The HETS Connection
Volume : 4 - Issue : 4 - MAY 2008

Special Report: Assessing Needs Among Members in the NY Region


As part of an action item of our last Board meeting in June 2008, Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director and Ms. María L. Hernández, Executive Assistant to President José F. Méndez from the Ana G. Méndez University System, had the opportunity of meeting with representatives from nine HETS member institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, during the week of March 3 to 8, 2008.

The purpose of this trip was to discuss the needs of these institutions, as well as the benefits and services offered by HETS, with each one of the identified key personnel provided by HETS. This trip served also as a way of exploring the viability of opening a regional office in New York. A total of 49 representatives from the following institutions participated and contributed to this effort: Lehman College, Hostos Community College, Bronx Community College, Bronx Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Queensborough Community College, Medgar Evers College, Kutztown University, and Burlington County College (please refer to Figure 1 below for a visual distribution of participants by institution).

A brief presentation about the HETS services was delivered to the participants in order to provide with an overview of their benefits as members of the Consortium. A thorough discussion on their individual needs and interests followed this presentation. This supported the process of collecting a series of recommendations from our own members and exploring collaboration for future projects.

Through this HETS Connection Special Report, we highlight the most important aspects discussed during these campus visits regarding the needs and common interests of participating institutions from New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Issues discussed give a general idea of the possibilities of collaboration with other HETS institutions, as well as of the potential role of a HETS office in this region.

How to read this report

In the next sections you will be able to read about the preliminary impressions regarding the viability of the establishment of a New York office. More specific details will be reported in the post-Board meeting issue of the HETS Connection. After this section, we include a review of the key issues, needs, and interests identified among participants, categorized in the following areas: Technology Infrastructure and Resources, Faculty Development, Student Support, and Distance Learning. The last section includes other general conclusions and issues to take into consideration.

Figure 1. Institutional Distribution of Participation during Campus Visits in New York

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