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  • Available the videos of the presentations at the Theater from the 2014 Best Practices Showcase. The 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. 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. 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 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. 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 ...
  • Summer Board Meeting closes 2013 with new members, and set the road to the 2014 Best Practices Showcase. With an outstanding attendance of 27 presidents and representatives from our current 40 institutional members, HETS celebrated its summer Board Meeting on June 25 and 26, 2013 in New York. This meeting was hosted by Borough of Manhattan Community College in its recently opened Fitterman Hall building. This Board meeting closes the academic year 2012-2013 envisioning numerous new projects for next academic year, including the 2014 Best Practices Showcase. HETS shared the exciting news of its expansion not only among Puerto Rico and USA, but in Latin America. Additional HETS initiatives shared with the Board included the following: New services that were added to the HETS Virtual Plaza Campus visits that generated positive outcomes translated in additional memberships HETS events with partners, identification of more experts among members in new areas Collaborative efforts among members Redesign of the HETS Spanish online workshops ready to be offered this Fall semester Two online workshops in English ready to deliver in a self-paced modality Call for Proposals for the 2014 Best Practices Showcase Conference to be submitted on or before October 8. The 2014 Best Practices Showcase will take place on ...
  • Call for Proposals for the 2014 HETS Best Practices Showcase due October 8 The 2014 HETS Best Practices Showcase, Celebrating Innovation in Access, Retention, and Assessment to Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education, will take place during January 16 and 17, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We are delighted to announce the opening of our Call for Proposals until October 8, 2013. To submit online your proposal on retention, assessment by standards and by competencies, and Distance Learning, in Higher Education with an emphasis on Hispanics students click here. Your submission can be either in Spanish or English, since simultaneous translation services will be available during the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your experience and expertise! Submit online your proposal on or before October 8, 2013. To learn more about the tracks, evaluation criteria and process go to Showcase tracks.  Our goal is to have representation from most HSIs at this event. If you need more information do not hesitate to contact the HETS office at 1 (787) 766-2600 exts. 8910, 8911 or via e-mail: info@hets.org. By HETS
  • National Geographic Learning and Cengage present new academic resources As part of our corporate partner event Cengage Learning, academic leaders from K-12 and higher education had the opportunity to learn about the new educational resources available as part of a partnership with the well-known magazine National Geographic. Cengage General Manager for the Caribbean and Central America, Nelson Class, introduced the special guest of the event: Trevor Frost, National Geographic explorer, who presented his experience during his expeditions through photos, videos and entertaining stories. Also, International Marketing Manager for Latin America at Cengage, Caitlin Thomas, presented the new educational tools as a result of this new alliance. HETS wants to congratulate our corporate partner Cengage Learning for this initiative. We invite you to visit www.NGL.Cengage.com to learn more about this partnership and educational resources.   National Geographic Learning y Cengage presentan nuevos recursos académicos Como parte del evento de nuestro socio corporativo Cengage Learning, líderes académicos de educación primaria y superior tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer los nuevos recursos educativos disponibles como parte de una alianza con la reconocida revista National Geographic. El Gerente General del Caribe y América Central de Cengage, Nelson ...
  • Facultad de Derecho UIPR: Admisiones, Transferencias y Programa de Maestría para agosto 2013 La Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, anuncia que continuará recibiendo solicitudes de admisión para comenzar estudios el semestre de agosto  de  2013. Las  personas  interesadas  en  solicitar  para  el  Programa de  Juris Doctor  deben  tomar  los  exámenes  de  Admisión  EXADEP  y  LSAT,  y  cumplir  con  los criterios mínimos de admisión. La  Facultad  de  Derecho  también  anuncia  que  continúa  recibiendo  solicitudes  de transferencia de estudiantes de otras Facultades de Derecho y solicitudes al Programa de  Maestría  en  Derecho  LLM-Litigación  y  Métodos  Alternos  para  la  Solución  de Disputas. Para  completar  su  solicitud  de  admisión  e  información  sobre  requisitos puede acceder a www.derecho.inter.edu  y selecciona admisiones. Fechas de los exámenes de Admisión: EXADEP-  11 de mayo de 2013  | http://www.ets.org/exadep Fecha límite para registrarse 22 de abril de 2013 Fecha límite con recargos 29 de abril de 2013 LSAT- 9 de junio de 2013 : www.lsac.org Fecha límite para registrarse 7 de mayo de 2013   Facultad de Derecho Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico Oficina de Admisiones Po Box 70351 San Juan, PR  00936-8351 lvierav@inter.edu ipinero@inter.edu   www.derecho.inter.edu
  • Oracle Academy event to expand professional development opportunities among HETS members As part of the recent alliance between HETS and Oracle, they celebrated on March 20, its first event in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The conference/brunch with technology leaders and faculty was hosted by EDP University in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.  Participants from Huertas Junior College, Caribbean University, Carlos Albizu University, ICPR Junior College, Universidad del Turabo (AGMUS) and EDP College had the opportunity to exchange ideas with Ms. Aurora Roque, Customer Care Manager for Oracle Academy.  Ms. Roque also shared with the participants the advantages and opportunities that Oracle Academy offers to their institutions and its compromise with Education and HETS members. During the brunch, after the conference, attendees had the opportunity to interact with colleagues, share learning experiences, and learn new trends in educational technology, innovation and quality in Education. A copy of the event presentation is available at the following link: HETS/Oracle Academy Presentation. For more information about Oracle Academy, please contact the HETS office to help you coordinate a meeting with Ms. Aurora Roque from Oracle.

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