In this Issue:

Madison Stevens, 2013
Undergraduate Research
Award Recipient

Narintohn Luangrath, 2013
Undergraduate Research
Award Recipient
Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, February 7
Standards Guidelines Webinar: Volunteer, Internship Experience and Work Programs Abroad

Monday, February 10
Webinar on the Forum's Professional Certification in Education Abroad program

Thursday, February 13
Webinar on the Forum's Professional Certification in Education Abroad program

Friday, February 21
Deadline (extended) to submit session proposals for the 2014 European Conference in Barcelona, Spain

Thursday, February 27
Full-day workshop in Indianapolis: Developing Supportive Programs & Improving Student Experiences Abroad

Friday, February 28
Deadline for Forum members to submit nominations for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award
 
Wednesday, March 5
Full-day workshop at Claremont McKenna College: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Wednesday, March 12
Full-day workshop at Boston College: Implications of the New Clery Handbook - What Does It Mean for Education Abroad?

Thursday, March 27
Full-day workshop at St. Mary’s College in Indiana: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Click here for more Forum events.
 

Learn More: The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad

The Forum announced last week the launch of its exciting new program: Professional Certification in Education Abroad. The Certification Program combines workshops, assignments and a culminating project which will provide colleagues with education and training, and certify that they are able to articulate and apply the field’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

The Forum will offer webinars open to everyone to provide more information about the new program. Webinars are currently scheduled for Monday, February 10 at 1 p.m. (EST) and Thursday, February 13 at 12 noon (EST). To participate in one of these webinars, go to www.forumea.org/ForumCertification.cfm and click on the appropriate link to sign up.

 
 

Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor

The Forum seeks experienced professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program. Forum Certification Assessors will be responsible for the review of Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Once selected, Forum Certification Assessors will be rigorously trained to evaluate Standards Assignments reliably and consistently based on established criteria. This vital service will aim to assure quality education abroad and improve the field as a whole.

Learn more about eligibility, training, duties, and the application process.

 
 

Conference Spotlight: Undergraduate Research Presentations

The Forum’s Undergraduate Research Award recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program. Students’ projects are judged by faculty from Forum member institutions, and winners of the awards represent the highest quality academic achievements of undergraduates studying abroad.

The winners of this year’s Undergraduate Research Awards will present their research at the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego on Friday, April 4:

Madison Stevens, Franklin College Switzerland
Nominating member: SIT Study Abroad
Program: Uganda: Post-Conflict Transformation, SIT Study Abroad, Gulu, Uganda          
Project: “Lara Ngom ii Acoli: Identifying Root Causes and the Impact of Cultural Cataclysm on Land Conflict Resolution in Nwoya District, Northern Uganda”

Narintohn Luangrath, Boston College
Nominating member: Boston College       
Program: Dublin Internship Program, Boston College
Project: “Tearmainn na héireann: Direct Provision Housing, Child Asylum Seekers, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child”

The Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference, “New and Emerging Paradigms in Education Abroad,” will be in held in San Diego, CA, April 2-4, 2014. Click here to register!

 
 

Standards Guidelines Webinar for Members: VIEW Programs

The first in this spring’s series of Standards Guidelines webinars is scheduled for Friday, February 7 at 12 p.m. (EST). Open to Forum members only, the webinar will cover the Guidelines for Volunteer, Internship Experience and Work (VIEW) programs abroad. Andrea Custodi, director of academic affairs at the Alliance for Global Education, will facilitate the webinar.

Click here to register for this webinar.

 
 

Forum Workshop on the West Coast: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Claremont McKenna College will host a full-day Forum workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing custom protocols and procedures in accordance with Standard 8 of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. This workshop will train participants to assess and improve programs they either operate or send students on by using the Standards with a specific focus on issues surrounding health and safety. The workshop includes interactive exercises, much discussion and an opportunity to create and critique different aspects of emergency action protocols. Participants will discuss different aspects of handling common health and safety concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice support their own program management and goals.
 
Click here to register. Early-bird registration pricing ends tomorrow, February 7.

 
 

Forum Workshop at Boston College: Implications of the New Clery Handbook

The Forum and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) will deliver a full-day workshop, Implications of the New Clery Handbook – What Does It Mean for Education Abroad? on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Boston College. During this workshop, expert presenters from both the Forum and NACUA will provide answers to participants’ questions and specifically discuss the implications the changes to the Clery Handbook have for the field of education abroad.
 
Click here to register.

 
 

Negotiated Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Education has announced negotiated rulemaking with the purpose of creating rules and guidance regarding the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. Negotiated rulemaking is the process used by federal agencies to negotiate the terms of a proposed administrative rule. The agency publishes the proposed rule in the Federal Register and then solicits public comments, which are evaluated and may be included in the final rule. Details about this year’s negotiated rulemaking may be found at www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2012/vawa.html
 
Since this rulemaking process could also include anything related to the Clery Act, including its application to education abroad, the Forum is asking its members for comment and feedback about the Clery Act as well as suggestions on how to improve its application to education abroad. Comments that may inform this process should be sent to info@forumea.org by tomorrow, February 7, 2014.

 
 

European Conference: Session Proposal Deadline Extended

In response to several requests, the deadline for submitting session proposals for the Forum’s Second European Conference has been extended to Friday, February 21. The conference, What Does it Mean to be a “Traditional” Destination? Challenges and Opportunities for Education Abroad in Europe, will be held in Barcelona, Spain, October 23-25, 2014 and hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The Forum encourages submissions from international education and faculty colleagues with experience in and knowledge of U.S. education abroad in Europe.

Read the full Call for Proposals for more information. Conference details will be posted at www.forumea.org/Barcelona2014.cfm as they become available.

 
 

Call for Nominations: Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award honors a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the Forum's goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The award will be presented at the Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego, CA on Friday, April 4th.  Previous winners include Liam Ó Dochartaigh (2013), Jon Booth (2012), Michael Vande Berg (2012), Susan Pugh (2011), James Langridge (2010), David Larsen (2008), R. Michael Paige (2007), and Peter Wollitzer.

Click here to read more about the Wollitzer Award. Forum members may submit nominations for the award to conference@forumea.org by Friday, February 28.

 
*Photo credit: This issue's photo comes to us from Jim Kelly, Indiana University School of Journalism (IU Reporting HIV/AIDS in Africa program).
 
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