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RESIDENCE LIFE TRAINING PROGRAMS have evolved over
the past quarter century, yet few studies have explored
how changes in training impact the preparation and
retention of staff. Utilizing a mixed-method design of
survey and interview data with housing professionals
trained since 1993, this study explores trends in residence
life training and offers recommendations to improve and
enhance future training content and delivery methods.

. . . assistantship
experience,
demonstrated
helping skills,

Difficulties in recruiting and retaining entry level staff in university housing and residence life is clearly documented (Wilson,
2008). Key to this recruitment and retention challenge is training
and development. Training for residence life staff has been modified
through the years depending on what current issues staff experience
and what types of concerns residential students bring to campus
each year. In addition, the way training programs have evolved also
relates to new methods of presentation and delivery. From a historical viewpoint, there have been no studies that examine how training program development, topics, and delivery have changed over
time. This research provides information about the topics covered
and methods used to deliver training to early career residence life
staff over a twenty-five year period and shares recommendations for
ways to improve these training programs.

commitment
to diversity,
and practicum
experience during
graduate work,
coupled with a
master's degree in
student personnel/
student affairs are
the most highly

A HISTORICAL REVIEW OF RESIDENCE
LIFE TRAINING
As the student affairs and housing professions have evolved, so
too have the competencies necessary for continuous growth and
success in the field. The understanding of competencies and their
relation to the individual success of professionals in housing and
residence life has also changed over the last 30 years (Beebe, Brouillard-Bruce, Golz, Harrison, & Iwamiya, 2018). Along with the
understanding of competencies, training and professional development programs have become primary vehicles for early career residence life staff to develop these competencies. As Cooper, Mitchell
Jr., Eckerle, and Martin (2016) stated, "Graduate preparation pro-

favored traits
when reviewing
applicants for
entry-level
positions in
student affairs.

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