Standards of Good Practice Institutes

Standards of Good Practice Institutes are often held in conjunction with The Forum’s annual conferences or as stand-alone events. The Institute is a small-scale, one-day conference on a particular Forum Standard, and its schedule includes concurrent sessions, lunch plenary and reception. The primary purpose of Standards Institutes is to offer participants the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice and hone their skills in implementing them.

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9th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Call for Proposals

The Forum on Education Abroad announces a call for session proposals for the 9th Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,” which will be hosted by Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, on June 20, 2018.

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 15, 2018.

Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. Education abroad professionals gather each year at this Standards Institute to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices of education abroad risk management, including regulatory compliance.

The practical, hands-on focus will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will assist participants to improve their institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, and incident prevention and response.

The goals of the Institute are to:

  • Deepen knowledge and understanding of Standard 8, Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management;
  • Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet this Standard by analyzing what the Standard requires and sharing examples of best practices;
  • Explore approaches from within as well as outside the field of education abroad; and
  • Enhance the overall safety and security of education abroad programs for the benefit of all participants.

The Institute is designed to address the needs of experienced practitioners in the area of risk management in education abroad. Institute participants are expected to have more than a basic knowledge of the topics involved and therefore proposals should reflect an advanced level of understanding and practice. Some sessions will be led by invited experts both from within and from outside the education abroad field, however the majority of sessions will be chosen through a competitive selection process. Themes of interest to the Institute include but are not limited to:

  • How do codes of conduct and disciplinary measures work to enhance safety?
  • How have successful partnerships across organizations utilized the expertise of professionals outside of education abroad to develop best practices?
  • Where can smaller offices at smaller organizations with fewer resources at their disposal go for assistance in addressing risk management concerns in education abroad? What are some of the best practices for smaller offices to provide a high level of services to students and their families when a crisis hits?
  • What can the field of education abroad learn from other industries that have significant experience with safety and risk management (e.g., adventure education, the military, marine safety, air travel, or international NGOs [Habitat for Humanity, Engineers without Borders, Save the Children, etc.])?
  • What “words of wisdom” can be shared to develop more refined models of risk management in education abroad?
  • When education abroad programs serve specific populations, such as non-traditional students (for example: older students, veterans, nonimmigrant students, and LGBTQ students), or students on non-credit bearing travel (for example: athletes, service trips, musical groups), are there specific best practices in health, safety and risk management that should be applied?
  • In what contexts might U.S. federal regulations (Clery, Title IX, etc.) apply abroad and what are the best practices for compliance?
  • What is the role of essential eligibility criteria in selecting students to participate in education abroad? What are best practices for dealing with pre-existing (both disclosed and non-disclosed) conditions and what are the implications for health, safety and ADA compliance?

Session Format and Proposals
The majority of sessions are expected to follow The Forum’s distinctive roundtable format; however, the Institute Planning Committee will consider session proposals that utilize other formats, including panel presentations. Successful proposals will describe in detail how the proposed session will broaden and deepen participants’ knowledge and understanding of Standard 8 on “Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management” and hone their skills in implementing it.

How to Submit a Proposal
Session proposals should be submitted via the online form before midnight (11:59pm EST) on January 15, 2018.


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2018 Standards Institute Planning Committee

Chris Daniel, Michigan State University (co-chair)
Maureen Gordon, Arcadia University (co-chair)
Sabuur Abdul-Kareem, Delaware County Community College
Bill Bull, CIEE
Liz Campanella, Villanova University
Jane Flaherty, Texas A&M University
Todd Homes, MIT
Eryn Kudzinski, IFSA Butler
Ron Machoian, University of Wisconsin
Sara Sequin, Temple University
Nick Vazquez, The College of William & Mary
Lisa Zimmaro, Temple University