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Student Life Director Represents TSTC in New York

Thursday, August 1, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

AdeleFor a brief moment, Adele Clinton and Texas State Technical College were at the top of the heap in New York, New York.

Clinton, the Director of Student Life, was asked to make a presentation at an Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Conference last week in New York. Clinton submitted her presentation and was notified in early May that she was selected as one of the presenters at the conference.

Clinton’s educational session focused on ensuring students learned outside of the classroom and the assessment of co-curricular activities.

“It was definitely humbling,”said  Clinton, agraduate of Lyford High School. “In my session, I was presenting to colleagues from colleges like Purdue University and Penn State University and I was telling them what we’re doing here at TSTC. And I can say that we’re at the forefront of assessing student learning outcomes in the nation. And that’s pretty amazing.”

Recently TSTC purchased six android tablets for Clinton and her staff to use in the assessment process, she said. During the Spring semester alone, Clinton’s staff assessed 18 events. Results from the assessments are on the Student Life web site, www.tstc.edu/harlingenstudentlife/eventassessments.

Clinton submitted her presentation about one month prior to getting selected to speak. She credited the vision of Vice President for Student Development Cathy Maples and the rest of the administration at TSTC for the opportunity to represent TSTC in New York.

The Office of Student Life has been conducting student assessment for about one year and is one of a handful of colleges across the country that’s using this method to keep track of student learning outside of the classroom, Clinton said.

“People like Cathy know the latest trends in student affairs,” Clinton said. “TSTC is at the forefront nationally. Just by a show of hands, there were very few colleges doing this type of assessment. So it’s definitely something to brag about.”

In her presentation, Clinton referred to a fashion show that the office of student life hosted on campus last spring. The show taught students about proper attire for different situations post college.

Following the fashion show, Clinton and her staff used the tablets to survey the students and assess what the students learned from the fashion show.

“Learning outside of the classroom is just as important for our students,” Clinton said. “We try to teach our students how to deal with people in social settings or with potential employers. We’re teaching them something useful outside of the classroom and we’re proving that we’re doing it through our assessment.”

This was Clinton’s third trip to the Big Apple for the APCA Conference and she hopes to continue representing TSTC and Harlingen in New York in the future.

“It was a very validating moment for me,” Clinton said. “It reassured me that I am where I should be.”

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