Faculty Connection

Welcome to the Centers for Learning Excellence at South Texas College. Promoting student success requires collaboration with faculty.  We hope you find some time to help us become an invaluable resource for your students.

Below are CLE services that instructors can utilize and contribute to. You are able to request presentations & tours, incorporate supplemental instruction into your courses, refer students from your class to apply for a job as a tutor or supplemental instruction leader, as well as request test proctoring for students who need to make-up a missed test. If you have any questions about the information below, please feel free to contact the CLE Coordinator at your campus.

Collaboration Supplemental Instruction Test Proctoring

The CLE offers many opportunities to work with faculty in support of student success. We look forward to working with all faculty to help make the CLE an important resource for every student. Faculty and staff can request one of the following three types of collaborations listed below. Click the presentation titles to view the descriptions.

  • Student Presentation - this is geared towards a classroom setting or for group orientations
  • Faculty/Staff Presentation - this is geared towards department meetings, trainings, new hire orientations, academies, etc.
  • Meeting with CLE Staff - this is to request classroom support (tutor, SI Leader, academic coach), volunteer to be a faculty tutor, or work with the CLE staff to add/enhance their services

Request Collaboration

Refer a Student

You can refer a student to receive tutoring or academic coaching or to potentially become a tutor or Supplemental Instruction Leader. The student will be contacted by a CLE staff member to follow up on your referral.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted collaboration, group study, and interaction for assisting students in "traditionally difficult" courses, which have at least a 30% Fail/Withdraw rate. Students meet with their SI Leader after class lecture to review course material through the use of a variety of study techniques.

To best serve students, Supplemental Instruction should be viewed as one option to develop learning. SI is not meant to replace attending class, reading textbooks, or completing other course assignments. Like tutoring, learning communities, or instructor office hours, SI sessions are just one of the available resources that promote student success.

What should I expect from the SI Leader?

SI Leaders will:

  • Attend class sessions
  • Maintain a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades, and student complaints
  • Discourage students from attending SI as a substitute for class
  • Share SI materials with the cooperating faculty member before use, if possible
  • Provide feedback to the cooperating faculty member, if requested to do so

SI Leaders will NOT:

  • Re-lecture
  • Introduce new material
  • Answer emails to faculty
  • Grade or proctor assignments and/or exams
  • Discourage student from going to class
  • Teach the class in the instructor's absence
  • Hold SI sessions during lecture time

Request SI Support

The service request form has a collaboration section where faculty can request Supplemental Instruction for their course. Click on the button to be directed to the service request form page.

We provide individual, make-up testing opportunities for South Texas College students. Since seats are limited, faculty should attempt to provide make-up opportunities before arranging proctoring through the CLE. Exam procedures are outlined below.

Pre-Exam Procedures

  • Faculty must submit an online Test Proctoring Request Form at least 48 hours before the exam start date. Email and paper requests will not be processed.
  • Required materials (exam, Blackboard password, formula sheet, periodic table, etc.) should be attached to the request or delivered by the faculty to the CLE.
  • Faculty will receive a confirmation email from CLE staff if the request is approved. Faculty will be notified by the CLE if the request is denied.
  • Once a request is approved and the exam is on file, students must contact the CLE one day in advance to schedule their proctoring appointment.
  • Faculty are allowed one submission per section per week. Contact your campus CLE for modifications.
  • CLE policy allows for a maximum of five students per exam. The CLE does not conduct full class proctoring.

Post-Exam Procedures

  • Completed exams must be picked up by faculty at the campus CLE where the exam was proctored.
  • Unclaimed exams and exams printed for students who failed to show will be sent to records retention if not picked up by the end of the semester.

Request Test Proctoring

If you encounter difficulties while submitting an online test proctoring request, please contact the CLE Coordinator at the campus where the exam will be proctored.

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