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March 19, 2015
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Next Week: The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference in New Orleans

The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference, It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad, is next week! Join us in at the Sheraton New Orleans, March 25-27.
Online registration for the conference will remain open, and last-minute registrations will be accepted on-site. To make changes or to add pre- or post-conference workshops to your existing registration, send an email to
Conference Quick Links:
On-Site Conference Registration & Check-In:
  • Tuesday, March 24:  4-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27:  7 a.m.-5 p.m.
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5th Edition of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad Now Available

The Forum on Education Abroad announces the publication of the 5th edition of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Developed by the education abroad field, the Standards offer authoritative and comprehensive guidelines for the development, management, assessment and improvement of education abroad programming in order to make the experience as rewarding and meaningful as possible for students.
A new feature of this edition of the Standards is a dynamic, interactive web site that offers tools for users to navigate through multiple layers of content, ranging from broad principles and prompts for evaluation to essential expectations for implementing the Standards and best practice examples.

View the new Standards and access the interactive features

Read the press release to find out what others are saying about the 5th edition.

The Forum Launches New and Improved Quality Improvement Program (QUIP)

The Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) has been updated and enhanced in conjunction with the release of the 5th edition of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
QUIP is the only objective, independent review system in education abroad, based on the field’s Standards of Good Practice. The new QUIP Review process remains based on the U.S. higher education accreditation model, involving a Self-Study, Peer Review, and Final Determination of whether an organization is in substantial conformity with the Standards. A determination of “yes” carries the most significant judgment available regarding the quality of education abroad programming. QUIP has been updated in the following ways:
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2015 Open Doors Study Abroad Survey

The Forum encourages its members to complete the 2015 Open Doors Study Abroad Survey, which is now open and available at The Study Abroad Survey collects data on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit in 2013/14. The deadline to complete the Study Abroad Survey is Friday, April 3.

Forum Workshop on Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management

The Forum will deliver a workshop, Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), on Thursday, April 9 at Portland State University. Early-bird registration ends tomorrow, March 13.

This Standards of Good Practice workshop will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing an effective risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.
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Welcome New Member

The Forum welcomes the following institutional member committed to the Standards of Good Practice:
Child Family Health International
Interested in membership:
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In Memoriam: Josef Mestenhauser

The Forum has received the very sad news that Josef Mestenhauser, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, passed away last weekend.  A seminal figure in the development of the field of international education, Mestenhauser’s teaching, writing and mentoring of students and colleagues helped to lay the groundwork for the field as we know it today.  The Forum extends its sympathy to the Mestenhauser family and the University of Minnesota community.

Workshops on Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum on Education Abroad will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Sunday, April 12 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, immediately before Terra Dotta’s annual user conference. Co-sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), this workshop will address 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.
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On the east coast? The same Clery workshop described above will also be offered at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Monday, May 18.
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Dates and Deadlines:

Wednesday, March 25:  Pre-conference workshops
Wednesday, March 25-Friday, March 27:  11th Annual Forum Conference in New Orleans
Saturday, March 28: Post-conference workshop on the Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX
Thursday, April 2: Early-bird registration deadline for Standards Institute
Thursday, April 9: Standards workshop at Portland State University
Friday, April 10: Professional Certification Accelerated Residency application deadline
Sunday, April 12: Clery workshop at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

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