Date

6-2016

Degree Name

BA in Communication Studies

Department

Communication Studies Department

Advisor(s)

Julia K. Woolley

Abstract

This study examined the effects of California Polytechnic State University’s Spring Training Program for student Orientation Leaders on participants. Specifically, the present research explored the impact of the programming on participant levels of self-efficacy over the course of ten weeks. Data were collected from individuals who volunteered to partake in the research by responding to two questionnaires throughout the program. The results show that participants’ reported higher perceptions of self-efficacy at the end of the program than they did at the beginning. Further, such increases are significantly influenced by the performance of, and relationships with, prominent leaders within the program. Implications for similar programs seeking to increase levels of participant self-efficacy are discussed.