STC CLE Coordinator Published in Special Issue Responding to COVID-19
Staff at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus Center for Learning Excellence (CLE) have been published by peer reviewed journals about higher education’s response to the novel coronavirus in 2020. Selections by Regina, Mason reflect the trials and triumphs the NAH CLE has encountered throughout the COVID 19 crisis.
STC staff are among a select group of learning center leaders from across the United States who contributed to a vital collection of essays about higher education’s response to the novel coronavirus in 2020.
Regina Mason, Center for Learning Excellence (CLE) Campus Coordinator at South Texas College’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus was selected as a contributor for a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, The Learning Assistance Review, which was released on Oct. 1.
The issue entitled Rising to the Challenge: Navigating COVID-19 as Higher Education Learning Center Leaders is published by the National College Learning Center Association, and shares the stories of how forty-eight learning centers addressed the pandemic to serve their students.
“My main focus, when starting my writing submission was that the pandemic has presented so many opportunities for growth at South Texas College,” Mason said. “Incredible innovations, ideas, and solutions have materialized as the result of pandemic challenges.
“As educators, STC has worked as a team to ensure student success,” Mason said. “Collaboration, communication, and student focus brought together so many wonderful departments and individuals from our STC family.”
In March of 2020, the COVID-19 crisis affected higher education and changed how learning centers operated, forcing leaders to develop new ways to reach students and support their college communities. The coronavirus continued to challenge them during the summer and fall semesters.
“The pandemic has reaffirmed my belief that STC is made up of heroes. No one person could have done this alone – we are truly a community that have come together to help each other succeed.”
Mason said her pieces reflect the trials and triumphs the NAH CLE has encountered throughout the COVID 19 crisis. The NAH CLE team is made up of 21 exceptional tutors, the majority of whom are working on the frontlines in our hospitals, she said.
“The pandemic has reaffirmed my belief that STC is made up of heroes,” she said. “No one person could have done this alone – we are truly a community that have come together to help each other succeed.”
Mason received her associate degree in English at STC and went on to complete a bachelor’s in English and master’s in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies with an emphasis in teaching.
She has over ten years of experience working in education and learning support services, and has been with the CLE since 2017. Her student focus and commitment to academic success are what drives her educational innovations and methodology.
The National College Learning Center Association is a community that works and supports learning center leaders across the world. Focusing on the leadership of learning centers in higher education, NCLA offers a popular annual conference and institute, frequent webinars, newsletter, a podcast, and the journal, now in its 25th year.