Publication Date

Spring 5-2-2020

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


Student leadership positions such as Orientation Leaders are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the incoming diverse population of students attending an institution each year, making it essential for professionals within higher education institution to adapt their leadership development curriculum to the students they serve. Leadership development curriculum often neglects the development of group dynamics as an essential part of the learning process, an issue that has been observed in my experience. The purpose of my action research project was to explore my work as the Orientation Graduate Assistant as I assist in creating and facilitating the leadership training curriculum for Orientation Leaders representing Revelle College at the University of California San Diego to ultimately achieve student learning outcomes. I explored the following question in my research: How can I, as the Orientation graduate assistant, develop and facilitate intentional programming within the training curriculum to achieve student learning outcomes? The findings of my research indicate that co-creating and adapting the Orientation Leader training curriculum to meet the needs of each student leader, individually, and collectively as a team, allows student learning and leadership development to flourish; ultimately achieving student learning outcomes.