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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10th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

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

Thursday, June 27, 2019
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

The Forum on Education Abroad’s 10th Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, will be hosted by the University of San Francisco on June 27, 2019.

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.

Plenary Speaker: Scott DuffyHeadshot of Scott Duffy, plenary speaker for the 10th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

Scott Duffy is a TV/Online Personality, Business Growth Expert and Founder of The Breakthrough Mastermind. He began his career working for best-selling author and speaker, Tony Robbins, and went on to work for several small businesses that became big media brands like CBS Sportsline, NBC Internet, and Next, he founded Smart Charter, an online booking tool for private aviation, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. He has been listed as a “Top 10 Keynote Speaker” by Entrepreneur, and has spoken at the NYSE and provided commentary in numerous media outlets including CNBC, FOX News, and CBS Radio. He is the Co-Host of “Business & Burgers” and Best-Selling Author of “Breakthrough,” a roadmap for building great companies.

Scott Duffy’s mission is to help people live their dreams through entrepreneurship. He uses his television and online channels, speaking platforms, best-selling books, masterminds and coaching programs to serve as a catalyst for creating breakthroughs in your life and business. He leads the conversations that spark new ideas, innovations, and help the world’s top entrepreneurs and innovators achieve exponential growth.

In his plenary session, Scott will offer his insight on staying resilient, energized, positive and grounded while working through challenging issues that impact the field of education abroad. He will offer unique tools on building coalitions to overcome obstacles, remaining focused while juggling competing priorities and measuring risk and reward in decision-making. The session will energize the audience to re-commit to addressing some of the biggest challenges to supporting students studying abroad, building resilience within ourselves, our universities and our students.



Registration is now open!


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Registration Type Early-bird Fee
(Feb 28 – April 26)
Regular Fee
(April 28 – May 24)
Late Fee
(May 26 – June 27)
MEMBER $300 $330 $360
NON-MEMBER $350 $380 $410

A group discount is available to Forum member organizations who are registering four or more (paying) Standards Institute participants.

Refund policyRefund requests for the Standards Institute made prior to 60 days before the Institute will be fully refunded, minus a 10% processing fee. Requests made less than 60 days but more than 20 days before the Institute will be refunded at 50%. No refunds will be made less than 20 days before the institute. Requests for refunds must be made in writing to


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?

2019 Standards Institute Planning Committee

Chris Daniel, Michigan State University (co-chair)
Allyn Nobles, The University of San Francisco (co-chair)
Christina Carroll, Florida State University
Adrian Doyle, Stanford University
Todd Holmes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Leanne Johnson, University of Maryland
Ron Machoian, University of Wisconsin
Robin Reliford, International Studies Abroad (ISA)
Philip Van Saun, UC San Diego
Nick Vazquez, The College of William & Mary
Delisle Warden, Skyline College