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Training, Education, and Development Activities


Leadership Training 


Training involves those activities designed to improve performance of the individual in the role presently occupied or that are concretely focused at helping the individual being trained to translate some newly learned skill, or information, to a real and immediate situation. Examples of training include programs for the preparation of residence hall student staff, student government, student judicial board members, community service volunteers, and employment.


Leadership Education


Education program elements are designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of specific leadership theories, concepts, and models. Education occurs as students gain information in their present roles that serves ultimately to provide generalized theories, principles, and approaches to prepare them for future leadership responsibilities. The student leadership program should explore the processes by which decisions affecting students, faculty, and staff are made. Examples of education include a course on leadership and politics and a seminar on the evolution of leadership theories.


Development Activities


Development requires an environment which empowers students to mature and develop toward greater levels of leadership complexity, integration, and proficiency over a period of time. Developmental activities promote positive behavioral, cognitive, and affective outcomes. Examples of developmental activities include peer mentoring and peer leadership consultant programs.


Multiple delivery methods and contexts


A comprehensive leadership program must involve a diverse range of faculty, students, and staff members in the delivery of programs and must recognize the diverse contexts of leadership.   Regular assessment of the developmental levels and needs of participants must be conducted to implement multiple delivery strategies and contexts.


Examples of delivery methods include internships, panel discussions, movies, lectures, mentor programs, adventure training, and participation in local, regional, and national associations.  Examples of contexts for leadership include diverse academic and career fields, campus organizations and committees, employment setting, community involvement, family settings, international settings, and social and religious organizations in both formal and informal positions.


CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, 2003