International Professional Development Partnerships


Educational Programs – Institutes & Training


University of the Western CapeThe Department of Educational Leadership, Higher Education Programs has partnered with the University of the Western Cape in South Africa as well as the South African Association of Senior Student Affairs Professionals (SAASSAP) to assist with the professional training and preparation in student affairs administration and establishing formal educational programs. C-REAL has conducted research in collaboration with SAASSAP on the current status of South African student affairs professionals in regards to professional preparation, needs for the profession, and interest in formal preparation programs. Results will help us develop and implement further training, development, and international exchange. An outgrowth of initial assessment has led to the development of a new Ph.D. program in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs at the University of the Western Cape. C-REAL will conduct an evaluation of this program to help guide curriculum development and future collaborations.

Previous Partnerships include:


The Russian Higher Education Leadership Institute was created to build a partnership between the College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership, and the Regional Open Social Institute (ROSI) and other Russian colleges and universities. Both Coastline College District and Chapman University have been partners in this program that has offered Russian educational leaders a comprehensive examination of US education systems.  A team of College of Education faculty traveled to Russia, presented seminars in three different regions, and met with schools and colleges in three major cities, including Moscow. Institute/seminar sessions included lectures from higher education experts representative of the diversity of institutions that comprise US higher education. The next step in this effort is to offer the US and Russian Cooperative Symposium on Educational Partnerships for Research and Practice to solidify an ongoing partnership with ROSI and other educational agencies in Russia, as well as research collaborations in special education, reading and educational leadership.


This is the first of three phases for a Training the Trainer Seminar focusing on research in higher education, teaching and learning.  The first phase of this training will provide an overview of higher education, research, leadership and management theory, teaching, student learning and development, and assessment and evaluation in educational settings.

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