Faculty Connection

NEW: Faculty can now use the "raise a flag" feature in Starfish to refer a student for CLE tutoring.

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 may request presentations and tours, inquire about Supplemental Instruction, and refer students to apply for a job as a tutor or Supplemental Instruction Leader. 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 three types of collaborations listed below. All presentations are currently held virtually, and can be done via Zoom or your course Blackboard. 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
  • Faculty Volunteer Tutoring - this is to make yourself available to perform college service hours or offer to host office hours at the CLE.

Request Collaboration

Refer a Student

You can use our online form to 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. You can also raise a flag in Starfish to refer a student for tutoring.

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 collaboration request form has a Meeting with CLE Staff section where faculty can request Supplemental Instruction for their course. Click on the button to be directed to the request form.

Test proctoring services have been suspended until further notice. Students will need to arrange make-up testing directly with their instructors.

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.
  • To ensure accommodations for all students, a maximum of 5 students per exam will be allowed. Additional requests for the same exam may be denied, pending campus space availability.

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.
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