Sunday, July 5, 2009

FEA Studying Safety incidents

The Forum on Education Abroad says it's looking for institutions to help with a pilot study of health, safety and security incidents that threaten the welfare of students outside the United States.

FEA hopes to develop a database that will track various types of incidents that occur on study abroad programs.

“By documenting and learning what incidents occur in study abroad, the field will be better prepared to refine protocols for health, safety, security, and risk management, and continue to develop and disseminate effective best practices,” the organization says at its Web site. “Moreover, the field will be better able to understand factors that contribute to incidents, and thereby be prepared to mitigate and plan for risk, as well as utilize resources more strategically.”

Only Forum member schools may participate, and the organization says it hopes that as many members as possible will take part. Applications for schools interested in participating can be found at the study site and are due by Aug. 7.

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