The Forum has released a landmark report that provides data on student deaths abroad: Insurance Claims Data and Mortality Rate for College Students Studying Abroad.
This Report provides, for the first time, information on the mortality rate for U.S. students studying abroad and compares this rate to the mortality rate for students studying on campuses in the U.S. The key finding of the Report is that college students studying abroad are less likely to die than college students studying on campuses in the U.S. According to Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen, “This Report will be very beneficial to The Forum membership and the field by providing a context by which we can understand the relatively rare occurrence of the death of a student abroad.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an article on the Report and Inside Higher Ed has mentioned the Report in its “Quick Takes” section.
The Report should inform legislative efforts that seek to regulate education abroad. For more on these legislative efforts, read President and CEO Brian Whalen’s short article in the latest issue of The Forum Focus.
Annual conference attendees will receive a hard copy of the Report, and the Report will be discussed at a conference session on Friday afternoon, April 8.