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The Forum on Education Abroad is an institutional membership association. Under the institutional membership, all employees of the member institution—staff, administrators, faculty, etc.—may take advantage of Forum membership benefits. One such benefit is log-in access to The Forum’s online member resources. Online resources include the Standards Toolboxes, Curriculum Toolbox, Outcomes Toolbox, The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center, and more. Each employee at a Forum member institution is permitted to request log-in information.
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Graduate students at a member institution are also permitted to request log-in access. Graduate students will be asked to provide expected date of graduation before access is granted.
Membership Renewal Payments
Forum membership is based on The Forum’s fiscal year cycle (July 1 – June 30). Renewal invoices are typically sent via email to institutional representatives in April/May and renewal payments are due by the end of July.
To pay an invoice from The Forum on Education Abroad, click the button below to pay via a secure online payment form. If you have any questions or concerns about your renewal invoice, you may contact The Forum’s finance director at +1 717-245-1031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dear Forum Members,
The Forum on Education Abroad is sincerely grateful for your membership in 2019-2020 and your efforts to ensure quality education abroad experiences for all students. It has been heartbreaking to see the pandemic’s impact on our field, yet we feel so much pride in the care and consideration demonstrated for students, including both their physical safety and academic continuity. While student mobility may be paused for the time being, our advocacy for the field and hard work must continue, and The Forum is committed to supporting you through the challenges ahead.
We understand that our member institutions and organizations are managing priorities, restricting budgets, and facing difficult decisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our hope that you will prioritize your Forum membership and the value that it provides your institution.
- As the Standards Development Organization for education abroad, The Forum recently published the 6th Edition of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, which includes updated guidance on key issues and members-only resources.
- The Forum is in the process of developing new guidance on virtual exchanges and global learning online, and best practice examples are already available to members on the Forum website.
- After successfully pivoting this year’s Annual Conference to a virtual format, The Forum will continue to offer virtual trainings and events throughout year, at a reduced cost for members, to provide much-needed occasions for timely discussion, critical thinking, and professional development.
- The Forum continues to add to its list of COVID-19 resources and services, which have included free webinars (and recordings) to address COVID-19 response and challenges, a tool to track program cancellations, and complimentary individual membership for colleagues who have been laid off from Forum member institutions as a result of the pandemic.
- Institutional membership benefits are available to ALL employees of your organization, including reduced fees and log-in access to resources.
As you may know, The Forum just recently updated its mission statement:
The Forum on Education Abroad cultivates educators who champion high quality education abroad experiences that ignite curiosity, impact lives, and contribute to a better world.
This mission inspires us. We are inspired to continue this work even in the most challenging of times; yet The Forum needs the support and contributions of its members to continue that mission. We too have been forced to reduce our expenses and tighten our budget, but your membership dues will allow us to continue offering the highest level of training and services.
We invite you now to renew your institutional membership in The Forum for 2020-2021, to support The Forum’s new mission, to contribute to the standardization of best practices in the field, to stay connected with colleagues, and to develop the professional expertise of you and your staff. If your institution or organization can’t afford to pay its dues in full at this time, please contact us so that we can try to accommodate your needs.
Today’s global health crisis has highlighted the need, now more than ever, for community, dialogue, and best practices. What has always been and remains true about The Forum’s community of members is the support that we offer each other and the benefit this provides to the field. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with you in 2020-2021 as we continue to champion high quality education abroad.
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New Member Benefit! Subscription Service for DailyChatter
The Forum has partnered with DailyChatter, an independent and non-partisan international daily newsletter that curates some of the most interesting and important global developments and prepares a conversational, easy-to-read report. Through this partnership, The Forum is excited to offer its institutional members—including staff, faculty, and students—a free subscription to the DailyChatter.
Log in and access the subscription link in the Members Resources toolbox below. I encourage you to share this link with all staff, faculty, and students at your institution or organization. Also available in the toolbox is a sample email that can be customized and distributed to your students to promote this benefit, as well as Facebook and Instagram graphics that can be used to promote DailyChatter via social media or other digital communications.
According to DailyChatter’s 2019 readership survey: 37% of students said they read DailyChatter every day—almost triple the national average for media newsletters—and 73% said they read it three or more times a week. 96% of students said that DailyChatter increased their knowledge of the world and 83% said they were likely or highly likely to share DailyChatter with friends, family and fellow students.
The Forum is excited to offer this new benefit to its members to help build global awareness and literacy across campuses. DailyChatter’s mission is to help college and university students know the world better, a goal that The Forum certainly shares.
Quality Assurance & Professional Development
- Reduced fees for The Forum’s NEW Consulting services, which can be tailored to your needs in crisis management, health and safety, office administration, new program development, and more;
- Reduced fees for staff members to earn The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad, and no fee for Certification maintenance;
- Discounted registration for all staff members at The Forum’s Annual and European conference, Standards Institutes, and Forum workshops;
- The ability for staff members to apply for the Ron Koehn Grant Award, Annual Conference travel grants and European Conference travel grants to help fund conference participation;
- Participation in members-only webinars and discounted registration for other topic-based webinars throughout the year;
Resources & Research
- Ability for all faculty and staff members at the institution/organization to have log-in access to The Forum’s online resources, which include:
- Standards Toolboxes, which provide vetted materials contributed by members to aid your institution in implementing the Standards of Good Practice;
- The Curriculum Toolbox, an online resource center for faculty and administrators to share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad;
- The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center, a collaboration between The Forum and The New York Times in Education;
- Free access to the Critical Incident Database (CID), a secure, user-friendly tool that can be used to track critical incidents that occur while students are off-campus, including reportable information as required by the Clery Act, Title IX, and VAWA;
- Access to NYTimes.com and NYTimes Smartphone Apps for all of your students studying abroad at the cost of $1.10 per year, per student, with a minimum charge of $1,000;
- The ability to post open positions on ForumJobs: The Forum’s online job board service;
- Participation in Forum-sponsored research projects and surveys;
- Free subscription service to the DailyChatter to share with staff, faculty and students at your institution or organization;
Participation & Visibility
- Participation in a community of institutions and organizations committed to applying best practices in the field and advocating for quality education abroad for students;
- Participation in a network of colleagues and peers committed to learning best practices, discussing common challenges, and networking with other professionals in the field;
- Participation in the development of standards and guidelines for the field of education abroad;
- Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at Forum events;
- Opportunities to host regional Forum workshops;
- The opportunity for staff members to apply to be a Forum Trained Facilitator, Certification Assessor, or QUIP Peer Reviewer;
- The opportunity to nominate students for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad;
- The opportunity to nominate colleagues for the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award.
- Use of The Forum membership logo on your institution’s website and in publications.
2019-2020 Membership Revisions
The Forum Board and leadership have convened a task force to streamline the structure and categories for Forum membership. The membership structure has not been amended since 2011 and The Forum’s continued growth and evolution present the opportunity to readdress the definitions and categories to better serve our members.
The task force is working under the following guiding principles:
- To provide clear, simple, and fair categories that reflect the institutional diversity of our membership;
- To better allow for participation of institutions and organizations based outside of the U.S.;
- To expand opportunities for membership by individuals and organizations affiliated with the field;
- To engage institutions that are currently underrepresented in the membership.
Revisions to the membership structure will be rolled out in phases over the next two years, with the first set of approved changes going into effect for the 2019-2020 membership year. Subsequently, the membership structure and fees will be reviewed on a two-year cycle to ensure that The Forum continues to engage and meet the needs of its diverse membership.
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