HETS “Celebrated Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education” with its Best Practices Showcase, bringing together more than 25 of its member institutions in Puerto Rico and United States. This event took place Thursday, February 1st and Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and allowed the Consortium to share innovative projects and best practices. This was the fifth time that HETS was able to host this event for the benefit of attendees from different Higher Education institutions.
Dr. Carlos Vargas, HETS Chair and President, SEMO during the President’s Panel.
Dr. Antonio Pérez, President, BMCC.
This year, the Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than 24 best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention and Distance Learning. The conference opened with a President’s Panel, moderated by HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas (Southeast Missouri State University) in which, Dr. Antonio Pérez (Borough of Manhattan Community College), Dr. Gloria Baquero (National University College), Dr. Carlos Morales (TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College), and Dr. Omayra Caraballo on behalf of President Manuel Fernós (Inter American University of Puerto Rico) shared with the participant an remarkable discussion related to their institution’s efforts to achieve excellence in areas of Access, Retention and Distance Learning.
In addition, as part of the Conference’s program more than best practices were shared with attendees related to the use of new technologies (such as gamification) in the classroom, new tools used to support present and online students, technologies to enhance students’ engagement and success, assessment processes, effective metrics to monitor online retention and integration of social media to the academic atmosphere among others. The videos of all presentations will be available soon at the event page in our website and also at the HETS You Tube Channel.
Dr. Juan Meléndez presented a new book on the Distance Learning in PR.
As a value added to participants, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez and a group of doctorate students of the University of Puerto Rico, presented the results of their research about theory and practice of online education in Puerto Rico. Also during the conference two panel of experts, where showcased including one with the winners of each track; Dr. Carmen Cid from Eastern Connecticut State University (retention track winner and conference’s highest score), Dr. Karen González and Dr. Roxana Domenech from Universidad Metropolitana, Cupey Campus, AGMUS (access track winners), and from the Inter American Universtiy of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus, Dr. Lisbel Correa (distance learning tack winner).
Zyrux Senior class president and vice president receiving from HETS Executive Director their prize for most attendance to the Academic Fair.
As part of the conference events, HETS celebrated its Academic Fair on Thursday, February 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm with more than 300 participants, including the group of the Zyrux 2018 class from the Escuela Superior Acreditada Urbana in Aguas Buenas, which were the winners of a $400 prize for being the group with the most participants attending the fair. The fair was held at the main lobby of Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus. Students and professionals interested in learning more about academic offerings to complete a college degree enjoyed and took advantage, free of charge, of this Academic Fair.
HETS would like to recognize the valuable collaboration of Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Treasurer and UIPR President, and Prof. Marilina Wayland, Chancellor of the Metro Campus, and her staff for hosting and made possible the success of this event while making everyone felt like home. For more information about this event, access the Conference webpage on this website, call the HETS Office at 787- 250-1912, extensions 2372 and 2373, or send an email to email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce that the official Program for the 2018 HETS Best Practices Showcase, Celebrating Innovation to Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education, has been published. This event will take place during February 1st and 2nd, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A total of 23 presentations together with the Opening Session and a Special Panel with the winners of each track will showcase their best practices in the areas of: Access, Retention and Distance Learning in Higher Education. Online registration for the event is available at: https://hets.org/hets-events/hets-best-practices-showcase-2018/registration/. Our goal is to have representation from most HETS Member Institutions, and Hispanic Serving Institutions at this event. Reserve your space today! For more details about the conference please visit the event page using this link: 2018 Best Practices Showcase.
We are pleased to inform that HETS office has been operating from October 10th, 2017. HETS office remained closed since September 19, because due to the hurricane damage, electricity and Internet access were severely affected and there wasn’t any availability of it in the Island. We truly appreciate all the messages with your concerns, good thoughts, and disposition to help in the relief efforts. Our thoughts are also with all member institutions in PR, which have been affected and in some cases damaged too. Together we will achieve the unspeakable.
Regarding HETS next events, HETS Executive Committee will have a special meeting to make sure all the arrangements can be made to offer the events planned. These events includes, HETS next board meeting that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 1st, and Friday 2nd, 2018 at the Inter American University, in San Juan, PR, concurrent with the Best Practices Showcase. Click here for more information about this Conference, and to access the Call for Proposals. In case of any changes, we will inform it immediately.
Our special gratitude goes to HETS Treasurer, Manuel J. Fernós and his staff at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico for all their support during this emergency. They had made possible the temporary relocation of HETS office at the UIPR Central Offices (Multiuse Room #1). You may contact us either by calling (787) 766-1912 extension 2521, our phones (you can leave a message), or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, HETS Executive Director will be accessible either by email, text or phone call at (787) 616-3201, in case of immediate assistance. We look forward to continue recovering to offer HETS services and initiatives this Academic Year to foster a greater collaboration among all of our members. Should you have any questions regarding HETS services or events, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.
Te esperamos este viernes, 15 de septiembre de 2017 en el próximo HETS Student Leadership Showcase en el Teatro de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Metropolitano en Cupey a partir de las 8:00 am. Habrá regalos para los primeros en llegar. Nuestra meta es comenzar el evento a las 9:00 am, tal como especifica la agenda a continuación:
Este evento es libre de costo, pero los espacios son limitados.
Haz click aquí para: reservar tu espacio en línea hoy!
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- Registros de grupos: para facilitar el proceso de registro, la persona encargada del grupo debe entregar listado con los nombres de los participantes presentes.
De necesitar información adicional, favor de comunicarse vía email: email@example.com o teléfono al: (787) 250-1912 ext. 2372, 2373.
Concurrent with its Summer Board of Directors Meeting, HETS celebrated a special event in New York City for Admissions, Distance Learning and Information Technology Directors on June, 28 2017, at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). The main purpose of this event was to identify strategies, and explore ways to collaborate through HETS on maximizing the assistance for transfer students including attending the particular issues that also distance learning students would face. The session was directed by Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, and Ms. Diane Walleser, Vice President for Enrollment Management at BMCC who also moderated the topic discussion. To access and read Ms. Montalvo’s presentation click here. For Diane Walleser’s presentation click here.
Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC
Participants attended face to face this event from; Bronx Community College; California State University, San Marcos; College of Staten Island; Hostos Community College; Framingham State University; LaGuardia Community College; Lehman College, Southeast Missouri State University; Stella and Charles Guttman Community College; Inter American University of PR in Puerto Rico and NY; University of Houston Downtown; University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and Borough of Manhattan Community College. In addition, participants connected online from EDP University; Carlos Albizu University; John Jay College; California State University, Long Beach; Springfield Technical Community College; and University of Puerto Rico joined the event to collaborate in a very deep and interesting discussion about the transfer students process, and how HETS member institutions can help make this a seamless transition. Members from HETS Executive Committee, Dr. Carlos Var
HETS Vice Chair, Dr. Gloria Baquero and Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas during the event with other participants.
gas (Chair), Dr. Gloria Baquero (Vice Chair), and Dr. Carlos Morales (Regional Representative) welcomed all attendees along with Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC, who hosted this event.
The event closed with a brief presentation of the discussion results and recommendations to the HETS Board of Directors which allowed HETS to learn more about student needs and the best ways to create additional support services for them and our member institutions. HETS would like to recognize BMCC’s staff that helped with the setup of their outstanding facilities at Fiterman Hall and the live transmission and recording of the event. To watch the recording of this event click here. For more information about this event, and how to get involved, please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372 / 2373.