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  • More than 35 outstanding proposals evaluated to be considerated part of the HETS Best Practices Showcase. We are delighted to share that our original goal of 28 proposals has been surpassed, since we received more than 35 outstanding proposals for evaluation. As of today, we have confirmed 30 presentations among the four tracks, for the two day event. A second phase of evaluation has been initiated in order to select the final Best Practices presentations that also will be part of this event. The Second HETS Best Practices Showcase will focus on four main tracks: access, retention, assessment, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for Hispanics on February 16 and 17, 2012 in San Juan, PR. We are pleased to announce that the name of the presenters and a summary of their proposals are already uploaded on our website on the following link: Showcase Tracks. We invite you to visit this link to learn about the specific topics of the presentations.  Online registration for the event is available, go to: HETS BPS 2012 Registration to reserve your space. We would like to extend our gratitude to all the authors who took the time to submit their ...
  • Call for Proposals period for the HETS Best Practices have been extended to November 4, 2011 Tuesday 25th of October 2011 Call for Proposals period for the HETS Best Practices have been extended to November 4, 2011 The HETS Best Practices Showcase “Celebrating Innovation in Access,Retention, Assessment, and STEM Education to Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education”, will take place during February 16 and 17, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We have received a compilation of outstanding proposals, but we still have room for more! The new deadline for the Call for Proposal is November 4, 2011. To submit your proposal on Access, Retention, Assessment, or STEM Education click here.  Your submission can be either in Spanish or English, since simultaneous translationservices will be available during the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your experience and expertise! A special Thanksgiving offer of 10% discount will be honored to all those who register before November 28, 2011.  Register today and don’t miss this limited time offer and our keynote speaker Dr. Antonio Flores, President & CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).  To learn more about the tracks, evaluation criteria ...
  • Dr. Antonio R. Flores: Keynote Speaker at the HETS Second Best Practices Showcase   HETS is delighted to inform that, Dr. Antonio R. Flores, President & CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), will be one of the main speakers at the Second Best Practices Showcase.  We will be celebrating this event, “Celebrating Innovation in Access, Retention, Assessment, and STEM Education to Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education”, on February 16 and 17, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. HETS Best Practices Showcase is intended to praise the work of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), in adopting and implementing innovative technology strategies to enhance access, retention, STEM, and successful assessment learning outcomes among the Hispanic student population. We would like to extend this invitation to faculty members, instructional designers, student support staff, distance learning personnel, and other academic and support leaders to showcase and share their most ground-breaking practices. Attendees will be not only able to learn from the showcased works, but also find solutions to many common issues and even establish new possibilities for collaboration with other institutions and potential partners. In appreciation of the support we receive from the HSIs, a special ...
  • Lehman College President Receives NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award The HETS office wants to congratulate Dr. Ricardo Fernández, Lehman College President, for his recent achievement, the receipt of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Award.  Lehman College is one of the HETS founding members that initiated the Consortium in 1993.  Dr. Fernández has been part of the HETS Board of Directors ever since. BRONX, N.Y. — Lehman College President Ricardo R. Fernández received the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award on Sept. 18 during the Jets game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. The Jets went on to win the game, 32-3. The award to President Fernández was given in recognition of his 21 years of service at Lehman College and his long-time leadership and advocacy in his community. He is the longest-serving of the 23 current CUNY presidents. “I was very proud to accept this award on behalf of the faculty, students and staff of Lehman College of The City University of New York,” said President Fernández. “Our students come from throughout the metropolitan area and from more than 90 nations. They go on to contribute in important ways to the vitality of ...
  • New Service section, New Face: the Redesign of the HETS Website and the Virtual Plaza In order to facilitate the navigation the HETS website, recently it was redesigned to improve both its image and functionality.  It contains an easy to navigate and clean structure that, at the same time, conveys an organized series of modules easy to manage and maintain updated. The main menus have been reorganized and a result, the new Our Services menu was created.  On this new section HETS Members will have the chance to look at- a -glance of all the benefits they can take advantage of.  From here they will learn about Professional Development Events, HETS Events , and our Publications. One of the most innovative additions is the online registration to our Professional Development Events and the Second Best Practices Showcase. Also, by just one click, Member Institutions can get access to the Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) to allow their students access e-books, practice and get prepared on-line for admission tests at The Virtual Plaza. In collaboration with member institutions, they can get access to the online writing lab, entrepreneurship courses, as well as online career guidance through ...
  • New International Member benefits from Informational Videoconference on the Accreditation Process of MSCHE Thursday 22nd of September 2011 New International Member benefits from Informational Videoconference on the Accreditation Process of MSCHE New International Member UCC benefit from informational video conference provided from HETS in collaboration with Dr. Maritza Ortíz, IUPR. The Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (UCC), HETS first International Member Institution, participated of an informational video conference through the HETS office during the afternoon of September 19, 2011.  UCC was eager to learn more about the process to get accreditation from Middle States Commission of High er Education (MSCHE), and successfully get to know all the basics in this first stage of collaboration between UCC, Interamerican University of PR (IUPR) and HETS. Dr. Maritza Ortíz, Director of Institutional Accreditation and Licensing at the IUPR, was the person who diligently explained the process to various participants from UCC.   Dr. Ortíz is responsible for coordinating the process of re-accreditation of the IUPR in the spring of 2013. She is ...
  • HETS visits the East Coast of the United States to Strength Relations with Members and Partners Thursday 22nd of September 2011 HETS visits the East Coast of the United States to Strength Relations with Members and Partners Left: Dr.Robert Messina, Jr., President of Burlington County College with Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director and collaborators at BCC. Right:HETS Executive Director with Dr. Eduardo Martí, HETS Chairman and Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges (CUNY) at his office in New York. During the week of September 12-16, 2011, the HETS Executive Director visited various campuses, in our commitment to better serve our Member Institutions and explore new collaborative liaisons.  These had the purpose to reinforce internal relations and increase member’s involvement. This time we reached institutions at Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Florida. The institutions visited were:  City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Malcom X College (CCC), Burlington County College (BCC), Bronx Community College (BXCC) and The City University of New York offices.   During our visit to Illinois, we had the opportunity to meet the new Provost at CCC, Dr. Kojo Quartey. He assigned Dr. Lizzette Richardson, Associate Vice Chancellor at CCC, as HETS representative in charge of assisting the HETS ...
  • A Legacy of Excellence: Dr. Carolyn G. Williams honored by HETS after 15 years of service as President of Bronx Community College Wednesday 21st of September 2011 A Legacy of Excellence: Dr. Carolyn G. Williams honored by HETS after 15 years of service as President of Bronx Community College Left: Dr. Carolyn Williams receive from Dr. Ricardo Fernández, President of Lehman College and Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director the recognition for her dedication to the Consortium.  Right: Dr. Eduardo Martí, HETS Chairman and Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges at CUNY and Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director records a farewell message for Dr. Williams. Bronx Community College joined the HETS Consortium in 2004 drive by the visionary President of this Institution, Dr. Carolyn Williams. For the past seven years, Dr. Williams have been actively involved in HETS initiatives in her continuous interest to contribute to higher education as part of our Board Members.  She also served as the Board of Directors Secretary for a four year period, demonstrating her commitment to evolve, learn, and engage in a new educational and technological venture. Last June 30, 2011 after 15 years of service, she was honored by colleagues in a very elegant and emotional ...
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  • HETS Expands its Services with a New International Member Institution Thursday 18th of August 2011 HETS Expands its Services with a New International Member Institution The Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia became HETS first international member institution HETS goes International! We are pleased to welcome our newest and first international member, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (UCC).  The university has 19 campuses in different cities of the country.  Recently, HETS traveled to Bogotá, Cali and Medellín, Colombia to offer tailored workshops to several higher education institutions, among them UCC.  During this visit, they had the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of becoming a HETS Member Institution and decided to join the Consortium.  With this new membership, HETS expands its vision to South America, which is also present in Puerto Rico, New York, New ...
  • HETS 2011 Summer Board Meeting: statement of accomplishments for academic year 2010-2011 The HETS June Board of Directors Meeting was successfully held at Lehman College in Bronx, NY, on June 28 and 29.  Besides allowing the discussion of the key accomplishments of the organization during the 2011-2011 year, this meeting was crucial in the proposal for the direction of the Strategic Plan of the organization from 2011 through 2016.  Representatives of more than 20 member institutions from Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and Chicago were present at the meeting agreed on the priority activities for the next semester. Priorities include the Second HETS Best Practices Showcase, to be held in February 2012 in Puerto Rico. This event will continue to celebrate the innovative use of technology in post-secondary education as a means to foster true learning and promote the success of Hispanic college students. This time, the event will be a mixed-media conference in order to allow those who are not able to physically attend to still take advantage of the topics discussed and topics shared. Please access the February 2012 Best Practices Showcase link  to learn about this upcoming event.  HETS ...
  • Absolute success the Best Practices in Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness Showcase Event in New York The HETS Consortium recognizes the significance to diffuse an assessment culture and applying effective and efficient assessment tools. Toward this end, on June 29, HETS successfully presented the Assessment Event: Best Practices in Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness Showcase at Lehman College (LC). In order to establish an overall strategy to promote effective development and implementation of assessment efforts through the innovative and strategic use of technology to our Member Institutions; four presentations were selected to showcase their Best Practices. During the event more than 55 attendees had the opportunity to focus on the presentations from Member Institutions: John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JJC), Queensborough Community College (QBCC), Berkeley College (BC) and Bronx Community College (BCC). The event was brilliantly directed by Prof. Robert Whittaker, Associate Provost (LC) with the assistance of Prof. Alfredo Calderón. The session opened with the presentation Assessing Hispanic, Generation 1.5 student’s ability to find and correct recurring grammatical errors in their college writing by Dr. Christopher Davis, Director of the Center for English Language Support (JJC) followed by Ms. Geralyn Marchisello, Research Associate (QBCC), ...
  • New Workshop Sessions for the HETS Basic Certification, Completely Online! HETS Announces the new sessions starting August 2011. Register online today! The HETS consortium opened the new sessions completely online of the HETS Basic Certification: Integración de nuevas tecnologías en la Educación Superior. Each workshop will be validated with 12 contact hours, and at the end of the 4 workshops series, participants will get a total of 4.8 continuing education credits. Participants will have 4 weeks to complete the activities as required, giving them enough time to learn at their pace and convenience. These workshops will be offered in Moodle or Blackboard online platforms. During these workshops, each participant will have the personalized assistance of experts from some of our Member Institutions in respective topics. The scheduled dates for the HETS Basic Certification workshops are: Servicios en Línea para Estudiantes (Student Services Online) Date: August 22 to September 16, 2011 Avalúo de Cursos y Facultad en Línea (Faculty and Online Course Assessment) Date: September 19 to October 14, 2011 Creación de un Módulo Educativo ...
  • HETS reinforces its commitment with International Higher Education Institutions through collaboration with Blackboard, in Colombia HETS and Cognos OnLine, collaborated with Blackboard, Inc during the workshops presented in Colombia on June 2011 As part of the agreement with one of our Major Corporate Partners, Blackboard Inc (Bb), HETS had the opportunity to extend the collaboration, this time, to several Higher Education Institutions in Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, Colombia. These series of workshops were possible thanks to the efforts of Cognos OnLine, Bb representative in Colombia, who coordinated these events through the HETS office. More than 100 faculty members from: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá), Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores (Bogotá), Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia ( Medellín) and Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (Cali) took advantage of these workshop sessions conducted in June 2011 by one of the HETS Member Institution Expert from National University College. HETS have been recognized for its commitment to achieve excellence in Higher Education, especially among the Hispanic community. Through this collaborative agreement with Bb, HETS have been able to reach international audiences among different cities in Colombia also at Bb Forums in Mexico. HETS is constantly looking for newer and fresher ideas ...
  • Live Ustream Transmission for the HETS Best Practices in Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness at Lehman College HETS Assessment event will take place on June 29, 2011 at Lehman College HETS it’s delighted to celebrate an Assessment event at Lehman College (Bronx, NY) to highlight the Best Practices in Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness. This event will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Music Building, Faculty Dining (Ground Floor), Lehman College. For those interested, but not able to attend, just click here to watch the live UStream transmission the day of the event. After the evaluation of submitted proposals from different HETS Member Institutions, John Jay College, Queensborough Community College, Berkeley College and Bronx Community College have been selected to showcase their Assessment Best Practices during this event. Also, we will have a special guest from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE): Dr. Tito Guerrero, III, Vice President of MSCHE. This is an excellent opportunity to identify strategies, in higher education, focused on impacting the Hispanic student population by enhancing retention, college completion, and successful learning outcomes. Certainly, these are excellent examples of ...

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