News

  • El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye CARSON, Calif. – The masterworks of nine prominent women photographers of Mexico will be on display during the exhibit, “El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye,” in the University Art Gallery of California State University, Dominguez Hills from Feb. 5 through March 4, 2004. The exhibit will open with a reception on Feb. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. and a gallery tour led by Margarita Nieto, Ph.D., professor of Chicana/Chicano Studies, CSU Northridge, at 7 p.m. El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye” features works from: Lola Álvarez Bravo, Kati Horna, Mariana Yampolsky, Graciela Iturbide, Flor Garduño, Yolanda Andrade, Alicia Ahumada Salaíz, Ángeles Torrejón and Maya Goded. These artists from three generations have collectively reached across the 20th century to confront us with the essentials of life. They all live in or near Mexico City. Many of the women are friends or acquaintances, though Bravo, Horna and Yampolsky have passed away. Each photographer is an accomplished artist in her own right, with a body of work well able to stand on its own, but the kinship among them is particularly striking when their photographs ...
  • HETS will provide more than $80K to Inter-Institutional Projects Last December, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) selected four out of six proposals, that were reviewed in the last round of competition, as part of the Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives that the Consortium is funding for its member institutions. HETS and its’ Evaluation Committee, constituted by renowned leaders and experts from different organizations and institutions of higher education, determined that the following proposed projects will be granted altogether more than eighty thousand dollars in LAAP funds as seed money for the program’s development phase. The new online offerings will be in Bilingual Journalism, Cross-Cultural Health Care, and Security Management, in addition to a student support service called Hispanic Online Learning Access. Most of the proposed online offerings will be bilingual, and vary from continuing education certificates and programs to associate and bachelor degrees. These areas of future program development have been identified as fields of great demand and need for the Hispanic population in the U.S. The Cross-Cultural Health Care program, for example, has been designed with a focus on developing cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence in nursing professionals. The ...
  • HETS Board of Directors Welcomes New Member Burlingtown County College is the institution that recently joined the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS). This institution requested membership during the Consortium’s Board of Directors meeting, which took place at the Main Offices of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR) and at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) this past January 15 and 16. With the addition of this college, HETS member institutions total 19. The presidents of the institutions, or their appointed representatives, make up the HETS Board of Directors, which is currently chaired by IAUPR President Manuel J. Fernós, Esq., institution that also hosts HETS main office. Board meetings deal with the strategies regarding distance education that will be implemented each year in coordination with the affiliated institutions. This time around, when 17 of the 19 affiliated institutions were in attendance, most of the sessions targeted the topic of inter-institutional collaboration initiatives. During the meeting, members of the Lehman College and John J. College’s faculties, in New York, as well as professors from Miami-Dade College, in Florida, were able to participate at-a-distance, through videoconference technology. These ...
  • Cal State Dominguez Hills joins Moscow to Promote Distance Learning WHO: Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills and Boris Mikhailov, Rector, Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science (MGAPI) University. WHAT: Live teleconference to sign an agreement to form a partnership between CSUDH and the Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science University. The first partnership between an American and a Russian university to make accredited distance learning degree programs available to students in Russia. Initially, the program will offer the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Quality Assurance and Bachelor of Science in Quality Assurance. WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Extended Education Complex 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson 90747 WHEN: Monday, Jan. 26, at 8:15 a.m. CSUDH is an international leader in distance learning and has the largest distance learning program in the CSU system with students in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science was established on August 29, 1936 as the All-Russian Machine-Building Institute. It was renamed the Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science (MGAPI) on January ...
  • HETS Shares With Its Member Institutions $30K of Its FIPSE LAAP Grant The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) recently granted around $30,000 of its Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP) grant, from FIPSE, among several member institutions that competed for a planning grant to develop online learning collaboration initiatives. HETS, a consortium of 18 colleges and universities dedicated to expanding Hispanics’ opportunities for higher education through distance learning, started facilitating this inter-institutional collaboration initiative during a workshop offered on last June’s board meeting in New York. Six groups, including almost 50 academic leaders, distance education administrators, and faculty from 13 member institutions in California, Florida, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas are now working jointly in these inter-institutional initiatives. HETS selected the six inter-institutional groups, out of nine original proponents who submitted planning proposals or letters of intent to develop online programs or services in several areas of need for Hispanic college students. An Evaluation Committee integrated by prestigious professionals in the fields of distance learning and information technology in higher education thoroughly reviewed all the planning proposals, and submitted their comments and recommendations for the development of the full proposals. The committee ...
  • Online Mentoring Program for Students Brings Together Academia and Industry Last September 7th, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) presented in San Juan, its Online Mentoring Program to a group of industry and professional organizations’ representatives in order to establish collaboration partnerships to benefit university students. Companies and organizations that attended the event and showed interest in participating in the Mentors Program include Hamilton Sundstrand, Verizon, Triple SSS, Destilería Serralles, Tech Heads de PR, Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores and the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Hispanic Nursing Association. Since last year, the Mentoring Program receives the support of professionals who work for the IBM Corporation and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, who have volunteered their time and contributed to this collaborative initiative between the academia and the industry. Similar outreach efforts are being directed toward industries and organizations in the United States to recruit mentors at the national level. This academic semester, the Mentoring Program will be launched on October 6 and the goal is to recruit 125 mentors in different fields in Puerto Rico and the United States. This Program is available free of charge to students enrolled at ...
  • Videoconference in Violence Prevention Using Electronic Forums The Centro de Prevención de la Violencia en Jóvenes Hispanos (center for violence prevention among young Hispanics) of the Filius Institute of the University of Puerto Rico’s Central Administration is one of ten projects financed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, created to prevent violence among young people, including girls and boys. The Center is a research and education entity that works to form close ties with communities of the Metropolitan Area of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in order to collaborate in the implementation of initiatives aimed at preventing this social problem. The Centro de Prevención de la Violencia en Jóvenes Hispanos (center for violence prevention among young Hispanics) of the Filius Institute of the University of Puerto Rico’s Central Administration is one of ten projects financed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, created to prevent violence among young people, including girls and boys. The Center is a research and education entity that works to form close ties with communities of the Metropolitan Area of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in order to ...
  • Workshop on Forging Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives The HETS_LAAP workshop on online learning collaboration initiatives brought together key leaders of HETS member institutions to examine the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) model for inter-institutional collaboration, and create an action plan to develop online programs and student support services. The workshop took place during June 17th and 18th, 2003 concurrently with the HETS Board Meeting, at Lehman College (CUNY). A total of 29 academic and distance education leaders, from 15 HETS member institutions, attended the workshop. In the morning of June 17th, various research findings were presented to HETS Board Members and key leaders from member institutions to support the launching of the Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives project. The audience also had the opportunity to learn about the inter-institutional collaboration program model designed and implemented by GPIDEA, and the possible ways of making this model work for HETS member institutions. During the afternoon, Dr. Sue Maes and Dawn Anderson, senior GPIDEA project staff members, facilitated the workshop. In this session, the facilitators discussed with participants the expected outcomes of the activity and made an approach to identify ...
  • HETS Offers in N.Y.C. First Workshop on Online Collaboration Initiatives Along with its tenth anniversary celebration, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) offered the first workshop on inter-institutional collaboration initiatives to develop online academic programs, according to Dr. Nitza Hernández López, Consortium Executive Director. This workshop took place, concurrently with the HETS Board of Directors meeting, at the Herbert H. Lehman College, in New York City, on June 17 and 18. The Collaboration Initiatives Workshop brought together 31 academic leaders of post secondary education institutions from the United States, Puerto Rico, and Colombia, HETS Consortium members who are interested in collaborating with other member institutions to develop joint online academic programs. Leading the workshop were Dr. Sue Maes y Ms. Dawn Anderson, from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), an inter-institutional collaboration consortium under the umbrella of the Kansas State University. With GPIDEA’s aid, HETS has been able to create an action plan to develop and implement, in a collaborative manner, academic and student support services programs among the member institutions that are partners in the Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP) project. During the workshop, participants from various institutions ...
  • HETS celebrates 10th Anniversary and honors its partners Hosted by the Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) celebrated its tenth anniversary at the institution’s Art Gallery in New York City, last June 17, 2003. About twelve university presidents and chancellors, and more than forty representatives of HETS member institutions and partner corporations attended the festivities. During the event, HETS paid tribute to its member institutions for their support of Consortium initiatives throughout the past ten years. Included among the honored universities were the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, the Ana G. Méndez University System, Lehman College, and the University of New Mexico. These universities were recognized in the categories of Founding Member, Consortium Institutional Headquarter, Annual Meeting Host Institution and Contributor of the Year Member. Also recognized were Hostos Community College, the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas-Pan American in the categories of Founding Member and Annual Meeting Host Institution. In addition, HETS acknowledged the leadership of Dr. Ricardo Fernández, departing HETS Board President and President of Lehman College, with the Board Member of the Year Award, for ...
  • New Menus and Services at the HETS Virtual Plaza Portal The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) recently included new services and new menus to the Virtual Plaza portal (www.virtualplaza.org) in the Internet. The homepage was re-designed for a more dynamic image and to provide headlines with links to news and articles of interest, as well as to include sections the show sponsors’ banners and logos. Worth mentioning among the Virtual Plaza’s new services is a news section where HETS member institutions and other project partners can publish articles and news briefs directly into the portal. In the Student Placita menu, the “Learning Effectively Online” free module has been added. Using it, students can learn basic skills in order to take Internet courses. Similarly, the menu of the Faculty Placita now offers a wide selection of educational resources that have the goal of enriching the online teaching and learning experience. HETS has designed a new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, which features a list of answers to general questions about the project and the portal, as well as answers to questions regarding services and opportunities offered through the Virtual Plaza. The Cibercafe ...
  • New HETS Board of Directors President Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR), was elected President to the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) during the Board of Directors meeting that took place in New York City’s Herbert H. Lehman College, on June 17th and 18th, 2003. Also elected was the new Vice President, James Lyons, President of the University of California-Dominguez Hills. Likewise, Antonio Pérez, Borough of Manhattan Community College President, and Dolores Fernández, Hostos Community College President were re-elected as Board Secretary and Board Treasurer, respectively. Currently, IAUPR houses the HETS Consortium headquarters, in its main offices. IAUPR became a Consortium affiliate in 1998 and has since been actively involved in the organizations initiatives and projects. Since 2000, IAUPR co-hosted the Board of Directors meetings celebrated in Puerto Rico. In addition, IAUPR’s leadership in the Latin American and Caribbean Network has allowed it to sign a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. In addition, around 40 IAUPR professors have taken advantage of the on-line Learning Workshop offered by the University of Texas-Pan American, a HETS affiliate institution renown in ...
  • University of Texas at Brownsvile – Online Course Offering Doubled Last Year The University of Texas and Texas Southmost College continues to forge ahead in its continuing effort to providing quality online service and support to its students and faculty involved in online courses. The Office of Distance Education is the principle agency that makes these services possible. This office continuously strives to put technology and technology support services within grasp of all students and faculty. Its vigilance in these matters allows The Office of Distance Education to continually meet with success in offering and supporting its online courses in all modalities. This continued success is evidenced by the perpetual demand for these types of courses. This demand in turn has generated growth in the number of courses offered as well as the number of students taking these types of courses. In fact, the number of courses offerings has doubled since last year from 67 to 130. Additionally, student enrollment in DE courses has also risen over the past year from 8% to 23%. Thus, these successes are met with significant advances for developing newer and better services for students. The most impressive ...
  • HETS offers first workshop on Collaborative Distance Learning Initiatives The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) will offer a workshop to get together academic leaders and key staff of the institutions that make up the Consortium who are interested in establishing partnerships with other institutions to develop online studying programs. The workshop on Collaborative Distance Learning Initiatives will take place at Herbert H. Lehman College in New York, on June 17 and 18, 2003, at the same time as the HETS Board of Directors meeting and the Consortium’s tenth anniversary celebration. During the workshop the participants will be able to study the collaborative model of the Great Plains Alliance Program, under the Kansas State University. Following this model, HETS will create an action plan to develop and implement collaborative programs and online services for students, among the Consortium member institutions that are partners in the Learning Anywhere Anytime Partnerships (LAAP) Project. The workshop will be lead by Dr. Sue Maes and Mrs. Dawn Anderson, both of whom are part of the Great Plains Alliance staff. Beginning in August, HETS will distribute $75,000 among the best proposals received from groups of ...
  • Miami-Dade – Awarded $500,000 to Develop On-line Writing Lab Miami-Dade Community College´s English as a Second Language (ESL)Department at the Kendall campus has been awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Education´s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). This grant will enable faculty to create an innovative, online writing program for ESL students on campus and in the community. The project will be called eWriting: ESL Writing Success. M-DCC is confident the program will help students because having added lab components to its present writing courses has already improved students’ academic performance. The new eWriting program will allow ESL writers to improve their skills and scores with the accessibility and convenience of being able to practice any place with access to the Internet. One of the benefits of the project’s design is that once it has been successful on the Kendall campus, its results can be compared with those obtained from a full, College-wide implementation. After such a wide-reaching, multi-campus application, the program can be readily adapted by other learning institutions across the country. The ESL program at M-DCC enrolls over 12,000 students per year, making it the largest ...

Our Members