Education Abroad (EA)


Developing a Risk Tolerance Matrix for Education Abroad

Wednesday, May 31
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
LACC, Room 515B

This session focuses on the development of a risk tolerance matrix that schools and organizations can use to determine whether or not to offer specific programs. A sample matrix that includes current events is used to demonstrate how to best respond to ambiguous situations for programs in both traditional and more remote locations.

Learning Objectives:

Adam Rubin

International Education Consultant

Adam Rubin has worked in the field of international education for over 25 years, including more than 20 years with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). He is the former Executive Director for Program Development and Evaluation at CIEE and also served as Senior Program Director for programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, Director of Campus Relations, and Resident Director of the CIEE Study Center in Japan. Adam is a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps, former member of the NAFSA Health and Safety Subcommittee, and a member of the Forum on Education Abroad Standards Committee. He served for two years as a member of the planning committee for the Forum Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, and Security.” Adam also served as a board member for the World Affairs Council of Maine. He has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of issues and topics, including program development, health, safety, and security issues, community engagement, and managing programs in non-traditional locations. Adam received his MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and a BA in Economics from Whitman College.


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Bill Bull

Vice President- Risk Management
CIEE Council on International Educational Exchange

Mr. Bull served with distinction as Peace Corps Country Director in Madagascar earning several prestigious awards including the John F. Kennedy Award, several Meritorious Honor Awards and was knighted by the Malagasy Government into the Ordre National de Merit, rank Chevalier, for his service in Madagascar. His term ended February 28, 2008. In April 2008, Bill joined the Office of Safety/Security as the East Africa/East Indian Ocean Safety and Security Officer. As Regional Safety and Security Officer Bill was involved with multiple complex emergencies involving both individuals and whole programs and received several Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards.


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Bill Frederick

Founder and Director
Lodestone Safety International

Bill is Founder and Principal of Lodestone Safety International. He served as Director of Safety at The School for Field Studies (SFS) for eight years. He has served as Project Leader for the Forum on Education Abroad’s pilot incident database and as Co-Chair for several consecutive Forum Standards Institutes on Health, Safety, and Security. He has led numerous international safety reviews and worked for 16 years with Outward Bound. As a Senior Instructor and faculty committee member for Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA), he has taught emergency medicine to educators, rescue teams, and international service organizations in over a dozen countries and designed WMA’s Travel Medicine First Aid course. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) since 1988 and received a Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2011. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado and an M.Ed from Harvard University.


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