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  • Vivencias para toda una vida. Albert Troche-japón (Click here to read the English version) Albert M. Troche, estudiante doctoral de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de San Germán, nos cuenta en su escrito su experiencia como miembro del comité asesor de estudiantes y líder estudiantil: En mi empeño para continuar mi desarrollo profesional, personal y académico, creo en el aprendizaje basado en la experiencia. La vida universitaria es única y no vuelve; cada experiencia aporta a ser un mejor ser humano. Las oportunidades que ofrece esta etapa de la vida son inigualables. Está en nosotros el desarrollar ese liderato que busca explotar ese potencial al máximo. He visto como muchos amigos agilizan esta etapa para llegar rápido al campo laboral y toparse con la sorpresa de que no está fácil  la cosa. La universidad es una mina de oro que solo unos pocos han sabido explotar. Cada institución universitaria de nuestro país tiene oportunidades de desarrollo para sus estudiantes que van más allá de lo académico. Sin embargo, muchos nos enfocamos en la sala de clases, la biblioteca y si acaso la cafetería. Por lo tanto, está en ...
  • New Executive Committee elected during summer 2016 Board Meeting in New York. Dr. Carlos Vargas has been elected as new HETS Chair.President of Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, was elected as new HETS Chair during the annual summer Board Meeting celebrated at Lehman College, NY on June 28-29, 2016. Collaborating with Vargas as HETS Board of Officers will be Dr. Gloria Baquero, President of National University College reelected as Vice Chair; Mr. Manuel J. Fernós, President Inter American University of Puerto Rico, elected as Treasurer; and Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College (CUNY), who will serve for the first time at the Executive Committee, as Regional Representative for the East Coast. Additional reelections includes; Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University as Secretary; Dr. Carlos Morales, President of TCC Connect at Tarrant County College in Texas; and Dr. Lorena Meza, Vice President for Student Affairs, California State University San Marcos as Regional Representatives for the Central and West areas respectively. All appointments started term on July 1st, 2016 for two years as stated in HETS Bylaws except for the Vice Chair, Secretary, Central and West Regional Representatives which were reelected for a one year term. To learn more ...
  • HETS estrena tutoriales en español para promover los servicios de la Placita para Estudiantes en su Plaza Virtual. Tutoriales3 HETS anuncia nuevos tutoriales en español para promover los servicios de mayor demanda dentro de la Placita para Estudiantes, a través de la sección Student Placita en la Plaza Virtual de HETS, y en el Student Leadership Corner (pestaña “Tutoriales Plaza Virtual”). Los protagonistas de estos videos fueron varios de los miembros del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de HETS, junto al personal de HETS, incluyendo la Coordinadora de Servicios de apoyo al Estudiante. Los videos fueron posibles gracias a la colaboración del equipo del New Media Center en la Universidad del Este en Carolina; quienes produjeron, grabaron y editaron los videos. Los servicios de la Placita de Estudiantes promovidos en estos videos son: (1) el Testing and Educational Reference Center (TERC por sus siglas en inglés) que incluyen prácticas de exámenes y los libros electrónicos para prepararse, además de búsqueda de becas; (2) además del Career Transitions con búsqueda de empleo, simulador de entrevistas, preparación de resumes y cartas de presentación, entre otros recursos; (3) sección de Internados dentro y fuera de PR; (4) las herramientas y recursos para el área ...
  • Summer Board Meeting closes the fourth year of HETS Strategic Plan. Boardmembersjune2016LC-R1With attendance of 22 presidents and representatives from our institutional members; HETS celebrated its summer Board Meeting on June 28 and 29, 2016 at Lehman College in New York. The Board meeting closes the academic year 2015-2016 with positive report on our Strategic plan results, and envisioning numerous new projects for next academic year, including further development of the recently implemented HETS Commons initiative. Among the news HETS shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: the development of tailored online workshop offerings; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza, also a summary of the Student Leadership Showcases held in PR and NYC, the 2016 Best Practices Showcase Conference, and the election of new Board Officers. Other HETS initiatives shared with the Board included; the results of the Online Journal publication and approval of its publishing agreement, HETS Spanish online workshops and the self-paced online workshops in English. During the second day of meeting, HETS Chair Fernós welcomed Mr. Matt Baker, Education Head at Dialpad Inc. who recently accepted our ...
  • Desarrollando mi liderazgo con HETS- BeverlyAlvarez-ensayo42016 Beverly Álvarez Torres, estudiante de Biología de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de San Germán, nos cuenta en su escrito su experiencia como miembro del comité asesor de estudiantes: A través de los años, muchas culturas se han destacado a nivel mundial gracias a sus contribuciones a la sociedad, tales como Roma con el desarrollo de los sistemas de alcantarillados o China con la magnífica imprenta. Aunque estos eventos son de vital importancia para la humanidad, todos comparten el factor de sus comienzos,  fueron pequeños grandes pasos.      Como líder, mi deseo es dejar un legado del cual todos puedan aprender y utilizar como guía. Es en este punto donde HETS pasa a formar parte de mi vida. Desde el instante que supe todo lo excepcional que ésta organización ofrece al estudiantado, sentí que debía formar parte de ella. Hoy reafirmo que la decisión que tomé fue la correcta. Comencé por asistir a una charla de orientación acerca de los servicios ofrecidos y cómo estos podrían ser de gran provecho para todo estudiante sin importar su área de estudio. Fue allí ...
  • HETS celebrates its Student Leadership Showcase in New York at John Jay College- MinueYoshida1On April 15, 2016, HETS celebrated, for the second time in New York City, the HETS Student Leadership Showcase, this time at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Students participated from institutions like: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Inter American University of Puerto Rico’s Center for Recruitment and Students at NY, John Jay College, LaGuardia Community College Lehman College, Berkeley College, Bronx Community College, and Stella and Charles Guttman Community College took advantage of this event celebrated for HETS member institutions student leaders of the north east region. The main purpose of this event was to promote free of charge access to student services online provided by HETS that can support their academic goals and share with them topics about how to use technology to maximize their resources. Those services were presented by Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, with Yelixa Castro and Mónica Mercado, HETS staff. During the event students were invited to be part of the HETS Student Advisory Committee to work hand in hand with the Committee established in Puerto Rico. Students were also encouraged to submit proposals ...
  • Best Practices to Support the Success of Latino Student Event Gathered HETS Experts from Member Institutions in the West Coast- Sunny Moon_CSUFullertonHETS and one of its member institutions, California State University, San Marcos and its Student Affairs Office; celebrated on March 24 an event, with a special focus on California State University campuses best practices to support the success of our Latino students. This was a very productive meeting where more than 20 attendees from California State University representatives from: Domiguez Hills, Fullerton, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, San Bernardino, and San Marcos, discussed best practices they have adopted and shared the lessons learned during their implementation. The event opened with the welcoming remarks from Dr. Lorena Meza, Vice president, Student Affairs at California State University San Marcos. She presented special invitees from Borough of Manhattan Community College Dr. Marva Craig, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dr. Michael Hutmaker, who presented their best practice on retention titled: Boutiquing – Designing Tailored-Fitted Retention Programs for the Student Body.  Later, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Consortium Executive Director, talked about HETS Services featuring a HETS Commons Webinar directed by Carlos Guevara, HETS Collaborator from Hostos Community College. Mr. Guevara explained the purpose of ...
  • Presenting our newest service: HETS Commons! Creating Communities, Enabling Dialogue and Collaboration. HETS Commons Logo_Option_3We are pleased to announce our new service: HETS Commons! Just go to http://hets.org/commons/ and join this exclusive community today. The purpose of HETS Commons is to provide a social-networking platform that seeks to establish and provide a space for collaboration and exchange of ideas, knowledge, and best practices among all HETS member institutions. HETS appreciates your support with this new project. The HETS Commons is powered by the CBOX (similar to the CUNY Academic Commons) and Wordpress multi-sites, and offers a variety of features, including blogs, groups, member profiles, discussion forums, and wiki pages, the Commons provides you with tools to create your own networks, connect to your colleagues, and share your projects with the larger HETS community and the wider public. To join just click on the HETS Commons logo in our homepage or  the promotional banner (see image below). Registration requires a .edu email address, though you are welcome to associate another email address with your account after your profile has been created. We encourage you to invite your colleagues to the HETS Commons after your account becomes active, ...
  • Visite el portal oficial del XVII Encuentro Internacional Virtual Educa en Puerto Rico. VE 2016HETS en su colaboración con el Departamento de Estado de PR, se complace en invitarles a que visiten el portal oficial del evento XVII Encuentro Internacional Virtual Educa. Este evento tendrá como sede el Centro de Convenciones de la Ciudad de San Juan, Puerto Rico los días 20-24 de junio de 2016. El Encuentro acogerá aproximadamente unas 10,000 personas y será el escenario para presentar proyectos e iniciativas emblemáticas de Puerto Rico y sus Instituciones en temas educativos de k-12 como de educación superior, ciencias, tecnología, investigación, innovación, conectividad e internacionalización, entre otras áreas. A tenor con lo antes expuesto, es importante que las Instituciones de Educación Superior y Postsecundaria Técnico Profesional, sometan en o antes del 20 de abril de 2016 un listado con las Iniciativas emblemáticas que interesan presentar en el XVII Encuentro Internacional Virtual Educa. Para más detalles sobre los temas y ejemplos de proyectos que pueda someter visite: Call for Papers Virtual Educa 2016 . Si está interesado en participar en el Encuentro internacional puede realizar su registro desde este portal hasta el 10 de junio de 2016. ...
  • HETS Welcomes New Institutional and Corporate Members. Southeast Missouri State UniversityHETS also rejoices by extending its connection in Puerto Rico, and Missouri by welcoming American University of Puerto Rico, Southeast Missouri State University and corporate member Lighthouse Translations. We are delighted that they accepted our invitation to join our consortium.  Below a brief profile of each for your consideration. Founded in 1873, Southeast Missouri State University provides a comprehensive education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and practical experience. By emphasizing student-centered and experiential learning, the University prepares individuals to participate responsibly in a global and technologically advanced world. Internships and real-world learning are offered in all majors. By anticipating the skills and knowledge the marketplace will need, we ensure that our students are ready to launch extraordinary careers. With an enrollment of 12,000 students, the University is an ideal size to take advantage of critical learning and extracurricular opportunities. The main campus is located in Cape Girardeau. Other campuses include Kennett, Malden, Sikeston, and the River Campus. More than 30 online degree programs are also offered. Recently appointed, President, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, immediately accepted HETS invitation to join the ...
  • HETS Appoints Coordinator of Student Support Services. profileKarenRiveraDFor 23 years of service, HETS has been promoting its services to enhance student’s success and opportunities in Higher Education. To complement and strengthen this efforts, HETS hired Ms. Karen Rivera Díaz as Coordinator of Student Support Services on January, 2016, based on her experience and expertise. We feel incredibly privileged to welcome Karen to our family! For 12 years Ms. Rivera Díaz held positions related to the area of student services in higher education institutions. She was mentor of the Universidad del Este (Carolina) student council for three years. She has also has been speaker on subjects related to student leadership and has led restructuring processes of student services at the institutions she has worked. Karen has a Business Administration master’s degree from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and is currently in the process of doctoral dissertation, in the area of human resources, at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Among Ms. Rivera’s tasks, we can highlight the promotion of HETS student services available at its Virtual Plaza, and identify new services aimed to enrich the Student Placita area. Ms. ...
  • Available the videos of the presentations from the 2016 Best Practices Showcase. Track winners  panelThe videos access of most Best Practices are available on this website at the 2016 Best Practices Showcase Conference at a Glance page for the benefit of those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend. Celebrated in January 14 and 15, 2016 the HETS Best Practices Showcase highlighted and celebrated the outstanding work of its member institutions focused on three main tracks: Access and Student Mobility, Retention and Assessment in Higher Education always with special emphasis on Hispanics students. The 2016 Best Practices Showcase was officially opened by a plenary session by John Sener, Founder & CKO, Sener Knowledge, LLC. During the second day, a special Track Winner’s Panel took place. On this occasion, it was moderated by René Sainz from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and HETS active collaborator. The panel was composed of: Assessment: Carlos Guevara, Hostos Community College, CUNY; Retention: Dr. Doris Vilma Rodríguez, EDP University and Access: Karla González, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. For more details, visit 2016 Best Practices Showcase. Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleEmailPrint
  • 2014-2015 Annual Report: another year filled with accomplishments for HETS. AR 2014-15 portadaHETS recently published and shared the print and electronic version of its 2014-2015 Annual Report, a product that showcases the yearly accomplishments of this organization and the results of the collaboration among its more than 40 members. Year 2014-2015 was the third year of implementation of HETS Strategic Plan. HETS strategically focuses on services and opportunities that use technology to increase Hispanics’ access to Higher Education, optimize the retention of Hispanic students, and support the establishment of a solid culture of assessment at the postsecondary level. “It has been an honor to collaborate with our members, partners, and collaborators once more. This year’s efforts surpassed our plans and expectations. We were able to continue impacting multiple constituencies from our member institutions, including students”, expressed the Executive Director of the Consortium, Yubelkys Montalvo. During year 2014-2015, HETS celebrated its Virtual Best Practices Showcase. In total, the event gathered 119 participants from 25 institutions. In addition to the VBPS, HETS organized this year its first ever Student Leadership Showcase, which allowed the organization to directly reach out to and impact students. The event ...
  • The 2016 Best Practices Showcase Gathered More Than 40 Institutions of Puerto Rico and United States. DSC_8022HETS “Celebrated Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education” with its Best Practices Showcase, which took place Thursday, January 14, to Friday, January 15, 2016 at Universidad del Este in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event allowed the Consortium to bring together more than 40 of its member institutions in Puerto Rico and United States to share innovative projects and best practices. This was the fourth time that HETS was able to have this event for the benefit of attendees from different Higher Education institutions. This year, the Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than 30 best practices related to Access and Student Mobility, Retention and Assessment. The conference opened with the keynote speaker, John Sener, Founder and CKO of Sener Knowledge LLC. who shared with the participant an interesting discussion related to the improvement of learning and teaching leading to positive change in education, learning, and society. The also author of the book The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World, related his research to the conference tracks. In addition, as ...
  • Board Members Celebrated it’s Winter Meeting and The 2016 Best Practices Showcase in San Juan, PR. BoardMembersThe HETS Board of Directors winter session was successfully celebrated in San Juan, PR concurrent with the 2016 Best Practices Showcase. These events were held at the Escuela de Hospitalidad y Artes Culinarias José A. “Tony” Santana, hosted by Universidad del Este, AGMUS. Representatives of more than 25 member institutions from Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, Missouri, and California were present at the meeting and agreed on the priority activities for the next semester. The first session took place on Thursday January 14, as part of the series of events scheduled after the Best Practices Showcase Conference opening plenary session.  A second session was held on January 15, to discuss initiatives and future plans between HETS Board members and its Corporate Partners. Besides allowing the discussion of the key accomplishments of the organization during the first half of the 2015-2016 academic year, this meeting was crucial in the open discussion of the progress on the approved Strategic Plan of the organization from 2012 through 2017 that focus on access, retention and assessment. Among the exiting news shared with the Board of Directors, one ...

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