Best Practice Laboratories: Great Ideas, Solid Strategies, Proven Solutions

In education abroad, our laboratories are our offices and classrooms around the world. As in any lab, we experiment, assess, tweak, and develop our practices to respond to the changing environment, shifting expectations, and evolving student populations. We look for ways to improve our practices to deliver quality education abroad programming.

In Best Practice Laboratories, we are diving in at the operations level and seeking individual best practice examples to build education abroad’s community of shared knowledge. We’d like you to show your colleagues what works at your institution, and tell them why it works.

If you are from a community college, a minority-serving institution, or are based outside of the U.S., we are particularly interested in having you share your best practices.

Small Things Matter

We invite colleagues to submit practices that are easy to replicate, focused in design, and impactful. Here’s the place to spotlight that great practice worth sharing, but not enough to build a full conference session around. Examples might include:

  • An effective student conduct agreement or waiver,
  • An ethical site visit policy or site visit checklist,
  • A risk assessment rubric or a rubric for evaluating new partner programs,
  • An innovative re-entry activity, etc.

Submit your best practice and we will collate accepted proposals into panels of idea generators at The Forum’s 16th Annual Conference in Kansas City. Selected panelists will have their names and affiliations listed in the conference program, and their best practices will be shared after the conference in The Forum’s Standards Toolbox.

Session Format

Each presenter will make a brief (~1 minute) opening remark and be available at an individual station with a handout that illustrates their best practice. Attendees will circulate freely around the room, engaging in one-on-one or small group discussions. The session will last 75 minutes and the discussions will be driven by the questions, concerns, and circumstances attendees bring to you.


Submissions will be evaluated for:

Proposals from community colleges, minority-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), overseas host institutions, one-person offices, and newer colleagues are strongly encouraged.

The deadline to submit proposals for Best Practice Laboratories is September 6, 2019.