College Reading and Learning Association Honors LSU’s Saundra McGuire
Award recognizes the work of the LSU Center for Academic Success
BATON ROUGE – Saundra McGuire and the LSU Center for Academic Success have received national recognition by the College Reading and Learning Association, or CRLA. McGuire, assistant vice chancellor for learning, teaching and retention and Department of Chemistry professor, was given the CRLA Distinguished Teaching Award during the organization’s national meeting in November.
CRLA awards one Distinguished Teaching Award annually to a member of the association who exemplifies teaching and learning as a lifelong journey. A recipient of this high honor provides students with a clear model of enthusiastic, knowledgeable and compassionate teaching and encourages their students to persevere and achieve interdependence. CRLA presents this award to honor achievement, to provide models of exemplary teaching for those new to the profession and to encourage all CRLA members to continue their professional development.
McGuire was nominated for the award by Karon Mathews, executive director of the Student Learning Center at Texas A&M University and 2010 president of CRLA. As part of the nomination packet, Mathews included the following quote from one of McGuire’s students who is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry.
“Dr. McGuire, you are my academic angel,” the student wrote. “You encouraged me and helped me to regain confidence in myself when I felt that I was falling short. I believe you were placed in my life to remind me that I am capable of achieving what statistics say that I am not. For that, I am grateful. Thank you for investing in my future and seeing beyond who I am on a transcript.”
McGuire was honored for the work accomplished by the LSU Center for Academic Success, or CAS, where she had previously served as director. CAS has the goal of providing LSU students with the academic support they need to maximize their success in the courses they take. As LSU’s central learning center, CAS enhances the learning and teaching experience by empowering individuals with effective, transferable strategies and resources.
CAS focuses on three areas: learning strategies education and consultation, academic support, and instructional support. Learning strategies education and consultations empower students and faculty with proven strategies to help increase academic performance. Content specific academic support provides resources such as tutoring and supplemental instruction to assist students succeed in historically difficult courses. Instructional support is provided for faculty who wish to assist students increase their learning potential.
The Center for Academic Success has helped thousands of LSU students achieve academic success and accomplish their goals, and was named the 2004–2005 Outstanding Learning Center in the nation by the National College Learning Center Association. For more information, visit http://cas.lsu.edu/.
CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring and mentoring at the college/adult level. CRLA is inherently diverse in membership. CRLA’s most vital function and overall purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members. Members give practical application to their research and promote the implementation of innovative strategies to enhance student learning. In a spirit of community, members share their own successful experiences with others so that all may benefit.
For more information, visit www.crla.net.