HETS celebrates its Student Leadership Showcase in New York at John Jay College-


Main Speaker of the event, Minué Yoshida


Yubelkys Montalvo and Will Simpkins from JJC during welcoming remarks to attendees.

On April 15, 2016, HETS celebrated, for the second time in New York City, the HETS Student Leadership Showcase, this time at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Students participated from institutions like: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Inter American University of Puerto Rico’s Center for Recruitment and Students at NY, John Jay College, LaGuardia Community College Lehman College, Berkeley College, Bronx Community College, and Stella and Charles Guttman Community College took advantage of this event celebrated for HETS member institutions student leaders of the north east region.

The main purpose of this event was to promote free of charge access to student services online provided by HETS that can support their academicMonicaMercado YelixaCastrogoals and share with them topics about how to use technology to maximize their resources. Those services were presented by Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, with Yelixa Castro and Mónica Mercado, HETS staff. During the event students were invited to be part of the HETS Student Advisory Committee to work hand in hand with the Committee established in Puerto Rico. Students were also encouraged to submit proposals of any innovative project developed by them or their peers to be showcased in future students’ events.


Amy Soricelly, Assist. VP, Career Services and Alumni Relations from Berkeley College

The main speaker of the event was Ms. Minué Yoshida-Aydelott, who talked about how your Multicultural Background will help you Succeed.  Later, Amy Soricelli, Assistant Vice President, Career Services and Alumni Relations from Berkeley College; explained attendees how LinkedIn maximize your Networking Opportunities; and finally, Mr. Ronald Bautista, Digital Marketing Strategist at Grupo Parada talked about Personal Branding, and learn how to take control your online visibility to tell your unique story on Social Media.

The event closed with the student recommendation session, which will allow HETS to learn more about student interests and needs to collaborate on exploring solutions to create additional support services. This session was followed by a raffle of gift cards and lunch. HETS recognizes and appreciates JJC staff, especially Dr. James Llana, Associate Provost and his assistant, Alison Orlando, which collaborated with the setup of their outstanding facilities. We also appreciated BMCC support for the recording of the event, and the speakers who share their expertise and experiences with our students.  These videos will be available soon at


Ronald Bautista from Grupo Parada

HETS YouTube channel.

On September 30, 2016 the HETS Student Leadership Showcase in Puerto Rico will be celebrated at the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus. For more information about this event and other HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, or contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372 / 2373.

Presenting our newest service: HETS Commons! Creating Communities, Enabling Dialogue and Collaboration.

HETS Commons Logo_Option_3We are pleased to announce our new service: HETS Commons! Just go to http://hets.org/commons/ and join this exclusive community today. The purpose of HETS Commons is to provide a social-networking platform that seeks to establish and provide a space for collaboration and exchange of ideas, knowledge, and best practices among all HETS member institutions. HETS appreciates your support with this new project. The HETS Commons is powered by the CBOX (similar to the CUNY Academic Commons) and WordPress multi-sites, and offers a variety of features, including blogs, groups, member profiles, discussion forums, and wiki pages, the Commons provides you with tools to create your own networks, connect to your colleagues, and share your projects with the larger HETS community and the wider public.

To join just click on the HETS Commons logo in our homepage or  the promotional banner (see image below). Registration requires a .edu email address, though you are welcome to associate another email address with your account after your profile has been created. We encourage you to invite your colleagues to the HETS Commons after your account becomes active, so they can benefit from this service as well.

Credits: Instructions adapted from the CUNY Academic Commons Tour (http://codex.commons.gc.cuny.edu/take-the-tour)

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HETS Welcomes New Institutional and Corporate Members.

HETS also rejoices by extending its connection in Puerto Rico, and Missouri by welcoming American University of Puerto Rico, Southeast Missouri State University and corporate member Lighthouse Translations. We are delighted that they accepted our invitation to join our consortium.  Below a brief profile of each for your consideration.

Southeast Missouri State UniversityFounded in 1873, Southeast Missouri State University provides a comprehensive education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and practical experience. By emphasizing student-centered and experiential learning, the University prepares individuals to participate responsibly in a global and technologically advanced world. Internships and real-world learning are offered in all majors. By anticipating the skills and knowledge the marketplace will need, we ensure that our students are ready to launch extraordinary careers. With an enrollment of 12,000 students, the University is an ideal size to take advantage of critical learning and extracurricular opportunities. The main campus is located in Cape Girardeau. Other campuses include Kennett, Malden, Sikeston, and the River Campus. More than 30 online degree programs are also offered. Recently appointed, President, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, immediately accepted HETS invitation to join the consortium and participated of the winter’s Board Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

AUPRAmerican University of Puerto Rico, University of America, emerged as post-secondary educational institution in 1963. In 1978 the institution became a four-year college and took the name of American College of Puerto Rico. In 1982 received the accreditation of all its programs and certification the Consejo de Educación de Puerto Rico who visited them along with the Middle States Association and the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools. Between 1986 to 1988 the institution was re-accredited by three agencies and was given permission to change its name to American University of Puerto Rico coinciding with the celebration its 25th anniversary. In 1997 created the Bachelor’s and associate degree of Criminal Justice. In 2001 began offering master’s degree in Criminal Justice, followed by others in the areas of education and business administration. Eventually the University is preparing to enter post-graduate studies.

LighthouseIn addition, Lighthouse Translations joined HETS as a corporate member. This company had provided simultaneous translation services during HETS Best Practices Showcase and decided that they also wanted to be part of our initiatives for the benefit of our members. Lighthouse has been offering accurate professional and accurate conference interpreting and translation services since 2003. They have more than twelve years of combined experience in event planning and project management that we bring to the area of Conference Interpretation. For more information about Lighthouse Translations please visit their website: www.lighthouseonline.com. Welcome to our newest members!

Available the videos of the presentations from the 2016 Best Practices Showcase.

The videos access of most Best Practices are available on this website at the 2016 Best Practices Showcase Conference at a Glance page for the benefit of those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend.

John Sener during the Opening Plenary

John Sener during the Opening Plenary

Track winners panel

Track Winners Panel

Celebrated in January 14 and 15, 2016 the HETS Best Practices Showcase highlighted and celebrated the outstanding work of its member institutions focused on three main tracks: Access and Student Mobility, Retention and Assessment in Higher Education always with special emphasis on Hispanics students.

The 2016 Best Practices Showcase Gathered More Than 40 Institutions of Puerto Rico and United States.

From left to right: Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Chairman & President UIPR; Yubelkys Montalvo HETS Executive Director; John Sener, keynote speaker, and Alberto Maldonado, Esq., Chancellor, UNE Carolina.

From left to right: Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Chairman & President UIPR; Yubelkys Montalvo HETS Executive Director; John Sener, keynote speaker, and Alberto Maldonado, Esq., Chancellor, UNE Carolina.

HETS “Celebrated Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education” with its Best Practices Showcase, which took place Thursday, January 14, to Friday, January 15, 2016 at Universidad del Este in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event allowed the Consortium to bring together more than 40 of its member institutions in Puerto Rico and United States to share innovative projects and best practices. This was the fourth time that HETS was able to have this event for the benefit of attendees from different Higher Education institutions.

Best Practices to Support the Success of Latino Student Event Gathered HETS Experts from Member Institutions in the West Coast-

csusmHETS and one of its member institutions, California State University, San Marcos and its Student Affairs Office; celebrated on March 24 an event, with a special focus on California State University campuses best practices to support the success of our Latino students. This was a very productive meeting where more than 20 attendees from California State University representatives from: Domiguez Hills, Fullerton, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, San Bernardino, and San Marcos, discussed best practices they have adopted and shared the lessons learned during their implementation.

The event opened with the welcoming remarks from Dr. Lorena Meza, Vice Lorena Meza_CSUSMpresident, Student Affairs at California State University San Marcos. She presented special invitees from Borough of Manhattan Community College Dr. MarvaMarva Craig_Michael Hutmaker_BMCC Craig, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dr. Michael Hutmaker, who presented their best practice on retention titled: Boutiquing – Designing Tailored-Fitted Retention Programs for the Student BodyLater, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Consortium Executive Director, talked about HETS Services featuring a HETS Commons Webinar directed by Carlos Guevara, HETS Carlos GuevaraCollaborator from Hostos Community College. Mr. Guevara explained the purpose of this new service available to HETS members which is provide a social-networking platform that seeks to establish and provide a space for collaboration and exchange of ideas, knowledge, and best practices among all HETS member institutions.


The event continued with best practices presented by Shari McMahan, Deputy Provost, and Sunny Sunny Moon_CSUFullertonMoon, Interim Director Institutional Research and Analytical Studies at California State University who presented their strategies to Increasing Student Success at California State University Fullerton; likewise Marisol Clark-Ibañez, Associate Professor/MASP Coordinator, Sociology CSU, San Marcos presented CSUSM P.A.S.O. Validation Theory and finally, Catherine Haras, Director for the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning CSU, Los Angeles shared their Course Redesign with Technology Initiative.

HETS would like to recognize CSUMS’s staff that helped with the setup and logistics of their outstanding facilities and the live transmission and recording of the event. For more information about HETS services, or contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372 or 2373.


Visite el portal oficial del XVII Encuentro Internacional Virtual Educa en Puerto Rico.

VE 2016HETS en su colaboración con el Departamento de Estado de PR, se complace en invitarles a que visiten el portal oficial del evento XVII Encuentro Internacional Virtual Educa. Este evento tendrá como sede el Centro de Convenciones de la Ciudad de San Juan, Puerto Rico los días 20-24 de junio de 2016.

El Encuentro acogerá aproximadamente unas 10,000 personas y será el escenario para presentar proyectos e iniciativas emblemáticas de Puerto Rico y sus Instituciones en temas educativos de k-12 como de educación superior, ciencias, tecnología, investigación, innovación, conectividad e internacionalización, entre otras áreas. A tenor con lo antes expuesto, es importante que las Instituciones de Educación Superior y Postsecundaria Técnico Profesional, sometan en o antes del 20 de abril de 2016 un listado con las Iniciativas emblemáticas que interesan presentar en el XVII Encuentro Internacional Virtual Educa. Para más detalles sobre los temas y ejemplos de proyectos que pueda someter visite: Call for Papers Virtual Educa 2016 .

Si está interesado en participar en el Encuentro internacional puede realizar su registro desde este portal hasta el 10 de junio de 2016. Rigen condiciones especiales para los educadores y nacionales de Puerto Rico. Para más detalles de este evento puede contactar a:

Luzaury Jiménez-Casanova
Coordinadora del Programa Campus Puerto Rico
Coordinadora del Instituto de Capacitación Técnica- PUERTAS
Secretaría de Estado Adjunto, Departamento de Estado de PR
Tel: 787-722-2121  (x 4354)
web: www.estado.pr.gov
web CPR: www.campuspuertorico.pr.gov


HETS Appoints Coordinator of Student Support Services.

profileKarenRiveraDFor 23 years of service, HETS has been promoting its services to enhance student’s success and opportunities in Higher Education. To complement and strengthen this efforts, HETS hired Ms. Karen Rivera Díaz as Coordinator of Student Support Services on January, 2016, based on her experience and expertise. We feel incredibly privileged to welcome Karen to our family!

For 12 years Ms. Rivera Díaz held positions related to the area of student services in higher education institutions. She was mentor of the Universidad del Este (Carolina) student council for three years. She has also has been speaker on subjects related to student leadership and has led restructuring processes of student services at the institutions she has worked. Karen has a Business Administration master’s degree from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and is currently in the process of doctoral dissertation, in the area of human resources, at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

Among Ms. Rivera’s tasks, we can highlight the promotion of HETS student services available at its Virtual Plaza, and identify new services aimed to enrich the Student Placita area. Ms. Rivera will be working with the HETS staff and Student Advisory Committee to develop new initiatives for the benefit of the student community at our member institutions. In addition, she already started to contact our members in Puerto Rico to schedule tailored presentations and hands on training depending of the needs and requests of each institution.

Should you want to coordinate a visit to your campus and take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Ms. Rivera via email: consultant@hets.org or directly to the HETS office at 787-250-1912 extensions 2372 or 2373. We hope to continue offering you quality services and continue moving forward to the accomplishment of our mission.

2014-2015 Annual Report: another year filled with accomplishments for HETS.

AR 2014-15 portadaHETS recently published and shared the print and electronic version of its 2014-2015 Annual Report, a product that showcases the yearly accomplishments of this organization and the results of the collaboration among its more than 40 members. Year 2014-2015 was the third year of implementation of HETS Strategic Plan. HETS strategically focuses on services and opportunities that use technology to increase Hispanics’ access to Higher Education, optimize the retention of Hispanic students, and support the establishment of a solid culture of assessment at the postsecondary level.

Board Members Celebrated it’s Winter Meeting and The 2016 Best Practices Showcase in San Juan, PR.


HETS Board Members during winter meeting at the Universidad del Este in Carolina, PR.

The HETS Board of Directors winter session was successfully celebrated in San Juan, PR concurrent with the 2016 Best Practices Showcase. These events were held at the Escuela de Hospitalidad y Artes Culinarias José A. “Tony” Santana, hosted by Universidad del Este, AGMUS. Representatives of more than 25 member institutions from Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, Missouri, and California were present at the meeting and agreed on the priority activities for the next semester.

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