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  • First Hispanic Virtual Congress to Convene Online in October, Featuring Latest Education Technology Tuesday 07th of June 2005 First Hispanic Virtual Congress to Convene Online in October, Featuring Latest Education Technology SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Higher education and technology leaders from throughout the world will convene the 1st Hispanic Virtual Congress, “Blending Technology, Cultural Diversity and Distance Learning for Hispanic Higher Education,” October 19-31, 2005. ” For the first time, the leadership of colleges and universities throughout the Spanish-speaking world will have an opportunity to meet simultaneously with information technology leaders and innovators in a live, bilingual setting to address Hispanic higher education needs,” said Nitza Hernández, Executive Director of the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) and a Hispanic Virtual Congress organizer. ” This forum will provide an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the best expertise and latest research on emerging education technologies, which can prove a powerful catalyst to help bring higher education success to every diverse learning community,” Hernández said. ” Together, we can overcome traditional barriers of time, income, language and geography through the wide reach of the Internet with technology-driven initiatives that also embrace cultural diversity.” To maximize attendance, registration ...
  • HETS Encourages Development of Online Student Support Services Monday 11th of April 2005 HETS Encourages Development of Online Student Support Services SAN JUAN, PR – As part of its efforts to train faculty and administrators at member institutions to better serve the Hispanic student community, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) hosted a two-day workshop on Best Practices in Online Student Support Services. This innovative workshop, facilitated by the Assistant Director of the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET), Pat Shea, brought together more than 70 college administrators from HETS institutional members in Puerto Rico, New York, Florida, and New Jersey. The workshop took place last March 17 and 18, 2005 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Central Office of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and the University of the Sacred Heart. Workshop attendees included a diverse group of deans of academic affairs, deans of student affairs, distance education directors, librarians, academic advisors, counselors, IT administrators, admissions administrators, registrars, and financial aid officers. The first day of the workshop focused on the exploration of existing institutional services and best practices. Here, participants got the chance to learn, ...
  • Exhibit on Latino Achievement Opens at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Friday 08th of April 2005 Exhibit on Latino Achievement Opens at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Universidad del Sagrado Corazon April 7, 2005 Cultural antrophologist Ricardo Alegría, Puerto Rican historian Teodoro Vidal, plastic artist Pepón Osorio, physician Antonia Novello and artist Chita Rivera are five Puertorricans among the distinguished latinos like Ellen Ochoa, Rebecca Lobo and labor leader Dolores Huerta, included in the photographic exhibition “Nuestros Caminos/Nuestras Historias: Retratos del Logro Latino” that will open April 7, and continues through June 25, in Sala de las Artes at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.   “Nuestros Caminos/Nuestras Historias: Retratos del Logro Latino” presents narratives of 25 individuals and one extended family that tell a much larger story about the influences—from family members to public figures-that made them who they are today. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and organized like itinerant by the Servicio de Exposiciones Itinerantes de Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund. “This exhibition is an anthology of compelling biographical portraits that evoke the depth and breadth ...
  • HETS Promotes Growth and Quality of Online Learning through Series of Events Monday 14th of February 2005 HETS Promotes Growth and Quality of Online Learning through Series of Events The Hispanic Educational Telecommunication System (HETS) has been actively involved in creating and delivering a series of conferences and workshops to encourage the growth and quality of online learning and online student support among higher education institutions from both US and Puerto Rico. During the past two months, two conferences on Quality Indicators in the Production of Virtual Courses and Working with Student Diversity in Online Instruction, both delivered in Spanish, have benefited faculty, administrators, and student support staff from institutions in Puerto Rico. “These conferences are a very important part of the Consortium’s newest efforts to impact its member institutions, help improve online learning practices, and get closer to higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, where HETS is currently headquartered”, said Dr. Nitza Hernández, HETS Executive Director. Last January, concurrently with the meeting of its Board of Directors, HETS sponsored a conference on quality indicators in the production of virtual courses (Diseño e Indicadores de Calidad en la Producción de Cursos Virtuales), focused particularly ...
  • Board Members Explore Future Directions for HETS Monday 14th of February 2005 Board Members Explore Future Directions for HETS Last January 13 and 14, HETS convened a Board of Directors meeting with representatives from fifteen member institutions in California, Colombia, Florida, New Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas. As in previous occasions, this January Board Meeting took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Central Office of the Inter American University and at the Metropolitan University. The meeting gave space to the introduction of a new HETS member institution, major discussions on the Consortium’s future, and the exploration of new paths towards the strengthening and sustainability of the organization. The use of a new strategy to help the Consortium achieve its mission, while meeting its member institutions’ needs, made this Board Meeting different from the others. Board Members divided up in three discussion groups to explore the possibilities of institutions collaborating together in other HETS projects, strategies to help achieve the sustainability of the Consortium, and possible areas in which their institutions would like to see themselves involved, among other issues. During discussions related to the value ...
  • HETS Receives Award for its Innovative Use of Technology Tuesday 01st of February 2005 HETS Receives Award for its Innovative Use of Technology Last September 2004, the TechFoundation granted to the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) a $2,500 cash award for its demonstrated commitment to the innovative use of technology in fulfilling its mission. TechGrant is a grant program that provides nonprofit organizations with access to capital to help meet their technology needs. This program focuses directly on funding critical technology needs, while using its electronic newsletter to publicize innovative ways to find capital. After submitting a Case Study on how the consortium had used technology to serve the needs of its constituencies, HETS was chosen as a finalist, in the international category, out of an exceptional field of candidates. HETS was selected, with another outstanding group of five mainland organizations, among a total of 600 nominations from community leaders, nonprofit executives, and other interested individuals. HETS”s Case Study highlighted its main projects aimed to help Hispanic college students bridge the digital divide and increase their levels of educational attainment. Through its projects and programs, HETS developed an online community that ...
  • HETS Receives a Special Award from NASA Monday 24th of January 2005 HETS Receives a Special Award from NASA On September, 2004, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) honored the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) with the Group Achievement Award for its participation in the NASA Learning through Interactive Videoconferencing Experiences (LIVE) Program. This initiative, part of an alliance between NASA and HETS, uses videoconferencing to connect NASA’s researchers with Hispanic students attending colleges and universities affiliated with the Consortium. Thus, the investigators can share their scientific and engineering experiences and expertise. One of the most successful videoconferences, coordinated by HETS and the NASA LIVE Program, was the one offered by Dr. Orlando Figueroa, Director of the Mars Exploration Program Office, on October 31st, 2002. The videoconference of this Puerto Rican scientific was transmitted simultaneously to a large group of students from the University of Puerto Rico at the Mayaguez Campus (his alma mater) and Bayamóm Campus. At this moment, the HETS staff is in conversations with the Director of the NASA LIVE Program to explore the possibility of producing series of educational videoconferences to be transmitted to ...
  • HETS is awarded with an IBM Grant Friday 21st of January 2005 HETS is awarded with an IBM Grant The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) is pleased to announce that the IBM Corporation has awarded HETS with an $8,000 technology grant in support of the innovative online mentoring program that is part of the Virtual Plaza online portal. The IBM grant ensures the continuation of the HETS e-Mentoring Program, an initiative in which IBM employees have served as online mentors for college students in selected colleges and universities since 2001. The e-Mentoring Program has proven successful in achieving its goals to a modest scale. Since the program began, over 200 students and more than 70 IBM employees have participated in this initiative. In 2003, HETS expanded this program to other corporations like Banco Popular, Hamilton Sundstrand, Destilería Serralles, Tech Heads de PR, Badillo Nazca, and Comstat Rowland. The e-Mentoring Program is part of the Virtual Plaza (www.virtualplaza.org), a bilingual web site developed by HETS to harness different Internet technologies and help bridge the digital divide for Hispanic college students. This portal was developed with a grant from the Fund for ...
  • HETS welcomes three new member institutions The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) received at the beginning of this semester the membership requests from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, National University in La Jolla, California, and the New Jersey City University, as a part of the outreach efforts done recently to affiliate new member institutions. HETS has now a membership of 22 leading higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, Colombia, and states such as California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Founded in 1993, the consortium is the nation’s first bilingual distance education consortium and has its headquarters on the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. The new HETS member institutions have the commitment of offering to their students a quality educational face to face experience, as well as at a distance. Each of them has unique characteristics that contribute to the enrichment and diversity of the Consortium. Kutztown University is a member of the State system of Higher Education of Pennsylvania. Kutztown University is committed to continuous improvement, partnerships, and collaborations that encourage the development of citizens who contribute to a global society. Currently 8,200 ...
  • HETS Honors Faculty Leadership in Collaborative Initiatives Recently, the HETS Consortium recognized the work and leadership of those partners involved in its Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives through the creation of the Online Learning Collaboration Leadership Award. HETS has designated $1,000 from its FIPSE-LAAP funds to make available this Award, in recognition to a faculty leader who is facilitating the collaboration processes and advancing the creation of a new online program that will benefit HETS member institutions and the Hispanic learners, at large. Dr. Keville Frederickson, Nursing Professor, Lehman College. Through this special Award, the Consortium would like to honor the work of the Project Leader who has fulfilled the leading expectations of the HETS office and the overall requirements for guiding an effective partnership among academic collaborators. “For HETS, it is extremely important to acknowledge the efforts of those who, not only lead the work of the group members in a collaborative effort, but also administer the program outstandingly. This is why the Consortium established the Online Learning Collaboration Leadership Award.”, indicated Dr. Nitza Hernandez, HETS Executive Director. The first leadership award recipient was Dr. Keville Frederickson, Nursing faculty ...
  • Leaders in Higher Ed Explore Policies for Joint Online Programs for Hispanics San Juan, PR – The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS), a unique bilingual distance learning consortium, celebrated its Second Annual Workshop on “Reaching Policy Agreements for Collaboration Initiatives among HETS Partner Institutions,” last June 21-23 in New York. HETS gathered almost 40 higher education leaders from its member institutions to explore agreements and policies needed to help implement three online programs that are being jointly developed by faculty from 10 colleges and universities affiliated to the consortium. These institutional leaders met to help build multi-campus support for the online, professional certificate programs in cross-cultural health care, bilingual journalism, and security management, and to discuss key academic, administrative, financial, and marketing issues impacting the implementation of these first collaborative initiatives. Furthermore, the Consortium’s Board of Directors made important decisions in areas related to the joint initiatives such as pricing, launch dates, and profit distribution. The workshop, which coincided with this year’s HETS Board of Directors meeting, focused on strategies to transcend individual campus policy differences to foster more online education partnerships. HETS ultimate goal is to increase Hispanic college graduation rates with ...
  • HETS Celebrates Workshop to Support Launching of New Online Learning Programs The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) will be celebrating its Second Annual Workshop for Institutional Leaders on Inter-institutional Collaboration from June 21st to the 23rd in New York City, as informed by Dr. Nitza Hernandez, the Consortium’s Executive Director. This year’s workshop on “Reaching Policy Agreements for Collaboration Initiatives among HETS Partner Institutions” intends to foster administrative strategies in support of three online professional certificate programs being developed by ten HETS partner institutions. The faculty working toward online academic programs in Bilingual Journalism, Security Management, and Cross-Cultural Health Care will have the opportunity to find out, with their administrative leaders, effective ways of making inter-institutional academic collaboration work beyond distance, institutional, and policy barriers. This time, the HETS annual workshop has been designed for top level institutional administrators who will be guided to work with faculty and academic leaders involved in the HETS Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives. The goal is to reach financial and academic agreements that will help launch the online programs in progress. This great effort constitutes part of the collaborative strategies established through the HETS’ Learning Anytime ...
  • Student Focus Group Offers Praise for HETS Online Mentoring Initiative An inaugural student focus group offered high marks and encouragement to spread the word to more college students about an innovative online mentoring program from the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS). HETS on April 22 hosted the focus group of 24 student leaders from five HETS-member colleges and universities in Puerto Rico to ask for advice on improving the reach and results of the Virtual Learning and Support Plaza. HETS developed the first bilingual, interactive e-mentoring and higher education services Internet portal at www.virtualplaza.org. The students praised the online mentoring initiative for providing academic support and practical information on the world of work from trained volunteers in college and career fields representing a wide array of professions. Students are offered the free e-mentoring support in English and Spanish matching their academic and career interests through the anytime/anywhere reach of the 24-hour web site. Students also gave high marks to the cultural “comfort zone” of a web site that offers them the support of a diverse family of “cyber-godparents” (cyber-padrinos/cyber-madrinas) as a resource for experiencing different cultures, perspectives, career experiences and languages. ...
  • Representatives from 8 Institutions Meet in PR towards Inter-institutional Collaboration Recently, eight HETS member institutions from across the United States and Puerto Rico, met at the Inter American University of PR, Central Office, during the first meeting towards inter-institutional collaboration to develop an online program in Cross Cultural Health Care. Deans, professors and head of departments from nursing and health related sciences from California State University-Dominguez Hills, California State University at Bakersfield, University of Texas Pan-American, University of Texas at Brownsville, Herbert H. Lehman College (NY), Queensborough Community College (NY), and Eugenio M. de Hostos (NY), and Inter American University of PR, joined to discuss and develop strategies for the development of the Cross Cultural Healthcare online program. The Cross-Cultural Health Care program has been designed with a focus on developing cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence in nursing professionals to improve the care of Hispanic clients. It will be comprised of nine web-based modules that are been developed, focusing on understanding the influence that culture has on beliefs and behaviors. “Knowledge and skill related to caring for clients of many cultures is a necessity for other health care professions as well as ...
  • University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S. Leading Institution in the HETS e-Mentoring Program Hispanic students at the University of Texas at Brownsville are receiving new help in earning their college degrees and an invaluable head start on their future careers, thanks to the university’s leadership role in an innovative e-Mentoring partnership. The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) is a founding member of the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS), the first U.S. bilingual online distance learning consortium dedicated to serving the higher education needs of the country’s youngest and largest ethnic population. UTB is a leader in the development of the acclaimed HETS e-Mentoring Program, which provides participating students, free online support from top professors and leading Hispanic professionals in fields matched to each student’s career goals. Approximately 50 UTB students have participated since 2002 in a program that provides them “anytime” Internet access to trained mentors. UTB professors representing an array of academic disciplines have integrated the popular program within their courses at a university with a predominantly Hispanic student enrollment. “For our students, especially those representing a minority population that continues to be under-represented in most professions requiring a college degree, this program is ...

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