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  • 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 ...
  • Successful and Decisive Board Meeting in Puerto Rico Friday 09th of February 2007 Successful and Decisive Board Meeting in Puerto Rico With Presidents and representatives from a total of 18 member institutions, and representatives from its new corporate and nonprofit members, the HETS Consortium celebrated one of its most successful and decisive Board Meetings yet. Presided by Mr. José F. Méndez, President of the Ana G. Méndez University System, this Board Meeting gave place to the discussion and approval of the first full strategic plan in the history of the Consortium, a document that defines the direction of the organizations for the next three years. The meeting took place last January 11 and 12, at the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the evening of January 11, members got together with other potential corporate and institutional members for a reception, where also new members were recognized. Board Members who joined President Méndez for this meeting included Manuel Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico; Dr. José J. Rivera, President of the University of the Sacred Heart; Prof. Marcelina Vélez, President of the Pontifical Catholic University ...
  • Ana G. Mendez President, New HETS Chairman Tuesday 26th of September 2006 Ana G. Mendez President, New HETS Chairman The President of the Ana G. Méndez University System, José F. Méndez, was elected President of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System during the Thirteenth Annual Summer Board Meeting of the organization in New York. By 1993, Méndez took the pioneering initiative of gathering the institutions that today make up the HETS Consortium, as the first educational telecommunications consortium constituted by colleges and universities from Puerto Rico and the United States. Since its inception, President Méndez had the vision of allying AGMUS’s efforts with other institutions in Puerto Rico, as well as other Hispanic Serving Institutions in the US, in an effort to widen educational opportunities and access to postsecondary education through the use of the technological modalities of distance education. The HETS Consortium promotes the use of information resources such as the Internet, interactive multimedia technologies, and videoconferences, among others. “For the Ana G. Mendez University, it is an honor to lead HETS and continue harmonizing efforts to reach our Hispanic communities in the US”, expressed ...
  • HETS Joins the Ana G. Méndez University Family Tuesday 12th of December 2006 HETS Joins the Ana G. Méndez University Family During the month of November, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System joined the family of the Ana G. Méndez University System, as the institution officially became the new host institution of the Consortium for the next years to come. After being elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, José F. Méndez, President of such institution, together with the members of the Board, proposed moving the headquarters of the HETS Consortium to the AGMUS’s facilities, particularly within the institution’s Center for Distance Education and Telecommunications (CETED, by its Spanish acronym). This change comes in a moment of significant growth for the Consortium itself, since it is developing now and will be implementing next semester its new strategic plan. The 55-year history of the Ana G. Méndez University System has resulted in the testimony of constant innovation, growth, and transformation for the education of the student population in Puerto Rico and beyond, especially those lifelong learning adults that continuously look for improved opportunities. It has won its place in the ...
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  • Primer Encuentro de Presidentes: Creando Economias de Escala para la Integracion de Nuevas Tecnologias en la Educacion Friday 12th of May 2006 Primer Encuentro de Presidentes: Creando Economias de Escala para la Integracion de Nuevas Tecnologias en la Educacion En la foto: Presidentes y representantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS en Puerto Rico junto a los oradores principales del Primer Encuentro de Presidentes. Agradecemos a todos los presidentes universitarios, directores de colegios privados, ejecutivos de la empresa privada y directores de organizaciones profesionales y sin fines de lucro, que dijeron presente en el Primer Encuentro de Presidentes, celebrado el pasado 10 de mayo de 2006 en San Juan, PR. El eje de este encuentro, que llevaba por tema ?Creando economías de escala para la integración de las nuevas tecnologías en la educación?, fue la exhortación a generar estrategias viables para lograr un sector académico de competencia mundial a través de la tecnología, en un escenario de retos económicos a nivel local, nacional y mundial. Así lo expresaron en sus mensajes el Lcdo. Manuel J. Fernós, presidente de la Universidad Interamericana y de la Junta de Directores del Consorcio HETS, y el Dr. José Jaime Rivera, presidente de la ...
  • HETS Creates Initiatives to Promote the Continuing Development of Its Memberse Friday 07th of April 2006 HETS Creates Initiatives to Promote the Continuing Development of Its Memberse In a continuous effort to promote the on going professional development of its members and foster increasing opportunities for distance learning in higher education, HETS has been focusing its priorities in creating distinctive professional development events tailored to the educational needs of today?s higher education institutions. Once again, HETS demonstrates its leadership in looking for educational and growth opportunities in the Distance Learning field, As an organization dedicated to promoting the use of telecommunications and distance learning as means to facilitate higher education and support the success of Hispanic learners in distance education, HETS has acknowledged the importance of creating different tools to improve faculty and academic leaders performance in these areas. In order for distance learning and educational telecommunications to be effective, faculty and administrators need to be in complete knowledge and control, understand its significance, and be able to integrate their expertise with the specification of this modality. Through Professional Development Events, the Consortium assists its members and individuals outside its member institutions acquire ...
  • Board Appoints New Executive Director to Take on the HETS Future Friday 20th of January 2006 Board Appoints New Executive Director to Take on the HETS Future After discussing the most relevant issues for the first semester of 2006, during its January meeting, the HETS Board of Directors appointed a new Executive Director to lead the organization in its next steps, which will be a key to the future, success, and sustainability of the organization. The new Director of the Consortium, Mrs. Yubelkys Montalvo, will take on the challenge to guide the organization towards a self-sustainability model and continue the implementation of targeted services and programs for all members and the educational community, in general. Following her contribution to the organization as the Executive Assistant to the Director and Public Relations Specialist for seven years, Mrs. Montalvo served as the Interim Director for a five-month term. As an expert in member relations, project management, administration, communications, and event coordination, the recently appointed Executive Director is expected to take on the new opportunities and challenges awaiting HETS throughout the next years. As resulted from this past January 12 and 13 HETS Board Meeting, held ...
  • HETS Reaches New Potential Audiences through First Hispanic Virtual Congress Wednesday 23rd of November 2005 HETS Reaches New Potential Audiences through First Hispanic Virtual Congress HETS has just made a breakthrough in the Hispanic online learning industry, bringing to a large audience the opportunity to learn, share, and discuss experiences, best practices, and lessons learned in Hispanic-focused online education through the First Hispanic Virtual Congress. The Hispanic Virtual Congress gave HETS an extraordinary chance of gathering the knowledge and experiences of people from the United States, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, and Dominican Republic, among others. “This initiative has opened new doors to the larger community of Latin America, where innovative online learning initiatives are constantly transforming and improving educational perspectives”, said Manuel Fernós, Chairman of the HETS Board of Directors. As of October 31, 2005, the virtual event’s closing date, nearly 700 people had registered at the Virtual Congress. A total of 30 presentations, most of them in the area of Online Teaching and Learning, where selected among a diversity of presentations submitted. Other outstanding presentations focused on Quality and Assessment, Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies, Support Services for the Distant/Online ...
  • A Semester Full of Changes for HETS Sunday 23rd of October 2005 A Semester Full of Changes for HETS The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System has undergone several important changes through this semester, starting with the departing of its seven year-long Executive Director, Dr. Nitza Hernández. Dr. Hernández decided to take on a new professional challenge, accepting a new position as Director of the Graduate School of Sciences and Technology at the University of Puerto Rico. Her expertise with HETS has led her to a position in which she will be able to keep impacting Puerto Rican graduate students. For more information, access http://egcti.upr.edu/noticias_egcti/noticias.html   In order to keep on track with all the Consortium’s priorities for this semester, the HETS Executive Committee designated Yubelkys Montalvo as the Interim Executive Director. Mrs. Montalvo had been performing as the HETS Executive Assistant and Public Relations Specialist for seven years, demonstrating to be a leader in member relations, project management, event coordination, administration, and communications. Strategically well-prepared, Montalvo not only has followed up thoroughly on all pending projects, but has also taken on new opportunities of great benefit to the Consortium and its ...

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