s Institute promises new presenters and new topics for consideration by those concerned with issues of health, safety, security and risk management specific to education abroad. As in previous years, the Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and many of these sessions will be provided by experts in other fields. More details and a description of the sessions can be found at www.forumea.org/HealthInstitute14.cfm.

Click here to register!

 
 

Nominations for the 2014 Undergraduate Research Awards

The Forum is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Undergraduate Research Award. The Forum Undergraduate Research Award is an honor that showcases the most rigorous and significant undergraduate research that occurs as part of education abroad programs. The 2014 award recipients will be invited to present their research at the annual Forum conference in March 2015.

Learn more about the nomination process, and past recipients, at www.forumea.org/research-awards.cfm. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 award is June 30.

 
*Photo credit: This issue's photo, "The Defenestration of Prague," comes to us from Eastern Michigan University.

 
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