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May 7, 2015
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In this Issue:

Forum Council Elections

The Nominations Committee of The Forum Council is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the open positions in this year’s Forum Council election:
  • Christine Carroll, Florida State University
  • Steve Duke, Wake Forest University (reelection)
  • Michelle Duran, Spanish Studies Abroad (Seville, Spain)
  • David Fougere, CIEE
  • Michael Lucerto, EUSA
  • Kelly McLaughlin, Yale University (reelection)
  • Lisa Sapolis, Trinity College (Connecticut)
  • Erika Wilkens-Sözen, Syracuse University (Istanbul, Turkey)
To learn more about the candidates, read their statements.

The Forum Council election is held by e-mail ballot; all Institutional Representatives will receive an email with a link to an online ballot on Monday, May 11. Voting will close at 5 p.m. on June 1.

May is AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection Month!

We invite you to explore the online materials of the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection of education abroad historical material within the Archives and Special Collections Department of Dickinson College.  In one example, a 1978 hand out prepared by Lily Von Klemperer teaches students how to assess advertisements for study abroad programs. It lists warning signs that an agency might be illegitimate, and items to look for that would indicate that a program is credible and safe.
In its second year, the Collection has received significant donations of materials from a number of donors. This month, we ask for your help in continuing the Collection’s growth. The Forum is currently accepting contributions, such as documents, correspondence, publications, manuscripts, photographs and other material relating to the history of U.S. education abroad from its beginnings until and including the 1990.

Learn how to donate in May!
Browse the Collection

Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) and the Independent Program Provider Organization

Independent quality assessment can be a challenge for education abroad program providers. QUIP provides the only objective review system in education abroad. Intentionally modeled on accepted practices of higher education accreditation and international quality assurance, successful completion of the QUIP process assures students, administrators, and parents that your organization meets The Forum’s Standards.
“In our 45-year history we have never been through such a rewarding institutional assessment as the one established by The Forum. Whether your institution sends thousands of students abroad or hosts only a dozen participants on one site, we all benefit from following a defined set of Standards and best practices. The QUIP Program is the only tool that is capable of providing the review and guidance that is needed to maintain a high standard of academic excellence in the field of international education.”
-Jerry Guidera,
Executive Director, Spanish Studies Abroad
Learn More

Still Time to Register for the 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

The Forum's 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, will be held on Saturday, May 30 at MIT, immediately following the NAFSA conference. Register by May 14 to avoid paying a late fee.
The event is designed to train teams of professionals—education abroad, risk management, legal counsel, public safety, student life, etc.—from organizations to work together to improve risk management plans through continuous review, practice and assessment. It will feature expert presenters in the field of crisis planning and management, and participants will leave with the skills and resources needed to lead crisis planning training at their organization.
Learn More & Register

Look for The Forum at the 2015 NAFSA Conference

Visit The Forum at booth #134 in the NAFSA exhibit hall! Learn more about Forum projects, the Professional Certification Program, QUIP, upcoming events and membership.

Member Webinar: Ask the Forum President

Where is the education abroad field heading? How should The Forum continue to help to advance the field? Would you like to know more about The Forum’s mission, goals and activities? Do you want to ask questions or express an opinion to The Forum President? Join a free member webinar on Tuesday, May 12 at 12 p.m. (EDT) to engage in an hour long discussion with Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen. Upon registering for this webinar, participants will be asked to submit questions to help facilitate discussion.
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Did You Know That You Can Bring The Forum to Your Institution?

There are different opportunities for institutions and organizations to host expert training by The Forum. One of the following may be just right for your organization. Click each link for more information.

Upcoming Forum Workshops on the Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Monday, May 18 at Ramapo College of New Jersey. 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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Can’t make it on May 18? The same full-day workshop will be offered at Middlebury College on July 13.
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Standards of Good Practice Workshops at UW-Madison

Two Forum workshops will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin Madison on Monday, June 8. In the morning, join the Standards workshop on Student Learning, Development and Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3) and bring into line the best academic intentions with meaningful education abroad experiences. The second Standards workshop will be offered in the afternoon and will focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5). Register for both workshops and save $50!
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Dates and Deadlines:

Tuesday, May 12: Ask The Forum President webinar at 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 14: Regular registration deadline for the Standards of Good Practice Institute
Monday, May 18: Clery workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey
Saturday, May 30: 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute
Sunday, May 31: Deadline to submit regional workshop proposals
Monday, June 1: Voting closes for Forum Council election
Monday, June 8: Standards Workshops at UW-Madison
Friday, June 12: QUIP Peer Reviewer application deadline
Tuesday, June 30: Deadline for Undergraduate Research Award nominations

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