In this Issue:

Welcome New Member

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

Acorn of London Ltd

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:

Dates and Deadlines

Tuesday, October 23
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 3: Academic Framework
Monday, October 29
Portland, OR: Full-day workshop on the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs
Wednesday, October 31
Los Angeles, CA: Full-day workshop on the Implications of the New Clery Handbook – What Does it Mean for Education Abroad?
Thursday, November 1
Los Angeles, CA: Half-day workshop on the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

Tuesday, November 6
Regular registration ends for European Conference in Dublin

Monday, November 19
Free webinar for members: Understanding the Standards of Good Practice – Standard 4: Student Preparation for the Learning Environment

Wednesday, December 5 - Friday, December 7
The Forum's First European Conference in Dublin, Ireland

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Free Member Webinar on the Standards of Good Practice: Standard 3

The third webinar in the “Understanding the Standards of Good Practice” series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at 11 a.m. (EDT). Open to Forum members only, this webinar will cover the content of Standard 3 of the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad on academic framework, and will be facilitated by Brian Whalen, President and CEO of the Forum. 

“Understanding the Standards” is a time- and cost-effective way to introduce new staff to the Standards, or to refresh the knowledge of current staff.  Each webinar is expected to last one hour.
Click here to see the full schedule of webinars in this series.
To register, email:

Upcoming Forum Workshop in Portland, Oregon

The Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to offer a full-day workshop on the “Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs” on October 29 at Portland State University. The goals of this workshop are to assist participants in developing short-term programs in accordance with the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs, and to train participants in assessing and improving short-term programs that they operate or send students on by using the Standards as an assessment tool. Participants will explore the importance of managing stakeholder expectations, learn how to manage institutional resources in program design and development, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice support short-term program management and goals.

Two Upcoming Forum Workshops in California

The Forum on Education Abroad looks forward to facilitating two workshops at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. On October 31st, the Forum and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) will offer a full-day workshop titled, “Implications of the New Clery Handbook – What Does it Mean for Education Abroad?” Addressing the changes made to the Clery Handbook in 2011, topics to be discussed include: What are the obligations of colleges and universities to report incidents that occur overseas? What do program sponsors need to know so that they may assist the institutions they serve with Clery compliance? Who should be involved in reporting incidents and what types of incidents must be reported? Facilitators will provide answers to these questions and specifically address the implications these changes have on study abroad. Click here for more information, or register now.
On the following day, the Forum is offering a workshop on the “Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs” from 10am-2pm (PDT) at Occidental College. This workshop is designed for faculty and staff responsible for short-term education abroad programs, such as those operating during January/Winter Term, Spring Break, May Term or Summer. This is a great opportunity to train faculty and staff in best practices before the upcoming short-term season. More information on this workshop can be found here, or you may register now.

Proposal Deadline: Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad Standards Institute

The deadline for submitting session proposals for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad,” is Friday, October 26th. This Standards Institute will be held in Chicago, IL on April 3, 2013 immediately preceding the 9th Annual Forum Conference.

Through the use of the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice and the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, this Standards Institute is intended to assist participants in understanding ethical issues and improving their institutional strategies for ethical operations in education abroad.  Plenary and concurrent sessions are expected to involve a wide variety of practical, hands-on activities that will facilitate participant analysis of everyday ethical dilemmas in such areas as student advising, marketing, relationships between institutions and program providers, and reciprocity with international partners. The Forum particularly welcomes proposals that emphasize positive examples of best practices, incorporate real life case studies or ethical dilemmas, and actively involve participants in dialogue.

Read the full call for proposals.
Submit your proposal here.

Post-Conference Workshops in Dublin

Post-conference workshops will be held in the afternoon on Friday, December 7, immediately following the Forum’s First European Conference in Dublin. The two concurrent workshops being offered are An Introduction to the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and QUIP Peer Review Training.

Through group exercises and roundtable work, areas that will be addressed in the Introduction to the Standards include: the context for the Standards; the structure and content of the Standards; what the Standards of Good Practice encompass; and an opportunity to apply the Standards in real-word situations. The QUIP workshop is a prerequisite for becoming a QUIP Peer Reviewer.  It focuses on the concept of quality improvement for education abroad, the implementation of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice, and the role and responsibilities of the QUIP Peer Reviewer.  The workshop details the processes of the different types of QUIP Reviews, including how to analyze the Self-Study Report, conduct Site Visits, and write the Peer Review Report. Participants will analyze sample Self-Study and Peer Review Reports in breakout groups, then present their analyses for group discussion.

Register through the Dublin conference registration page. Additional workshop registration fee applies.

New Strategic Plan, 2012-2015

The Forum’s Board of Directors endorsed a revised mission statement and new strategic plan for the organization at its 2012 summer meeting. The new plan is intended to guide the Forum’s activities and initiatives through 2015.
The strategic planning process involved recommendations made by the Strategic Planning Task Force composed of Board members, a Forum Council representative and the President and CEO. 198 Forum member institutions responded to a survey asking for input about what services and benefits members want to help to advance their institution’s/organization’s education abroad efforts.
The process reconfirmed at all levels of membership the five foundational principals of the Forum: standards, data collection, outcomes assessment, curriculum and academic design, and advocacy. In addition, new ideas were generated about how the Forum can better serve its members. Key elements include increasing the recognition and influence of the Forum; improving the responsiveness to member needs by providing more differentiated content that serves the diversity of member institutions and organizations; and enhancing the delivery of member benefits and services. The broad outline of the plan, which will be evaluated by the Board on an annual basis, may be read here:

*Photo credit: This issue's photo is from Lesley University's Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester.

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