Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
In conjunction with our Title III Grant, the primary mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) is to provide faculty with the pedagogical support needed to expand the use of high-impact teaching and learning practices that yield higher levels of retention, persistence, and achievement of institutional/program learning outcomes.
Resources and Services
In order to bring the mission of our CTLE to fruition, we will be offering a variety of resources and services to you this semester:
Lunch and Learn Series
Learn about new best practices from our colleagues who have attended various teaching and learning conferences throughout the country. This semester, we will discuss the pedagogy of community engagement, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, best practices for using experiential learning and engaging underserved students in the classroom, and many other innovative topics to enhance your teaching.
Teaching and Learning Conferences
In conjunction with our Title III Grant, we will be providing faculty members more opportunities to attend various virtual and face-face conferences in the coming months.
More information regarding the agenda and locations will be forthcoming.
We have created a new Title III Grant sponsored pedagogy library with a number of new titles related to best practices for teaching and learning. Next month, we will start a bi-weekly book club discussion on certain titles relevant to current UHV pedagogy issues, which may provide faculty a starting point for conversations about teaching and learning and consider new ideas to enhance your current teaching practices.
More information regarding check-out procedures and book club meeting times will be forthcoming.
BRIDGE to Brilliance
BRIDGE to Brilliance (B2B) is a monthly series of personal growth seminars that offer ALL Jaguars and members of the community tools to successfully fast-track their careers and improve personal wellbeing. Participants learn and share ways to stand out and get ahead, including breaking into the career of their dreams, thinking like an entrepreneur, finding fulfilment and personal peace, and using challenge to their advantage. Indeed, there is a BRIDGE for everyone! This is another excellent opportunity for faculty to enhance their professional development and create partnerships that infuse community engagement and experiential learning opportunities into your curriculum.
For more information, check out the BTB YouTube channel: Bridge to Brilliance - YouTube.
The Innovation Collective
UHV’s partnership with the Innovation Collective (IC) gives faculty access to professional development workshops, seminars, and conferences hosted by IC personnel that enhance the quality of our teaching and research. In addition, UHV faculty are connected to local companies and industry professionals that they can partner with on service and experiential learning opportunities. In the coming weeks, we will be hosting several IC events right here on campus.
For more information on IC, please check out their website: https://www.innovationcollective.co/
Houston Guided Pathways to Success
UHV is part of the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) consortium, which is developing and implementing detailed pathways designed to boost on-time graduation rates through timely, structured and seamless transfer of course credits among the initiative’s partners; ultimately, increasing postsecondary attainment, while building a culture of timely graduation. This semester there will be several opportunities for UHV faculty to work collaboratively with other GPS colleagues on academic maps that provide students with a guideline to complete their major courses within four years, broad clusters of majors that help students choose an appropriate college path and career faster, and new math course requirements better aligned to intended majors.
For more information, visit the Houston GPS webpage: Houston Guided Pathways to Success | University of Houston-Victoria (uhv.edu)
The use of Navigate by our faculty has been extremely useful in maximizing student success. As a result of faculty completing progress reports last year, we achieved a 18% increase in retention of at-risk students as well as a 79% increase in identifying at risk students. Moreover, these interventions give students the opportunity to make necessary adjustments to their academic performance through the use of tutoring, peer mentoring, success coaching, academic advising, and increased communication with faculty and staff at UHV. More information about Navigate will be coming to you from Randall Jasek
If you would like to find out more about the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence contact Woodrow Wagner.