European Conference Keynote Speaker Announced
Josep (Pepe) Serra i Villalba, the Director of the Museu d'Art National de Catalunya (MNAC), will be the keynote speaker at the Forum’s Second European Conference
in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25, 2014. A leading figure in the museum and arts field, Serra is the former director of the Picasso Museum, and is visiting professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the University of Barcelona, and at Boston University, where he has taught the International Seminar The Arts in Barcelona
since 2009. Serra’s talk, “Culture, the Arts and International Education,” will address how education abroad can best take advantage of new opportunities in the changing landscape of museums and the arts.
Register for the conference now
and take advantage of early-bird registration pricing, which ends on August 27.
11th Annual Conference: Tips and Suggestions for Successful Session Proposals
"It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad"
is the theme for the 11th Annual Forum Conference
in New Orleans, March 25-27, 2015. Session proposals
for the conference are now being accepted!
Based on feedback from sessions in the past, the Forum has compiled a list of tips and suggestions that may help you in planning a successful session, such as:
- Include diverse points of view and multiple voices on the session topic, but include no more than 4 presenters;
- Maintain a balance of theory and practice;
- Provide ample time for comments and/or questions from the attendees;
- Offer specific tips and tools, applications of theory, or lessons learned as valuable ‘take-aways’ for colleagues.
to view the full list of suggestions and the call for proposals. Session proposals are due by August 22
Upcoming Forum Workshops
U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad
Monday, August 18, 2014
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Focus on Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Focus on Standard 2 (Academic Framework) and Standard 3 (Student Learning and Development)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Call for Course Submissions
The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design
honors an individual or group of individuals at a Forum member institution or organization for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. All courses submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative by September 15, 2014 will be considered for award. View the award criteria here
, and please share with any colleagues who may be eligible.
The Curriculum Cooperative
is an online resource center where colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. The Cooperative contains education abroad course and program profiles, as well as video and text interviews with faculty and administrators, sample syllabi, and more.
Measuring Capacity in Education Abroad
Education abroad traditionally has looked at capacity in terms of strategies and tactics to increase the number of students going abroad. These efforts relate primarily to the demand
side of education abroad programs.
However, what has not been addressed is the capacity for accommodating more students on current programs. In other words, what is the currently available supply
of education abroad?
The Forum has developed a ten-question member survey that attempts to measure program supply. The results of this survey will provide important information to help guide national efforts and assist Forum member institutions to plan for the future.
If you are an Institutional Representative, but did not receive an email invitation to the survey, please contact the Forum at email@example.com
New Resource Provides Guidance on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
The amendments to the Violence Against Women Act make changes to Clery Act compliance. Some of these changes are minor (adding gender identity and national origin to hate crime reporting or ensuring victims are never identified in Timely Warnings) while others are complex (the myriad training, programming and campaign requirements). Compliance with these laws requires an institution-wide effort and support from college leadership.
Through its collaboration with the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the Forum is pleased to make available a resource that offers assistance for institutions seeking to prepare for the changes required by the 2013 amendments to the Violence Against Women Act and its regulations. The resource, “Policy and Programming Changes Pursuant to the Campus SaVE Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act,”
may be accessed in the Standards Toolbox
. While this guidance is meant to be used by State University of New York (SUNY) institutions, it may serve other institutions as well. Non-SUNY readers are encouraged to consult with their college legal counsels as the contents of this guidance do not constitute legal advice.
This issue's banner photo is courtesy of Forum member, Lesley University's GLASS program.