HETS presents special recognition and appreciation to President José Jaime Rivera’s on his Farewell during the HETS Board Meeting, June 2014.

Dr. JJRiveraFarewell-2HETS and all its members recognized and highlighted the legacy of Dr. José Jaime Rivera and its outstanding path as President of one of the HETS founding member institutions: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón who is also part of our Executive Committee.

During the recently celebrated HETS meeting, the Board and its representatives, recognized President of Universidad del Sagrado Corazón on his retirement and were thankful of his commitment and valuable contributions to HETS during the past years during a special activity at Lehman College in New York.  As part of the HETS family recognition to this extraordinary leader and person, HETS Chariman Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq. and Executive Director, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo presented a tailored craftsmanship to him on behalf of the Consortium. To watch a video highlighting Dr. Rivera’s journey click here: Dr. José Jaime Rivera legacy.

Dr. José Jaime Rivera was the President of the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan, Puerto Rico since November of 1992 with active participation in the Higher Education field, including our Consortium and will be deeply missed.

Summer Board Meeting closes the second year of HETS Strategic Plan, and set the path to the next Virtual Best Practices Showcase on 2015.

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 second edition of the Virtual Best Practices Showcase on January 2015.

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 also transmitted live through Lehman’s College U-Stream Channel. Soon the link to access these outstanding presentations will be included in this website for the benefit of those that couldn’t attend face to face. For more details on this event visit: HETS Technology Showcase event.

We look forward to continue strengthening our HETS initiatives the upcoming year to foster a greater collaboration among all of our affiliates and widen our partnerships with other organizations, as we continue celebrating 20 years of continuous services. For more information about HETS projects, please contact the HETS office anytime.

Concurrido primer evento de Cengage Learning y HETS en la Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico.

Equip Cengage LearningEl 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 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, Sr. Director, Learning Solutions de Cengage, para hablar sobre cómo se pueden crear experiencias de aprendizaje de alto valor en el Siglo XXI. Acto seguido el Sr. Jair Félix, Sr. Consultant English Learning Solutions de Cengage, habló a los presentes sobre como Cengage utiliza los contenidos de National Geographic como herramienta para ensenar el inglés como segundo idioma y su importancia para los futuros ciudadanos del Mundo; como parte de su presentación le acompañó la Dra. María Antonia Irizarry, profesora y coordinadora del Programa Graduado, Teaching of English as a Second Language, de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Río Piedras. La serie de conferencias concluyó con Carolina ParraResearch Solutions Business Manager de Cengage, junto al Sr. Carlos Crespo de COBIMET, quienes hablaron sobre su el desarrollo de la competencia informacional y la utilidad de las bibliotecas virtuales. El cierre de la actividad estuvo a cargo del Sr. Valenzuela quien dirigió una dinámica con el fin de que cada mesa de participantes compartiera una frase de impacto como resultado de su experiencia durante el evento.  Antes del almuerzo se realizó una rifa de una Tablet y un acceso ilimitado por tres meses a las bases de datos y revistas electrónicas de National Geographic entre los asistentes. Como experiencia adicional, los participantes interesados tuvieron la oportunidad de navegar y explorar, en el moderno salón Center for the Excellence on Teaching and Learning de la Universidad Politécnica, algunos de los servicios en línea que Cengage Learning tiene disponibles.

Próximamente estaremos incluyendo la página del evento de Cengage, enlaces a los videos de cada una de las conferencias de este evento para el beneficio de aquellos que no nos pudieron acompañar.  Aprovechamos para agradecer al personal de la Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico que colaboró de alguna manera u otra para que este evento fuera tan exitoso.

The Department of State of Puerto Rico recognizes the trajectory of President José Jaime Rivera.

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President José Jaime Rivera receives recognition from Secretary of State Hon. David Bernier.

President 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 Unescoproclamation 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 de logros y reconocimientos. El sorpresivo homenaje se realizó durante un evento de las Cátedras de UNESCO que se celebró el pasado jueves, 27 de marzo de 2014 en el Teatro del DEPR. Este evento reunió a importantes oradores internacionales, líderes académicos locales, gubernamentales y de otros sectores, quienes discutieron el tema de Responsabilidad Social de las Universidades.

Como parte del reconocimiento al Presidente Rivera, el Secretario de Estado, Hon. David Bernier, entregó una proclama al Dr. Rivera, y la Dra. Lydia Espinet, Decana Académica del USC, leyó una semblanza y presentó un video sobre le extensa carrera del Presidente Rivera. Felicitamos al Dr. Rivera por este merecido homenaje y agradecemos su inmensa colaboración y compromiso con la educación superior dentro y fuera de Puerto Rico.

By: HETS

Available the videos of the presentations at the Theater from the 2014 Best Practices Showcase.

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:

To close the event, a special Track winner’s panel  took place during the second day. On this occasion, it was moderated by Dr. Nitza Hernández, Former HETSfotos2 Executive Director. The panel was composed of: Assessment: Dr. Jane Delgado, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY; Distance Learning: Dr. Celia Cruz-Johnson, Reading Instructor, Reading Department, San José City College; and Retention: Dr. Marva Craig, Vice President for Student Affairs, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.  In addition to the videos, you can also read the power point presentations of each Best Practice on the Concurrent Sessions page. For more details, visit 2014 Best Practices Showcase.

The 2014 Best Practices Showcase bring together more than 30 universities from Puerto Rico, United States and Latin America

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Opening expert panel seated from left to right: Mr. Manuel Fernós, HETS Chairman and moderator; Dr. María Ruiz, UCC; Dr. Alberto Acereda, ETS and Dr. Tito Guerrero III, MSCHE.

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.

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Dr. Nitza Hernández directs to the public during the track winners panel. From left to right: Dr. Hernández, Dr. Jane Delgado, BMCC; Dr. Celia Cruz-Johnnson, SJCC and Dr. Marva Craig, BMCC.

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 to support present and online students, technologies to enhance students’ success, assessment process and integration of social media to the academic atmosphere among others. Please visit Concurrent Sessions to learn more about the best practices shared during the two day conference, get access to the video at Theater and to the copies of the rest of presentations.

As part of the event, HETS also celebrated an Academic Fair free of charge on January 16 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Sport Complex of the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. The academic fair purpose was to help students and professionals learn more about HETS member institutions academic offerings. Among the institutions showcased in this event we can mention: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, National University College, Ana G. Méndez University System, EDP University, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, Polytechnic University of PR, Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR, Caribbean University, the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Carlos Albizu University, Huertas College, University of Texas- Pan America, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY), Lehman College (CUNY), Bronx Community College (CUNY), Berkeley College (NY & NJ), Eastern Washington University and the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia.

HETS would like to recognize the valuable collaboration of the USC, President, Dr. José Jaime Rivera, the Office of Public Relations, headed by Dr. Maria Eugenia Madrid and its staff who made possible the success of this event.

Please visit the event page to access copy of the presentations and the links to the best practices showcased at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón Theater during the event. For more information about this event you can also contact our office at 787-766-2600 extensions 8910 y 8911.

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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 allowed other Hispanic Serving Institutions that are not members of the Consortium to submit proposals. As a result, one proposal was selected from San José City College in California. A full list of presenters and a summary of their presentations have been included on the event page  of our website (concurrent sessions) for your consideration. We invite you to visit this link to learn about the specific topics of the presentations.  Online registration for the event is available at: HETS BPS 2014 Registration to reserve your space. For those attendees traveling outside Puerto Rico, we invite you to take advantage of the HETS group rate ($159 per night, plus taxes) at the Conrad Hotel. To reserve your room online go to: 2014 HBPS room registration.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all the authors who took the time to submit their work, and also to the dedicated evaluation committee who voluntarily worked to evaluate all the proposals submitted per track. These committees were established and appointed based on the expertise of each member on related area.

About the event:

HETS would like to highlight and celebrate the outstanding work of its member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. HETS has defined a “best practice” as an innovative approach or strategy that, with the effective use of technology, has proven to increase recruitment, promote student success, improve student retention and completion, and provide institutions with viable, effective, and efficient approaches to assessment. Overall, it will be a celebration of innovative technology strategies in Higher Education focused on impacting the Hispanic student population by enhancing retention, college completion, and successful learning outcomes.

Certainly, HETS member institutions are experts in dealing with the Hispanic population and finding ways to provide them with opportunities to succeed, and we want to open a space for them to share this expertise. Once again, 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.

By: HETS

HETS firma acuerdo colaboración con Departamento de Estado de Puerto Rico

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.