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April 30, 2015
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In this Issue:

Call for Regional Workshop Hosts

In anticipation of planning the regional workshop schedule for the 2015-16 academic year, The Forum seeks proposals from potential host institutions. Workshops can be selected from a list of full- or half-day options that focus on The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Specific workshops also fulfill part of the curriculum requirements for The Forum's Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program, which provides colleagues with essential education and training and certifies that they are able to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice.
To be considered for the 2015-16 academic year, proposals must be submitted by May 31.
View the RFP

Apply to Serve as QUIP Peer Reviewer

Experienced education abroad professionals trained by The Forum, the Peer Reviewers examine education abroad operations at the organizations undergoing Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) Reviews. They make judgments about whether the organization is in substantial conformity with the individual Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, commend the organization for any outstanding practices, and make suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement. Peer Reviewers play a critical role in making QUIP the only objective, independent review system in education abroad, based on the field’s Standards of Good Practice.
The Forum is currently accepting applications for Peer Reviewers. View eligibility requirements and apply by June 12, 2015 to be considered.

Nominations for the 2015 Undergraduate Research Awards

The Forum is now accepting nominations for the 2015 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 2015 award recipients will be invited to present their research at the annual Forum conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2016. The deadline to submit nominations is June 30.
The 2014 award winners presented their research at the 11th Annual Forum Conference in New Orleans last month. Their presentations can now be viewed on The Forum’s YouTube channel!


Support for Title VI and Fulbright Hays

This week The Forum joined other members of the Coalition for International Education in signing letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leadership, and Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittees, arguing for strengthening support to these vital programs. The Coalition’s letters recommended that additional funding be devoted to increasing opportunities for education abroad, as well as regional/global, foreign language, and international business studies and research.
Read the letter to the House
Read the letter to the Senate

Welcome New Members

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

Covenant College
University of Texas at Arlington
Interested in membership:
Join The Forum

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

New Dates: The Forum’s 3rd European Conference in Athens, Greece

Please update your calendars: The Forum’s 3rd European Conference, hosted by CYA (College Year in Athens), will be held October 5-7, 2016. The conference theme, Call for Proposals, and more detailed information will be available later this year.

Forum Workshop in New Jersey: 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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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!
Register Now

Dates and Deadlines:

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 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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