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  • HETS celebrates its Student Leadership Showcase in New York at John Jay College- On 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- HETS 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. We 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. HETS 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. HETS 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. For 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. The 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.
  • 2014-2015 Annual Report: another year filled with accomplishments for HETS. HETS 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. HETS “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. The 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 ...
  • Exitosa celebración del primer Día de Internet en Puerto Rico. El jueves 29 de octubre se celebró el primer Día del Internet en Puerto Rico, con actividades organizadas por el capítulo de Internet Society en la Isla en colaboración con HETS. Numerosas actividades educativas se llevaron a cabo simultáneamente en 12 municipios, 17 campus universitarios, así como en comunidades técnicas, escuelas públicas/privadas, y otros grupos de interés los cuales desarrollaron su propia agenda presencial o virtual. Un nutrido grupo participó del evento conectándose a través de la plataforma Adobe Connect en:https://icann.adobeconnect.com/iidc/. La transmisión virtual se realizó desde la 11:00 am hasta la 1:00 pm con una reunión magistral desde la sede del Centro Criollo de Ciencias y Tecnologías del Caribe (C3Tec) en Caguas. Allí también se leyó la proclama oficial que declara el 29 de octubre como Día de Internet en Puerto Rico. Los objetivos principales del evento fueron unir a Puerto Rico a la agenda global, celebrar los aportes que el ecosistema de Internet ha brindado, así como reflexionar y dialogar sobre cómo se han transformado los estilos de vida hacia una más “digital”. Para obtener más información sobre las actividades ...
  • Descargue en línea los nuevos folletos de servicios HETS- Click here to access the English version Como parte del proceso de la relocalización de HETS en su nuevo hogar; la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Metro; hemos actualizado nuestra información de contacto en documentos de promocion de servicios para nuestras instituciones miembros. Los siguientes materiales de nuestros servicios ya están disponibles en línea para descargar o imprimir a través de nuestra página web www. hets.org: Servicios de HETS: Con su membresía a HETS la instituciones miembros pueden establecer redes con líderes de otras instituciones, colaborar y beneficiarse de servicios gratuitos diseñados para responder a sus necesidades en común. Servicios para Estudiantes: Los estudiantes de nuestras instituciones miembros son el motor de HETS. Nuestra misión es ampliar las oportunidades de ellos en la educación superior. La mayor parte de los recursos disponibles para estudiantes pueden accederse a través de la Placita de Estudiantes en la Plaza Virtual. Servicios para Facultad y Administración: Dado que la membresía HETS es institucional, la comunidad académica puede establecer redes con líderes de otras instituciones, colaborar y beneficiarse de multiples servicios y eventos educativos. Catálogo de Talleres en español: ...
  • Sobre 400 Líderes Estudiantiles Universitarios Participaron del Segundo Encuentro de Líderes de HETS HETS celebró el segundo HETS Student Leadership Showcase el pasado viernes, 25 de septiembre de 2015 con la participación de sobre 400 líderes estudiantiles de sus 17 universidades afiliadas en Puerto Rico. Este evento tuvo como objetivo principal dar a conocer la variedad de servicios que tienen disponible libre de costo para apoyar su meta académica, para incrementar la retención y las oportunidades de éxito en sus estudios como parte de los beneficios de su membresia. Esta actividad fue celebrada en el Teatro del Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. Para ver video del evento siga el siguiente enlace: Conferencias HETS Student Leadership Showcase 2015. “Por segunda vez realizamos este encuentro de líderes universitarios donde logramos familiarizarlos con la gran cantidad de servicios gratuitos que HETS ofrece para apoyarlos en su carrera académica, y que a su vez compartan esta información con los estudiantes en sus instituciones”, dijo Yubelkys Montalvo, directora ejecutiva de HETS. Como resultado del Primer evento que se celebró en septiembre de 2014, HETS creó un Comité Asesor de Estudiantes que ayudó a coordinar este ...
  • Inter-American University HETS New Hosting Institution- Acceda aquí la versión en español From September 4, 2015, HETS has a new home. After 9 years hosted by Ana G. Méndez University System, HETS is relocating to the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. During these years, HETS had in AGMUS not only a host institution and a member, but one of its greatest collaborators. Throughout this time, HETS worked hand in hand with multiple departments and units at the AGMUS, including Sistema TV, its hosting unit. “We are incredibly grateful for the hospitality and generosity of the leaders and staff at Ana G. Mendez. We are especially grateful to Dr. José F. Méndez, its President, not only for opening the doors to us, but making us feel at home and putting its resources at our service”, said Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director. HETS new host is another of its best collaborators. The Inter American University has been actively involved throughout the Consortium’s history. The institution has hosted many of HETS events, including the Student Leadership Showcase, multiple workshops, and HETS Board Meetings. Like AGMUS, the IAUPR is one of HETS ...
  • Universidad Interamericana nueva institución sede de HETS- For English version click here Desde el 4 de septiembre de 2015, HETS tiene un nuevo hogar. Luego de nueve años en el Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez, HETS se relocaliza a la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. Durante los pasados nueve años, HETS tuvo en el SUAGM no sólo a una institución sede y miembro, sino a uno de sus grandes colaboradores. A través de este tiempo, HETS trabajó mano a mano con múltiples departamentos y unidades en SUAGM, incluyendo Sistema TV, su unidad anfitriona. “Estamos sumamente agradecidos por la hospitalidad y generosidad de los líderes y el equipo de trabajo de Ana G. Méndez. En especial, estamos muy agradecidos con el Dr. José F. Méndez, no sólo por abrirnos las puertas, sino también hacernos sentir como en casa y poner sus recursos a nuestro servicio”, expresó Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS. La nueva institución sede de HETS es otra de sus grandes colaboradores. Por años, La Universidad Interamericana ha estado activamente involucrada en el Consorcio. Esta institución ha sido sede de muchos de los eventos de HETS, incluyendo el “Student ...

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