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  • -The Forum is an institutional membership organization , and membership benefits are geared to institutions rather than to individuals-A study abroad program provider organization is an entity that provides education abroad programs and services for students, often operated independently of a college or university. Program provider organizations may be associated with a ‘school of record’ that issues credit and transcripts for education abroad coursework offered by the program provider
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  • Using Standards of Good Practice to Expand Education Abroad Capacity Brian Whalen President and CEO The Forum on Education Abroad www.forumea.org© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Workshop Outline• Overview of the Forum on Education Abroad• The Context for the Standards• How Were the Standards Developed?• What do the Standards of Good Practice Encompass?• The Structure and Content of the Standards© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • The Forum on Education Abroad • Not-for-profit global membership association, founded 2001 • Recognized as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for education abroad • Members are institutions and organizations committed to the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad • 25% of members are located outside the U.S.© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Goals of the Forum 1. Establish Standards of Good Practice 2. Conduct research to assess outcomes of education abroad and collect useful data 3. Promote excellence in education abroad programming 4. Advocate for education abroad at all levels© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 1. Establish Standards • Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, 4th edition, 2011 • Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs, 2009 • Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, 2nd edition, 2011 • Education Abroad Glossary, 2nd edition, 2011© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 2. Conduct research & collect data  A Guide to Outcomes Assessment in Education Abroad, 2007  State of the Field Surveys  Preliminary Report: The Forum Education Abroad Incident Database Pilot Project, 2010© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 3. Promote excellence  Quality Improvement Program (QUIP)  Guided Standards Assessments  Annual Forum Conference  Chicago, April 3-5, 2013  Workshops and Webinars  Standards Institutes  Online Toolbox of Best Practices  European Conference  Dublin, Ireland, December 5-7, 2012© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 4. Advocate for education abroad  Pathways to the Professions Survey, 2009  Advocacy resources to assist members in critical areas such as visa regulations, funding, and government policies© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Membership • Over 600 institutional members that collectively represent over 90% of U.S. students that study abroad • Members are primarily U.S. colleges and universities, program provider organizations, overseas host institutions and programs, and affiliates that provide services to the field • Members enjoy a wide range of benefits and services that help them to meet the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Why are Standards needed?  Lack of regulation of the field  Institutions have limited resources  Variety of players  Increasing number of students participating  Risk and liability concerns  Universities promising global learning outcomes  Accreditation commissions requiring assessment of promised outcomes  Increasing cost of higher education  Raises the question of value on investment  Scrutiny of the industry© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • How were the Standards Developed?  Openness: meetings, presentations, web site, announcements, newsletters, publications  Transparency: full explanation of processes to membership and to the public  Balance: welcome all points of view and diverse perspectives, respect differences and various approaches  Consensus: process of moving forward based on consensus  Due Process: possibility for appeals© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Standards Content  Statements of Good Practice articulate the core Forum Standards that serve as guidelines;  Queries relate to each Standard; these are designed to foster analysis and assessment of how well an organization meets the Standards; and  Toolbox documents to which Forum members may refer as models of good practice and discuss or adapt them to their institutions or programs, as appropriate.© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • © 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • © 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 1. Mission: The organization, with respect to education abroad, has a formally-adopted mission statement for its overall operations and for its individual programs that is known to and accepted by its faculty and staff. a. Mission and Commitment: The organization has mission statements appropriate for each program. b. Assessment of Mission Achievement: The organization regularly analyzes the degree to which it is achieving its overall mission and its mission statements for each program, and utilizes these findings to assure continuous improvement.© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 2. Student Learning & Development: The organization has stated educational objectives that foster student learning and development, and has established, and regularly utilizes, internal and external review processes for assuring that its programs accomplish these objectives. a. Inter-Cultural Understanding b. Language and Communication c. Academic Growth d. Student Development© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 3. Academic Framework: The organization maintains clearly stated and publicly available policies on academic matters related to education abroad. a. Academic Credit b. Academic Coursework c. Internships and Field Research d. On-Site Advising e. Academic Integration f. Academic Planning g. Career Planning© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 4. Student Preparation for the Learning Environment Abroad: The organization provides advising and orientation support that is consistent with the program’s mission and student needs. a. Pre- and Post-Departure Advising and Orientation: The program provides appropriate orientation and advising support to meet student needs as they evolve throughout the term of education abroad. b. Returning Student Support: The organization and program staff provide support for students returning from abroad.© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 5. Student Selection & Code of Conduct: The organization maintains, and makes publicly accessible, its commitment to fair and appropriate policies regarding student selection and code of conduct. a. Student Selection: The recruitment and selection processes are transparent and fair. b. Code of Conduct: The organization makes explicit its student code of conduct and its disciplinary processes.© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 6. Policies & Procedures: The organization has in place policies and procedures that govern its education abroad programs and practices. a. Policies b. Personnel c. Advising d. Communications e. Marketing f. Affordability and Financial Assistance g. Program Assessment© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 7. Organizational & Program Resources: The organization provides adequate financial and personnel resources to support its programs. a. Academic Personnel b. Administrative and Support Personnel c. Financial Resources d. Learning and Academic Support Facilities e. Student Housing© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 8. Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management: The organization assures continuous attention to the health, safety, and security of its students, faculty, and staff, from program development stages through program implementation, by way of established policies, procedures, student orientation, and faculty and staff training. a. Health, safety, security and risk management in program development b. Health issues for program students, faculty and staff c. Safety of students, faculty and staff at all locations d. On going risk-management review e. Adherence to applicable laws and regulations f. Risk assessments are conducted throughout© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • 9. Ethics and Integrity: The Organization educates its employees in and adheres to its own code of ethics and/or to the ethical principles of the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. a. Operations: The organization operates its programs in accordance with ethical principles. b. Student Life: The organization conducts its activities and advises students in an ethically responsible manner. c. Intercultural Relations: The organization respects the cultures and values of the countries in which it operates or sponsors programs and from which it draws students.© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • The Code of Ethics for Education Abroad The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to provide a guide for making ethical decisions to ensure that those in the education abroad field provide services in accord with the highest ethical standards, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that students’ international educational experiences are as rich and meaningful as possible. Format: 1. Ethical Principles 2. Ethical Guidelines 3. The Forum Compass© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Ethical Principles 1. Truthfulness and Transparency are essential to ethical education abroad practices. The fundamental premise is that education abroad practices should be open and clear, and that decision-making processes should be appropriately disclosed and periodically reviewed. 2. Responsibility to Students As an educational endeavor, education abroad should keep students’ academic objectives, personal growth, and best interests foremost in mind. 3. Relationships with Host Societies By its very nature education abroad engages host societies in myriad ways. 4. Observance of Law and Good Practice In all administrative, business, and financial arrangements, all applicable U.S. and international laws should be observed and principles of good practice followed.© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Ethical Principles 5. Conflicts of Interest All potential conflicts of interest involving education abroad should be reviewed by an appropriate third party to determine whether such conflicts exist, and if so, whether they may or may not be cured. A potential conflict of interest exists when the financial or non-financial interests of an institution or organization (or an employee of either) may be seen as competing with the interests of the student. Those conflicts that cannot be waived or appropriately managed after full disclosure to all concerned parties must be eliminated. 6. Gifts, Gratuities, Discounts, Rebates and Compensation Provider organizations and institutions should neither accept nor offer compensation (such as honoraria and consulting fees), gifts, gratuities, discounts, and rebates if it could be reasonably inferred that they would impact either party’s ability to make objective and fair decisions about any aspect of education abroad operations, including but not limited to affiliation, approval of study abroad programs, and student enrollment in such programs.© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • The Forum Compass: Is it true, fair and transparent? Does it reflect Does it foster the best international practices of understanding? the field? Does it put the interest of the students first and contribute to their intellectual and personal growth?© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Standards of Good Practice for Short-TermEducation Abroad Programs  More specific set of Standards that apply to short-term programs  The Forum has a concern that short-term programs are the fastest growing programs, and are often organized as ad hoc ventures led by faculty and staff who may not have experience with how to develop and manage education abroad programs  Are meant to be used together with the more general Standards to assess and improve programs© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Brian Whalen President and CEO The Forum on Education Abroad whalenb@dickinson.edu www.forumea.org© 2012, The Forum on Education Abroad