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  • Summer Board Meeting closes the second year of HETS Strategic Plan. Boardmembers-June2014Celebrating our 20th anniversary and with an outstanding attendance of 25 presidents and representatives from our current 41 institutional members; HETS celebrated its summer Board Meeting on June 19 and 20, 2014 in New York. This meeting was hosted by Lehman College. The Board meeting closes the academic year 2013-2014 with positive report on our second year of Strategic plan results, and envisioning numerous new projects for next academic year, including the election of the new Board Officers. 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 and also a summary of the 2014 Best Practices Showcase Conference. Other HETS initiatives shared with the Board included; the results of the Online Journal publication, HETS Spanish online workshops and the self-paced online workshops in English offered during fall semester. Concurrent with the meeting, Lehman College presented its Technology Showcase event in which faculty members exposed their Best Practices in Teaching with Technology. The event was ...
  • Concurrido primer evento de Cengage Learning y HETS en la Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico. Equip Cengage LearningEl primer evento de Cengage Learning y HETS titulado: La experiencia de aprendizaje en la era de la exploración, reunió a participantes de 15 de las 17 instituciones miembros de HETS en Puerto Rico.  Este evento tuvo lugar en la Biblioteca de la Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico en San Juan, PR, el pasado 25 de abril. Ver video con highlights del evento. El evento inició con una cordial bienvenida a los asistentes por parte de la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo, quien a su vez presentó a Heyda Delgado, Directora de Educación a Distancia de la UPPR en representación del Presidente de esa institución, y al orador principal del evento el Sr. Fernando Valenzuela, Presidente de Cengage Learning, Latinoamérica. Luego de haber presentado interesantes aspectos sobre los estudiantes y la educación en esta era de la exploración; continuamos con la presentación de Dr. Karen Kovacs, Sr. Director Educational Outcomes de   Cengage, quien discutió las tendencias en Learning Outcomes y compartió algunos casos innovadores de instituciones en Latinoamerica. Luego de un breve receso, retomó la agenda la Lcda. Carolina Rivas, ...
  • HETS promueve proyecto de transporte eco-amigable para celebrar el Mes del Planeta Tierra. logoCOOPILOTOSan Juan, Puerto Rico – Demostrando su compromiso con el medio ambiente, HETS anuncia su apoyo al proyecto Coopiloto, la primera iniciativa de transporte compartido (carpooling) en Puerto Rico, con el fin de reducir la huella ecológica de los estudiantes y sus universidades miembros. Para conmemorar el Mes del Planeta Tierra, HETS toma acción y promueve la dinámica de compartir carro entre los estudiantes a través del proyecto Coopiloto, una iniciativa sin fines de lucro que busca mejorar la movilidad ciudadana y convertirse en una alternativa de transporte económica, eficiente, entretenida y ecológica en Puerto Rico. El portal www.coopiloto.net es la única plataforma virtual gratuita para compartir carro en la isla, una forma moderna y segura de pedir pon por Internet, lanzada en enero de 2014. La misión de Coopiloto es conectar conductores (con carro y asientos vacíos) y pasajeros (buscando pon) que viajan las mismas rutas para que compartan carro y ahorren. Al compartir carro, las personas se dividen los costos del viaje (gasolina, peaje, estacionamiento), siendo un beneficio económico para todos. La idea del proyecto es conectar a estudiantes de ...
  • The Inter American University of Puerto Rico announces its 2014 Summer Law Program. UIPRLawprogram2014The Inter American University of Puerto Rico will host the summer program Immigration, Human Rights and Maritime Law in the Caribbean. The two-week program will take place in San Juan and Vieques, Puerto Rico from July 6 to July 20, 2014. Students will have the opportunity of taking up to 4 credits in Immigration Law, Human Rights and Maritime Law taught by local faculty experts on their fields. The courses will combine class-room and experiential learning, visits to points of interests and guest lecturers. Along with the courses, students will have an exceptional cultural experience. We offer Spanish language instruction and a cultural immersion program at no additional costs. The courses are taught in English and Inter American University is an ABA approved Law School. Deadline for application is April 28, 2014.  For application contact Ms. Angela Torres, Director of Admissions, atorres@juris.inter.edu. Download here the 2014 Summer Law Program Brochure   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleEmailPrint
  • The Department of State of Puerto Rico recognizes the trajectory of President José Jaime Rivera. ReconocimientoJJRPresident José Jaime Rivera was recognized by the Department of State of Puerto Rico (DEPR) for his significant contribution and academic trajectory through a career full of achievements and recognitions. The surprise tribute was presented during UNESCO’s cathedra event held last Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the DEPR Theater. This event brought together leading international speakers, local academic, government and other sectors leaders, who discussed the issue of Social Responsibility of Universities. As part of President Rivera’s recognition and appreciation, the Secretary of State, Hon. David Bernier, presented a proclamation to Dr. Rivera, and Dr. Lydia Espinet, Academic Dean of USC,  read a profile and presented a video about the extensive career of President Rivera.  HETS congratulate Dr. Rivera for this tribute and appreciates his enormous collaboration and commitment to higher education within and outside of Puerto Rico.  Spanish version El Departamento de Estado de Puerto Rico reconoce trayectoria del Presidente José Jaime Rivera El Presidente José Jaime Rivera fue reconocido por el Departamento de Estado de Puerto Rico (DEPR) por su trayectoria académica y significativa aportación a través de una carrera llena ...
  • Available the videos of the presentations at the Theater from the 2014 Best Practices Showcase. videos2The videos of the highest ranked Best Practices are available on this website at the 2014 Best Practices Showcase Conference Videos page for the benefit of those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend. Celebrated in January 16 and 17, 2014 the HETS Best Practices Showcase highlighted and celebrated the outstanding work of its member institutions focused on three main tracks: retention, assessment of student learning by standards and by competencies, and Distance Learning, in Higher Education with mission-driven emphasis on Hispanics students. The 2014 Best Practices Showcase was officially opened with a panel discussion at the Theater of the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, host institution of the event.  This panel of experts was moderated by HETS Chairman and President of IAUPR, Manuel Fernós, Esq. and it was composed by the following panel of experts: Dr. Alberto Acereda, Senior Strategic Advisor to the Vice President and COO of Higher Education at Educational Testing Services (ETS) Dr. María Mercedes Ruíz Cediel, Director, Educational Innovation and Technology, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia  Dr. Tito Guerrero, III, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education To close the event, ...
  • The 2014 Best Practices Showcase bring together more than 30 universities from Puerto Rico, United States and Latin America. videos1 HETS celebrated its Best Practices Showcase: Celebrating Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education during January 16 and 17, 2014. The event was hosted by the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was the third time that HETS celebrated this important gathering of higher education institutions from Puerto Rico, United States and Latin America to share its best practices and innovative projects for the benefit of the academic community. This year we received more than 30 institutions members and non members of the consortium. The conference opened with an experts panel composed of: Dr. Alberto Acereda, Sr. Strategic Advisor for Educational Testing Services (ETS); Dr. María Ruíz Cediel, Director of Educational Innovation and Technology, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia and Dr. Tito Guerrero, III, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This panel shared interesting discussions related to the retention on Hispanic Students, Assessment and Distance Learning. In addition, as part of the Conference’s program more than 35 best practices were shared with attendees related to the use of new technologies in the classroom, new tools used ...
  • Board members gathered to celebrate 20 years of the Consortium as part of the activities of its winter meeting in San Juan. Foto-Board-Meeting-Jan-14 With an outstanding attendance of presidents and representatives from 32 out of 41 institutional members, HETS celebrated its winter Board Meeting on January 16 and 17, 2013 in Puerto Rico. This time the meeting was hosted by the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. This Board meeting closes the first semester of the academic year 2013-2014 and receives 2014; a very exciting year for the organization and its members, as HETS continues to commemorate its 20th Anniversary with envisioned new projects. As part of the festivities of the Consortia’s 20th anniversary celebration, Board members and special invitees gathered at the Department of State of Puerto Rico in Old San Juan in a cultural night on January 15. During the celebration, sponsored by the Department of State of PR, HETS founding members and special collaborators were awarded in a very exciting ceremony. The protocol was followed by a fashion show presented by the students of the fashion design department of the Universidad del Turabo, from the Ana G. Méndez University System. As part of this celebration, a special section has been added to our website ...
  • HETS inaugurates a state-of-the-art website and Virtual Plaza. HETS reevaluated its internet presence and the impact on its members and Latino community that we serve.  The goal of HETS was to move from our current web model to a hosted approach that enhances user experience, ease of content management and provides better information, products, and services to our membership and audience while meeting high standards for consistent design quality, branding and ease of use of our main pages www.hets.org and Virtual Plaza (http://hets.org/virtualplaza/) . In total, all of the HETS’s websites receives a high volume of hits per year and we want the experience to be an appealing one. As a result, Grupo Parada, one of our Major Corporate Partners, began this new phase and accepted to  assists in the implementation of the newly enhance websites for the Hispanic/Latino populations in United States, Caribbean and Central and South America.  A fresh new look and feel images in a state-of-the-art website have been applied to our pages as well as an implementation of a robust search engine with the support of ADA requirements. The goal of this project is to ensure top performance ...
  • HETS firma acuerdo de colaboración con el Departamento de Estado de Puerto Rico para convertir la Isla en un Centro Internacional de Educación Secretario de Estado de Puerto Rico, David E. Bernier junto al Lcdo. Manuel Fernós, Presidente Junta de Directores de HETS y de la UIPR durante la firma del acuerdo.El Secretario de Estado de Puerto Rico, David E. Bernier, y el Lcdo. Manuel J. Fernós, Presidente de la Junta de HETS y de la Universidad Interamericana de PR, firman un Acuerdo de Colaboración con el objetivo principal de exponer de manera conjunta la oferta académica presencial, virtual e híbrida, existente o por desarrollarse, a modo de instrumento de promoción de servicios para atraer académicos, investigadores y estudiantes extranjeros, transferir conocimiento y técnicas, y desarrollar capacidades en diferentes sectores de América Latina y el Caribe, principal, pero no exclusivamente. El Acuerdo firmado con HETS tiene cuatro (4) áreas de acción principales: (1)promover la oferta académica, científica y cultural de PR en Estados Unidos, América Latina, el Caribe y España; (2) coordinar y canalizar peticiones de educación continua y adiestramiento, según las necesidades del DEPR; (3) apoyar en la organización de eventos, reuniones, conferencias, y fomentar la participación en eventos y organismos regionales e internacionales en y fuera de Puerto Rico para la cooperación y el intercambio técnico, científico, académico y cultural; y (4) apoyar la creación de un Centro de Investigación. ...
  • The schedule of the HETS Best Practices Showcase is available with 35 outstanding presentations. HETS-BPS-2014-Banner-740 We are delighted to share that the concurrent sessions schedule for the upcoming Best Practices Showcase has been released. As of today, we have confirmed 35 presentations among the Retention, Assessment and Distance Learning tracks, for the two day event.  The 2014 HETS Best Practices Showcase, Celebrating Innovation in Retention, Assessment, and Distance Learning to Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education, will be held January 16 and 17, 2014 in San Juan, PR. Visit today the concurrent sessions page to prepare in advance your event schedule. During the event will be showcasing their best practices presenters from the following member institutions: Puerto Rico: Ana G. Méndez University System, Universidad Central de Bayamón, Polytechnic University, University of Puerto Rico, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón,  and National University College New York: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Lehman College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Hostos Community College, and Queensborough Community College New Jersey: Bergen Community College California: San Jose City College Washington: Eastern Washington University Minnesota: Minnesota West Technical Community College Texas: University of Texas Pan American Pennsylvania: Kutztown University Kansas: Fort Hays State University Colombia: Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia This conference also ...
  • HETS and Blackboard promotes innovation in education during the Puerto Rico’s E Learning Forum 2013 Ms. Bessie Rivera during the National University College Online presentationBlackboard (Bb) and the HETS Consortium celebrated on September 19, a full day with educational and technology leaders in Puerto Rico during the 2013 Blackboard E-Learning Forum.  This year event was hosted by the Metropolitan Campus of the Inter American University, San Juan, P.R. More than 20 higher education institutions, corporations and organizations, learned about new technologies, innovations, trends in education and the phenomenon of the Multimedia Student. Visit the page HETS event with Blackboard 2013 link to access the presentations showcased during this forum. More than 90 participants took advantage of the relevant topics discussed. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to interact with colleagues, share learning experiences, and learn new trends in educational technology, innovation and quality in Education and interact with educational leaders’, specialists from Blackboard from Puerto Rico and Latin America. In addition, HETS workshop session during the event provided the opportunity to understand and maximize the use of platforms and its educational tools focused on assessment. Mr. Jorge Salinas, Solutions Engineer at Bb International, opened the informational sessions talking about Blackboard’s general vision and most importantly ...
  • Casa abierta Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericaca de Puerto Rico La Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico llevará a cabo su tradicional CASA ABIERTA el sábado, 21 de septiembre de 2013 de 10:00 AM a 12:30 M.  La actividad se celebrará en la sede de la Facultad de Derecho, en la Calle Federico Costas Núm. 170 en Hato Rey (cerca de Plaza Las Américas, entrando por la Calle Calaf). La Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico es una institución educativa de excelencia que cuenta con más de 50 años dedicados a la enseñanza del Derecho.  Se distingue, entre otros méritos, por un ambiente muy propicio para el estudio, cordiales relaciones interpersonales entre profesores y alumnos, estructuras físicas que invitan al aprendizaje, un Centro de Acceso a la Información con la más avanzada tecnología, un cuerpo estudiantil de impresionantes credenciales, un programa de experiencias internacionales variado, un magnifico personal de apoyo comprometido con nuestra misión educativa y un profesorado compuesto por distinguidos juristas, cuya excelencia pedagógica, publicaciones, preparación académica, experiencia profesional y compromiso social, contribuyen a garantizar que los estudiantes obtengan una sólida formación ...
  • Link to the videos of the sessions held during the special event at BMCC, NY in June 25-26, 2013. Concurrent with its summer Board Meeting last June 25 and 26, HETS celebrated a Special Event at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). The main purpose of the event was to connect key administrators in four different areas: Retention, Assessment, Distance Learning and Information Technologies to discuss common issues on their area and share their best practices. Experts from member’s institutions in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Puerto Rico and Colombia participated from the round tables discussions on these relevant topics shared their best practices and exposed their ideas both at BMCC and also through the Blackboard Collaborate HETS virtual room. During the first day of the event, participants exchanged their ideas and best practices with the moderators Mr. Alfredo Calderón, HETS Consultant and Dr. Robert Whittaker from Lehman College (NY) and selected team leaders to present findings and highlights of the discussion on each track to be presented to the HETS Board Members.  You can access these discussion sessions on the following links per track: Retention, Assessment and Distance learning & Information Technology. During the second day of the event, Dr. ...
  • ETS provides research to drive innovation in assessment through the HETS Virtual Plaza. One of HETS corporate partners, Educational Testing Services (ETS), goal is to make fundamental contributions to the progress of education worldwide. They achieve this through educational research and analysis, fair and valid assessments, innovative product development and informative policy studies. In its compromise with HETS and its member’s institutions, we are glad to announce that, from the Virtual Plaza you can have immediate access to relevant research data compiled by experts that includes internationally distinguished research scientists, psychometricians and assessment experts. Just go to the Assessment resources link under the Faculty and Administrators Placita to access research focused on three core areas: Assessment Development and Analysis, Assessment Research and Policy Research. These tools will lead HETS member’s institutions to drive innovation that advances assessment, learning and teaching, advance the field of educational measurement and promote effective and equitable education policy. We are confident that the access of these research tools will result in benefit of our institutional communities and will assure HETS mission to promote, support, and increase the capabilities of member institutions to enhance Hispanic/Latino student success and opportunities.  If ...

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