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  • 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 ...
  • CSU Dominguez Hills and Fullerton Sign Engineering Partnership CARSON, Calif. – Two CSU campuses signed an agreement last week that will establish a landmark partnership in which students can obtain a bachelor of science in physics from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) with an option in electrical engineering by attending engineering classes at CSU Fullerton. The agreement for the pilot program was recently signed by Selase Williams, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Kenneth Ganezer, professor of physics, and Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of CSU Fullerton’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Mostafa Shiva, CSUF professor of electrical engineering. “The program is a perfect partnership and represents the type of collaboration that CSU Chancellor Charles Reed wants,” Williams said. “In this time of a severe budget crisis, it’s appropriate that the two campuses work together, and that this program is finalized during National Engineering Week and a time when we have two robotic devices on Mars,” said Ganezer. The new program will welcome five to 10 students in the fall and is expected to grow in the future. Students will take 14 units of electrical engineering courses on their ...
  • CSU Dominguez Hills MBA Program One of the Best Bargains in the Nation GetEducated.com ranks CSUDH number nine among 120 accredited universities. CARSON, Calif. – The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Distance Learning program at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), has been rated among the top 10 least expensive among major universities in America according to a national survey. GetEducated.com, LLC has released its biannual survey of tuition costs at 120 accredited distance learning MBA programs, and has determined CSUDH ranks number nine in regionally accredited MBA programs. After surveying a cross section of respected universities from throughout America, including Duke, Howard, Purdue and Carnegie Mellon universities, officials at GetEducated.com selected the online MBA program at Cal State Dominguez Hills in the top 10, the only California university so listed. “To be ranked a GetEducated.com ’Best Buy Distance MBA,’ a program must cost considerably less than the national average for an online MBA in its class,” said Vicky Phillips, CEO for GetEducated.com. “Costing close to half of the national average , CSUDH is an amazing bargain for prospective students nationwide,” said Phillips. “It is in ...
  • Virtual Plaza participates on Inter American University Open-house Friday 12th of March 2004 Virtual Plaza participates on Inter American University Open-house Recently, Virtual Plaza staff participated from the Open-house at the Guayama Campus of the Inter American University of PR. The Consortium, with headquarters at the Central Office of the Inter American, was extended an invitation from the Guayama Campus to promote the services available through the Virtual Plaza portal for college students. Recently, Virtual Plaza’s staff participated from the Open-house at the Guayama Campus of the Inter American University of PR. The Consortium, with headquarters at the Central Office of the Inter American, was extended an invitation from the Guayama Campus to promote the services available through the Virtual Plaza portal for college students. Students and faculty members had the opportunity to visit Virtual Plaza’s informational booth, browse through the portal, and search for information about career opportunities, scholarships, and graduate studies. Students also registered at the Plaza to have access to other online resources, such as online libraries, a catalog of online courses and programs from the HETS affiliated institutions; the Cybercafé, where they can communicate with students ...
  • University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S. Leading Institution in the HETS e-Mentoring Program The University of Texas at Brownsville, one of HETS founding institutions, has been fundamental in the development, up scaling, and dissemination of the HETS e-Mentoring Program in the United States. Professors from various disciplines have been involved in this project, integrating the Program to their course as a supportive tool to enrich the students’ academic experience. Dr. Mahmoud Quweider, Chairperson and Dr. Juan Iglesias, Assistant Professor, both from the Computer Science Department, have played a leading role in getting UTB’s students engaged in the e-Mentoring Program. Dr. Quweider and Dr. Iglesias have been participating in the Program since 2002, with more than 50 students been benefited from this online mentoring experience. “It was a great chance for the students to be involved in and be in touch with professionals from the industry who can put the course they are taking in perspective with respect to their future careers”, expressed Dr. Mahmoud Quweider regarding his students’ experience with the HETS e-mentoring program. “For our students, especially being mainly of the underrepresented Hispanic minority, the program is making them aware of the great ...
  • HETS/LAAP Professor Recognized by the Instructional Design Council Miami Dade College’s Professor Mildred (Millie) Roqueta has received the 2004 Outstanding Online Course Award from the Instructional Technology Council for her online course “Psychology of Personal Effectiveness”. The Instructional Technology Council (ITC) is a national organization that represents higher education institutions in the United States and Canada and is a leader in advancing distance education and instructional design. Prof. Roqueta was honored at a special recognition luncheon on February 23rd, at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. The award ceremony is part of this year’s Tel e-learning conference in San Diego, California. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in course presentation, content, activities, evaluation, and management. It also acknowledges outstanding levels of interactivity, use of multimedia, communication, and variety of instructional material. A full-time faculty member at MDC’s Kendall Campus Social Science Department, Prof. Roqueta holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from the Miami Institute of Psychology of the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies. She is a member of MDC’s Distance Education Committee, the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, ...

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