Standards of Good Practice Institutes

The Standards of Good Practice 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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11th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

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

Thursday, June 18, 2020
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

The Forum on Education Abroad’s 11th Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, will be hosted by the University of Michigan on June 18, 2020.

Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the 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.

2020 Standards Institute Planning Committee

  • Patrick Morgan, University of Michigan (co-chair)
  • Kyle Rausch, Purdue University Northwest (co-chair)
  • Brooke Galloway, SAPRI Consulting
  • Staci Hagen, University of California Education Abroad Program
  • Rachel Helwig, Amizade
  • Todd Holmes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rochelle Keesler, Lafayette College
  • Natalie A. Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Jessica Miller, The University of Texas System
  • Morgan Morris, University of South Carolina
  • Erica Nikolaisen, Penn State
  • Mark Odenwelder, The Forum Council
  • Wendy Pedersen, University of Southern California
  • Rachel Reuter, University of Michigan
  • Seth Tucker, Syracuse University

Stay tuned for more information!


About the Institute

Attendees participating in discussion at the Standards Institute

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 may 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. Particular themes of interest to this Institute include:

  • How to build resiliency for students, programs and ourselves as practitioners in a stressful environment?
  • 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 the systems that can be used to create efficiencies and to standardize otherwise routine processes.
  • 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 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?