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  • HETS Welcomes New Member Institution EDP College during its 2011 Winter Board Meeting From left to right: Manuel J. Fernós, Esq., HETS Secretary, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico; Dr. José J. Rivera, HETS Treasurer, President of the University of the Sacred Heart; Eng. Gladys T. Nieves, President of EDP College; Dr. Eduardo Martí, HETS Chairman, Vice Chancellor of the City University of New York; and Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director. The HETS Board of Directors officially welcomed EDP College as its newest institutional member during its January 2011 Board Meeting, celebrated at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, PR. As part of the activities scheduled in the agenda, EDP College’s President, Eng. Gladys T. Nieves, received a Certificate of Affiliation from the hands of HETS Chairman, Dr. Eduardo Martí, during a networking reception at Inter American University’s Law School facilities. EDP College is a postsecondary education institution in Puerto Rico characterized by a technological and socio-humanistic focus. With campuses in the municipalities of San Juan and San Sebastian, EDP is also recognized by a flexible, non-traditional educational design and the innovative use of information technologies both ...
  • HETS 2011 Winter Board Meeting Sets 2011-2014 Focus The HETS January Board of Directors Meeting was successfully held at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, PR on January 13 and 14. Besides allowing the discussion of the key accomplishments of the organization during the first semester of the 2010-2011 year, this meeting was crucial in setting the focus for the direction of the organization from 2011 through 2014. The next three years will continue to be essential in the continuous growth and development of the HETS Consortium and the capacity-building of its member institutions. After the evaluation and discussion of not only possibilities, but also current needs and future challenges, the Board decided to continue pursuing the accomplishment of the Consortium’s mission through three core areas of focus: access to postsecondary opportunities for Hispanics, retention of the Hispanic learner, and assessment of learning strategies for Hispanic Students. Representatives of 17 out of 29 member institutions present at the meeting agreed on the key role of the Boards Finance and Planning Committee, established during the past summer meeting, in guiding and supporting the development of specific objectives and ...
  • HETS Mission Reinforced by its First Major Corporate Partners HETS is pleased to announce that Ramona Munsell and Associates, Inc. (RMA), Blackboard Corporation (Bb) and Knowlity Corporation (KC) have become the first ever Major Corporate Partners, a commitment that extends throughout a three-year period, beginning late 2010. Major Corporate Partner is the highest category of the HETS Corporate Partnership Program, an initiative created to gather the support of organizations interested in endorsing and promoting the advancement of Hispanic higher education through technology innovations and educational technology opportunities. RMA’s, Bb’s and KC’s contributions will support the expansion of new programs and services for HETS member institutions, including professional development events, special educational workshops, the HETS Online Journal, and online tools, among others. They will also share news and resources with HETS members through the HETS Connection, other publications, and events. HETS Major Corporate Partners are carefully selected by the members of the Board of Directors as organizations that may collaborate and provide assertive services to colleges and universities that serve Hispanic students in Puerto Rico, United States, and Latin America. HETS has added a new section in its ...
  • HETS Channel in YouTube HETS Consortium welcomes you to its channel in YouTube. You will find excerpts from the recent HETS Online Journal Webinar and photo Galleries of activities sponsored by HETS and its members. Video clips of news and events of HETS member institutions and partners are also highlighted. The Consortium seeks to use this Channel as a vehicle of communication and sharing of recent events related to its mission. We have already subscribed to thirteen Channels of our member institutions. Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, states that “this is another example where technology can especially transform service delivery styles and open the doors to a larger spectrum of audiences. This medium fosters the expansion of a web of services and strengthens our capabilities to collaborate with one another in a world where it is increasingly necessary to create economies of scales in order to expand the possibilities of local learners and global learners.” We encourage our members who have a YouTube Channel to contribute by subscribing to our Channel and linking HETS TV Channel to your websites. Feel free to visit us at ...
  • HETS Appoints New Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator As you may know, during the past months, the HETS Office has been in search for a new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator to continue our work towards the goals of the Consortium. Last September 20, 2010, after striving to identify the most adept candidate, HETS hired Ms. Yelixa M. Castro-Cruz, MBA as the new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator. As you may know, during the past months, the HETS Office has been in search for a new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator to continue our work towards the goals of the Consortium. Last September 20, 2010, after striving to identify the most adept candidate, HETS hired Ms. Yelixa M. Castro-Cruz, MBA as the new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator. Ms. Castro-Cruz earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. She also holds a BBA in Marketing Management, with a minor in Public Communication from the University of Puerto Rico. For the past eight years, Yelixa Castro worked as Product Planner and Marketing Specialist in the Automotive Industry. She has ...
  • New Year, New Board Officers for HETS after 2010 Summer Meeting This summer’s HETS Board Meeting celebrated not only the end of one exciting and successful year, but also the closing of a three-year strategic plan term that brought many growth and development opportunities for the HETS Consortium. This Board meeting also gave place to the election of the HETS Board Officers for the next two years, which includes Dr. Eduardo Martí as the new Chairman of the Board. Also part of the new Executive Committee are Dr. José F. Méndez, elected Vice-Chair; Dr. José Jaime Rivera, elected Treasurer; Professor Nilda Nadal, reelected as Secretary for a second term; and Dr. Wendy Lawrence and Dr. Ivonne Chirino, both elected as regional representatives. In June 2010, HETS ended its three-year strategic plan period. During the meeting, the Board discussed HETS’s achievements during the past three years, and explored a series of key priorities for the years to come. Throughout the past three years, the organization reached impressive levels of self-sustainability and recognition. These years were also characterized by high involvement from Board members, faculty, staff, and other constituencies from member institutions. HETS’s ...
  • More than 25 Higher Education Institutions Gathered in HETS Technology Conference Last January 14 and 15, 2010, the Hispanic Educational Technology Services Consortium (HETS) celebrated its First Annual Best Practices Showcase: Celebrating Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education at the recently inaugurated Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in Miramar. “This is the first time the HETS Consortium gathers its 30 higher education member institutions to share their innovative initiatives and best practices in the integration of technology and education for the benefit of the academic community”, said HETS Executive Director Yubelkys Montalvo. Through more than 30 conferences by faculty and administrators from its member institutions, HETS celebrated the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and student support strategies in postsecondary education. Topics included new classroom technologies, innovative learning support tools, collaboration tools, and the integration of social networks to the learning process, among others. The event opened with an expert panel discussion with representatives from member institutions, including René Sainz, from the University of Texas at Brownsville; Ivonne Chirino, from Walden University; Juan Meléndez, from the University of Puerto Rico; and Judith García, from Miami Dade College. Overall, ...
  • HETS Celebrates 15 Years of Technology Initiatives in Higher Education On January 15, 2009, more than 20 college presidents from Puerto Rico and the United States gathered at the Ana G. Mendez University System’s Universidad del Este to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), the first bilingual consortium of colleges and universities that serves the needs of Hispanic higher education through the promotion of technology innovation. These leaders got together, as well, with outstanding corporate representatives and entrepreneurs supportive of the strategic vision of their institutions to show their interest in collaborating to improve the opportunities of Hispanic college students through the integration of technology initiatives into educational practices and support services.   “This was a very significant occasion for the colleges and universities that have found in this organization a space to propose, promote, and develop technology alternatives to satisfy the needs of their institutions, students, faculty, and personnel”, expressed Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director. As she added, “this celebration had further significance for the group of institutions and institutional Presidents who pioneered this project 15 years ago with the vision of collaboratively ...
  • January 2009 Board Meeting in San Juan This past January 15 and 16, 2009, HETS had a very successful Board Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with an exceptional attendance and active participation of 21 out of 27 institutional members. This meeting closed the first semester of the academic year 2008-2009, a very exciting year for the organization and its members, as it commemorated HETS’s 15th Anniversary. Main topics discussed during the meeting included: a report on activities performed by the HETS Regional Office in New York, as well as on Professional Development Events and other Special Events held this past semester; the status of the organizations and the various strategies performed to sustain the organization and serve its members; a detailed reports on the results of the work of HETS’s three strategic task forces; steps for the development of a HETS editorial publication; a review of the accomplishments and implementation status of the HETS Strategic Plan, as well as its organizational performance; and several other potential projects to be developed in order to foster the growth of the organization and provide members with access ...
  • Summer 08 Board Meeting Confirms New Big Projects Envisioned for HETS HETS June 2008 Board Meeting went far beyond a review of the recently concluded academic year and look at next steps. This active meeting, held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York on June 19 and 20, gave an overview of the new ventures that HETS will be taking on this year. HETS June 2008 Board Meeting went far beyond a review of the recently concluded academic year and look at next steps. This active meeting, held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York last June 19 and 20, gave an overview of the new ventures that HETS will be taking on this year. With the participation of 19 Board members and Board designated representatives, corporate member organizations, and other key institutional representatives, this summer’s Board meeting was a manifestation of the essence of this Consortium: an interactive space to envision new developments and propose new ways of advancing members’ missions toward student success. Some of the most significant results of this meeting were the official approval and designation of a HETS Regional office in ...
  • Student Support and Retention Roundtable in Ponce, Puerto Rico Last April 18, 2008, the HETS Consortium celebrated its Student Support Roundtable Discussion. This event, which took place at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, included the participation of teams from member institutions interested in developing institutional initiatives to support student retention and success through technology. The general purpose of this roundtable session was to assess, describe, and document existing efforts to strengthen the area of student support services among HETS member institutions. Prof. Manuel Cordero, Associate Vice-president for Retention at Ana G. Méndez university System, was the main speaker of this event. Professor Cordero, who has 25 years of experience in this area, shared with participants his lessons learned regarding the impact of support services on student retention rates, as a way to lead the discussion. Additional discussions also took place to guide the establishment of measurement criteria to assess the impact of support services in the general performance of institutions. As part of this semester””s Student Support Roundtable, HETS joined Ramona Munsell & Associates in providing members with the opportunity to participate in a special Technical Assistance Workshop ...
  • Achieving the Healthy Balance between the Human and Technology Sides of College Education An article in the current April edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the main IT trends for Community Colleges in the United States. According to this article, based on an interview to the chief executive of Catalyze Learning International, higher education institutions at large are striving for the right blend of traditional and online instruction, emphasizing on the role of mobile-learning. Another significant trend in college education will be the expansion of social networking technologies to enhance the education experience. Nonetheless, the article stresses the importance of keeping human tough in the education process, especially in community colleges, characterized by at-risk students who “feel disconnected”. The question is: How can human touch in college education be emphasized while doing the best to incorporate the latest technology into the current educational purposes for the benefit of the college learners? Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education IT Trends for Community Colleges Carolyn Mooney The Chronicle of Higher Education Volume 54, Issue 30, Page B9 April 2008
  • HETS January 2008 Board Meeting A majority of HETS member institutions was represented this past January 17, 2008 during the HETS January Board Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A total of 23 out of 27 Board members and representatives took part of this important meeting for the organization, including Presidents and academic leaders from five new member institutions. It is of outstanding importance to mention that five of the newest affiliated institutions participated actively. These institutions were the Antillean Adventist University, Medgar Evers College, Huertas Junior College, University of Colorado at Denver, and Walden University. Each of the Presidents and representatives from these new member institutions had the chance to share with the rest of the Board members valuable information about their respective institutions. Board members also had the chance to network and exchange thoughts with representatives from three corporate members and four special guests from member institutions in Puerto Rico. This Board meeting closes the first semester of the academic year 2007-2008 and receives 2008, a very exciting year for the organization and its members, as it envisions numerous new projects and looks forward to ...
  • HETS Joins Forces with APAD Tuesday 06th of November 2007 HETS Joins Forces with APAD HETS has joined the Puerto Rican Distance Education Association (APAD, by its Spanish Acronym) for the coordination of the Distance Education Conference ?Construyendo la Nueva Agenda de la Educación a Distancia? (Constructing the New Agenda of Distance Education), to take place on November 14, 2007 at the University of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, during APAD’s Assembly. During this event, a panel of experts will be analyzing the new Distance Education guidelines of the Higher Education Council of Puerto Rico (CES, by its Spanish Acronym). This activity will give place, as well, to the presentation of the book ?La Nueva Agenda de la Educación a Distancia?. This publication includes collaborations from Dr. Juan Meléndez, Prof. Ana del Castro, Dr. José Sánchez, Dr. Antonio Vantaggiato y Prof. Carmen Betancourt. The editor of the book, Marta Mena, will be joining through videoconference from Argentina. When: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 Where: Sala de Facultad, University of the Sacred Heart Time: 8:00 AM ? 3:00 PM Cost: $50.00 (includes breakfast, snacks, lunch, a copy of the book, and a ...
  • Keeping Quality Standards in Online Learning Friday 01st of June 2007 Keeping Quality Standards in Online Learning Education through virtual environments, as offered by the Internet technology, proliferates more and more every day throughout the world. With the platforms currently available in the market, many institutions have been able to join this adventure and offer their academic products and services online. This pedagogic scenario brings up the issue of academic quality and effectiveness: How effective is actually the teaching-learning process through this modality? How can we assess the quality of those courses and instructional resources available to the student? On May 4, 2007, HETS delivered a workshop on ?Quality Standards and Assessment of Online Courses and Faculty?, bringing to its membership the expertise of Dr. Antonio de las Casas, Associate Vice President of Distance Education at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. During this event, he enumerated eight quality factors to take into account in online education: Administration, didactical model, technology platform, contents, faculty, students, assessment, and institutional culture. Among the fundamental aspects pointed out was the fact that e-learning quality actually starts as soon as the ...

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