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November 6, 2014
Photo is courtesy of Madison Stevens, Franklin University Switzerland/ SIT Study Abroad

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Robert Quinn of the Scholars at Risk Network to Deliver Plenary Address

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Robert Quinn, founding Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, will give the Opening Plenary Address at the Eleventh Annual Conference in New Orleans. His address, “We Leave our Guns at the Door: The Essential Role of Higher Education,” will be delivered on Wednesday evening, March 25, followed immediately by the Welcome Reception.
The Scholars at Risk Network is an international network of 350 institutions in 36 countries providing direct assistance to over 200 threatened intellectuals each year and conducting monitoring, reporting, advocacy and education efforts aimed at protecting everyone’s right to think, question and share ideas, freely and safely. Drawing on his experience with Scholars at Risk, Mr. Quinn will discuss what he calls the “knowledge over force” principle that is the essential function of higher education generally, and international education in particular, even above knowledge production and dissemination. This principle combines the three defining values of the university—equitable access, rigorous testing for quality, and relinquishing the resort to force, coercion or intimidation to get one’s way. This principle provides a guidestar for mediating difficult questions of competing university values, including academic freedom, institutional autonomy and social responsibility, and creates a cultural and procedural framework for addressing difficult substantive questions in ways that promote education quality but also equitable outcomes and conflict reduction. This principle also justifies broad public support for and investment in higher education, and international education in particular, in a way that other, newer forms of knowledge production and dissemination lack, while suggesting a related responsibility on the part of higher education and to engage deeply with the broad public and common good.
The Eleventh Annual Conference, It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad, will take place in New Orleans, LA, March 25-27, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans. Early-bird registration for the conference is now open!
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Upcoming Webinar on The Forum’s Critical Incident Database

The Forum’s Critical Incident Database (CID) is the only objective source for information on the types and numbers of critical incidents that occur on education abroad programs. Collecting this information is more important now than ever before amid calls for greater transparency and accountability in higher education. The CID assists Forum member institutions in tracking critical incidents that occur while their students are abroad, and it serves as a method for tracking required information on incidents that should be reported in a member’s Annual Security Report as required by the Department of Education in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act) and Title IX. 
The Forum will provide an online demonstration of how the CID can be used on Friday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. (EST).
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The Forum at CIEE & Johns Hopkins University

Going to the CIEE Conference in Baltimore?  Join us in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about Professional Certification in Education Abroad, the Critical Incident Database, the Quality Improvement Program, the Curriculum Cooperative and more! The Forum will also deliver the Overview of the Standards of Good Practice workshop at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, on Tuesday, November 18, the day before the conference. This is a great introduction to the Standards of Good Practice, by the field, for the field, and the first workshop of the Professional Certification Program.
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Two workshops offered in Dublin

Were you unable to join us at The Forum’s European Conference in Barcelona? The Forum is coming to University College Dublin on Friday, November 21 to offer two interactive and practical workshops for institutions and organizations who send and receive U.S. study abroad students. Please register by Tuesday, November 11 to guarantee participation.
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Scam Alert: Annual Conference Hotel Solicitations

It has been brought to The Forum's attention that third-party reservation companies have been contacting colleagues, particularly registered conference exhibitors, to offer a lower rate for rooms than The Forum/ Sheraton's published rate for the Annual Conference. Please be aware that this is a PHISHING SCAM. The individuals DO NOT represent The Forum, nor have they been authorized by The Forum or Sheraton New Orleans to contact conference attendees. Please be aware that The Forum has not, and does not, share or sell contact information for any purpose.

The Forum recommends that you do not provide your personal or credit card information to any third-party companies that may contact you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alyssa Windholz at

The Forum welcomes three new members to the Forum Trained Facilitator Team

We are pleased to announce that as of July 1, Mandy Brookins Blinn (DePauw University), Andrea Custodi (The Alliance for Global Education) and Kelly McLaughlin (Yale University) will become active members of the team that facilitates workshops on behalf of The Forum. Each year The Forum solicits applications to join the FTFT in an effort to build breadth and depth within the ranks of trainers. These three colleagues will being their expertise and diverse experience in the field to the workshops that they will facilitate.

Forum Workshop at Suffolk University

In conjunction with the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA), The Forum will deliver the Overview of the Standards of Good Practice workshop on Friday, December 5 at Suffolk University. The Forum’s Standards provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming – academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel and policies and procedures.
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Welcome New Members

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

Interested in membership:
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European Conference in Barcelona was a Great Success

The Forum is pleased to report that its Second European Conference in Barcelona, Spain hosted 440 attendees from around the world, more than 45% of whom were attending a Forum conference for the first time. Of those in attendance, 60% travelled from the United States, while Spanish colleagues comprised 25% of the total conference attendance. The other 15% was comprised of colleagues from 17 other countries. The Forum was especially pleased to welcome its Forum members, which accounted for 82% of the total attendance.

Shelley Cavaness, Central College Resident Director in Paris and President of APUAF, commented that, “For me the most enriching aspect of The Forum’s Barcelona conference was quality of the sessions and caliber of the participants. The opportunity to interact with colleagues from different European countries sent me back to France with new perspectives and imagining new possible collaborations.”
Strong satisfaction was also expressed in conference evaluations, completed so far by 140 attendees:


Links to session presentations and handouts can be found on The Forum website here, and materials will continue to be posted as presenters submit them. Visit the Forum Flickr and Facebook pages to see photos from the event!

Dates and Deadlines:

Tuesday, November 11: Registration deadline for Standards Workshops in Dublin
Friday, November 14: Webinar on The Forum’s Critical Incident Database
Tuesday, November 18: Standards workshop at Johns Hopkins University
Friday, November 21: Standards workshops at University College Dublin
Friday, December 5: Standards workshop at Suffolk University

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