Honoring the memory of a visionary man: José María Antón, Virtual Educa’s General Secretariat.

From left to right: Yubelkys Montalvo, Manuel J. Fernós, José María Antón, Suleira Quiñonez during the Collaboration Agreement signed between HETS and Virtual Educa on February 2019

We regret to share that Virtual Educa’s General Secretariat, José María Antón died of coronavirus on Saturday in Spain. The previous week he had tested positive for Covid-19 and entered intensive care and pass away last Saturday March 21st. We are deeply sad with his loss and would like to honor his memory and highlight his leadership and commitment with education. As a visionary man and exceptional professional, José María Antón always promoted programs and initiatives for innovation in Education, as basic mechanisms for sustainable development and social transformation, especially in the Americas Latin America and the Caribbean. His guidance and important role will be deeply missed, precisely in this new academic scenario that we are living now, that he was totally committed to.

As a very important partner, HETS will continue the collaboration with Virtual Educa signed on February 2019 (click here to learn more). This agreement allows us join efforts to develop projects that link entities from Latin American, Caribbean countries and with related agencies in other regions of the world. Although José María leadership will be enormously missed, we will follow his example and continue his legacy. We send our thoughts to his family, our colleagues from Virtual Educa and all the ones who had the opportunity to work with him or meet him. Rest in peace. To read the official news visit: https://virtualeduca.org/mediacenter/comunicado-oficial-de-virtual-educa-sobre-el-fallecimiento-de-jose-maria-anton/.




On its sixth edition, the 2020 Best Practices Showcase gathered more than 25 Institutions from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and United States in San Juan.

A sixth edition of the HETS Best Practices Showcase was held in Puerto Rico, bringing together more than 25 of its member institutions. This event took place in January 16 and January 17, 2020 at the Law School of the Inter American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and allowed the Consortium to share innovative projects and best practices. More than 100 attendees from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and United States took advantage of the presentations shared by different Higher Education institutions.

This year, the Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than 20 best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration. The conference opened with a Plenary session by Dr. Peter Shea, Associate Provost for Online Learning, University at Albany. Dr. Shea addressed to attendees about Best Practices for a promising future of (online) learning in the age of AI and automation. In addition, this year as part of the Conference’s program best practices were shared with attendees related to better serving Distance Learning Students, transfer process, retention, hybrid programs, culture of Hispanic STEM Success, access tools for Hispanic-Latino students, and technologies to enhance students’ engagement and success (such as Google Classroom, e portfolios) 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.

Also, during the conference was showcased the track winner’s panel, moderated by HETS Vice Chair, Dr. Carlos Morales (TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College) in which he presented those who achieved the highest scores on their presentation proposals per track. Dr. Michael Hutmaker from Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) participated as the winner of the retention track, and Dr. Rolando J. Méndez, from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, winner of the Online Learning and Technology Integration track. The Access track winners; Ms. Laurie Austin, Ms. Deira Pereyra, and Ms. Lisa Moalem, from Lehman College (CUNY) were also the Overall Conference winners obtaining the best score all around. As a value added to participants, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez and a group of doctorate students of the University of Puerto Rico, presented the latest results of an ongoing research about theory and practice of online education in Puerto Rico.

Concurrent with the Best Practices Showcase, the HETS Board of Directors held their Winter meeting in which the results of the first semester of academic year 2019-2020 were discussed. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings both online and face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the result of our main student event the HETS Student Leadership Showcases was presented. Board members were informed by several Student Ambassadors who talked about the initiatives performed at their institutions and how this program had helped them grow as leaders. Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Metropolitan Community College (Kansas), and Louisiana Community and Technical College System. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like COBIMET and ETS, who also welcomed PR Top Level Domain as new partner.

HETS would like to recognize the valuable collaboration of Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Treasurer and UIPR President, and Dr. Julio Fontanet, Chancellor of the Law School, and his attentive staff for hosting and made possible the success of this event while making everyone felt like home. Moreover, we will like to express our gratitude to PR Top Level Domain for their sponsorship and making the closing reception of our Best Practices Showcase a memorable one with the music of Pleneros and a cultural show. 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 info@hets.org.

Save the Date! HETS Best Practices Showcase, January 16 and 17, 2020!

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 HETS Best Practices ShowcaseCelebrating Innovation to Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education, will take place at the Inter American University Law School during January 16 and 17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Access and download the Conference Program at: https://hets.org/hets-best-practices-showcase-2020/2020-best-practices-showcase-schedule/.
In addition, the online registration for the event is available at:
https://hets.org/hets-best-practices-showcase-2020/2020-best-practices-showcase-registration/. Our goal is to have representation from most HETS Member Institutions, and Hispanic Serving Institutions at this event. Please save these dates to attend this special gathering!
If you need more information do not hesitate to contact the HETS office at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373, 2372; 787-616-3201 or via e-mail: info@hets.org. Thank you for your support to HETS and it’s Best Practices Showcase initiative.
Looking forward to seeing you again in San Juan, PR on January 16 & 17, 2020!  

Universidad Carlos Albizu anuncia sus Casas Abiertas en San Juan y Mayagüez

¡Reciba saludos cordiales por parte de la Universidad Albizu! Con el propósito de guiar y orientar a quienes de una forma u otra se interesan en la oferta académica de la Universidad Albizu, anualmente se presentan los Albizu Tours. Son casas abiertas que le permiten recibir charlas sobre los programas graduados, participar de clases demostrativas, conocer a la facultad y estudiantes, entre otros. La actividad es gratis y personalizada. Sin embargo, es necesario que confirme asistencia por correo electrónico o mensaje de texto al contacto que aparece a continuación, según su preferencia (Recinto de San Juan o Centro Universitario de Mayagüez). Es importante indicar el programa de interés para separar su espacio. 

Recinto de San Juan (26 de octubre, 23 de noviembre y 14 de diciembre de 2019)
Zayra Fernández
Oficial de Reclutamiento Recinto de San Juan
Oficina de Reclutamiento y Admisiones
Oficina: 787.725.6500 ext. 1520
Celular: 787.423.2034








Centro Universitario de Mayagüez (16 noviembre y 7 de diciembre de 2019)
Stephanie Rosa Cortés
Oficial de Reclutamiento Centro Universitario de Mayagüez
Oficina de Reclutamiento y Admisiones
Oficina: 787.838.7272 ext. 7133
Celular: 787.371.8072








De no poder asistir a la actividad, puede comunicarse luego y separar una cita para orientarle sobre las alternativas y posibilidades de estudio en la Universidad Carlos Albizu.  El horario es de lunes a jueves de 9:00a.m. a 6:00p.m. y viernes de 9:00am a 3:00pm. ¡Separa la fecha y participa de la experiencia!

HETS Board Members visited the west coast for the first time to celebrate their meeting which closes academic year 2018-2019.

For the first time, the HETS summer Board of Directors meeting was held June 20 and 21, 2019 in San Marcos, CA, hosted by California State University, San Marcos. This Board meeting ends academic year 2018-2019, an intense year for

Dr. Karen Haynes, President CSU San Marcos

the organization and its members, presenting second year results of the Strategic Plan executed successfully in its second year.

The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of previous one, and it’s focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Hosts, President Dr. Karen Haynes, and Dr. Lorena Checa, from CSUSM greeted all attendees and opened the meeting sessions after their cordial welcome messages.

Board Members at The McMahan House, CSUSM

Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings both online and face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main events the HETS Virtual Best Practices Showcase, Student Leadership Showcases and Tours were presented. Board members were informed about the alliance between HETS and HACU for the publication of the Online Journal during the fall of 2019. Moreover, the final page our newest service, Student Passport was presented officially to the Board during the first day of meeting.

Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Ponce Health Science University. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Instructure, and also welcomed COBIMET as new partner.

As part of the Board meeting agenda, HETS celebrated the Special Event: Best Practices, The Cougar Care Network. The Cougar Care Network is an early support initiative to improve student success, retention and persistence. This event was transmitted via live stream and its recording will be accessible soon on the HETS YouTube channel (access here the presentation handout).

HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President Karen Haynes; Dr. Lorena Checa, Vice President for Student Affairs, and all their staff at CSUSM for hosting these events at their facilities. For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.

Access to watch the videos of the presentations from the 2020 Best Practices Showcase

HETS is pleased to announce that the videos of it’s 2020 Best Practices Showcase, Celebrating Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education, are available at our web page.  Visit the Conference Schedule section of the event page and access the links to watch the videos. A playlist with all videos is available at our YouTube channel, you can access it here: 2020 BPS video playlist.

Celebrated January 16 and 17, 2020 the HETS Best Practices Showcase highlighted the outstanding work of its member institutions focused on three main tracks: Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration in Higher Education. During this year, several presenters excused themselves from the Conference due to the earthquakes emergency and those videos are not available to watch. However, you can also learn more about the best practices by accessing correspondent title on the schedule page. We would like to recognize the collaboration of HETS member institutions, whose experts showcased their best practices to support Hispanic student population and finding ways to provide a space for member institution to share this expertise. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information at 787-250-1912, ext. 2372, 2373 or via e-mail: info@hets.org. Thank you for your support to HETS and it’s Best Practices Showcase initiative.

BEST Practices Showcase and Board of Directors will be held as scheduled in San Juan, PR! (January 16 and 17, 2020)

HETS is pleased to share that after a meeting with HETS Chair, Carlos Vargas-Aburto, and HETS officers, David Gómez and Manuel J. Fernós, we have decided to celebrate the HETS Best Practices Showcase and Board of Directors Meeting, as scheduled on January 16 and 17, 2020 at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Law School in San Juan, PR. Our host, president Fernós from Inter American University, confirmed that the venue of the meeting was inspected by structural engineers, who had certified that the Law School buildings doesn’t have damages, and are in optimal conditions and with electric power. We encourage you to come to attend the conference and register online on this link: https://hets.org/hets-best-practices-showcase-2020/2020-best-practices-showcase-registration/. Only the Academic Fair was cancelled to assure the security of our students. Once again, thank you for your unwavering support to the HETS Consortium. If you need further information please contact us at the Executive Director’s phone (787) 616-3201. Looking forward to seeing you this week in PR!

In a special collaboration with HACU, the Volume X of the HETS Online Journal has been published

Dr. Carlos Vargas, HETS Chair

We are delighted to highlight the publication of the Fall Issue, Volume X, of the HETS Online Journal. This is a peer review journal that started on year 2010, with issues published every semester. The HETS journal addresses relevant topics impacting technology and Hispanic Students, including student retention and assessment, and the very important topic of student access. As our Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto said on his message: “the Fall 2019 issue is a special collaborative effort between HETS and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). This collaborative issue highlights the organizations’ shared mission: to facilitate the success of Hispanic students in higher education.”

Dr. Antonio Flores, HACU President & CEO

As a result of this strategic collaboration and team effort, we appreciate Dr, Antonio Flores, president & CEO of HACU comments: “we are particularly thrilled to see faculty and administrators at HACU-member institutions represented among the authors in this edition. The HETS Journal maintains an important role in the world of academic publishing in higher education. I trust you will find this issue to be a useful resource as we collectively work to serve the 3.6 million Hispanic students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country.”

We would like to recognize Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School at New Mexico State University, who represented HACU as invited editor, and two invited reviewers on this issue; Dr. Marielly Galarza, Dr. Barbara Flores. Likewise, our sincere gratitude to editor in Chief, Pamela Vargas, and members of the Editorial Board: Dr. Ana Milena Lucumi, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Dr. Manuel Correa, Dr. Carlos Morales, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez, Prof. Pura Centeno for once again, accepting the challenge of reviewing and selecting the articles among the many impressive submissions received.

We encourage you to forward the link to HETS Online Journal with your colleagues. In addition, we invite you to consider submitting an article to share your knowledge and experience in any of these areas impacting higher education. The deadline to submit your articles for the Spring Issue is March 27, 2020. Click here to download the guidelines to submit your article. Your submission should be an original work either in English or Spanish and need to be sent to the HETS office via e-mail to: info@hets.org.

Through publications such as the HETS Online Journal, which is included in EBSCO Publishing’s databases, we can share the latest and best information with others in higher education. For more information about the HETS Online Journal, please contact the HETS office at (787) 250-1912 or via email: info@hets.org.

Por sexto año consecutivo, se celebra el HETS Student Leadership Showcase con casa llena.

Más de 740 estudiantes llenaron el Teatro para participar de la 6ta edición del HETS Student Leadership Showcase el viernes, 13 de septiembre de 2019 en el Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana en Cupey. Como en eventos anteriores, tuvimos estudiantes de las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico: American University, Atenas College, Universidad Carlos Albizu, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, EDP University, National University College, ICPR Junior College, Universidad Central del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Ponce Health Science University, Universidad Ana G. Méndez los anfitriones la Universidad Interamericana de PR. Además, participaron invitados de instituciones invitadas como la Universidad Politécnica de PR y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR y por primera vez participaron estudiantes de la Escuela Laboratorio de la UIPR, CEDIN.

Nuevos miembros, Comité Asesor HETS

Con una agenda muy variada, el evento comenzó cuando el animador y miembro del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de HETS, el Prof. Albert Troche, quien brindó una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes. A este saludo se unió la Rectora del Recinto Metro, la Profa. Marilina Wayland y la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo, quien presentó dos nuevos miembros del Comité Asesor y reconoció la presencia de otros miembros en el público. HETS creó el Comité Asesor de Estudiantes con el fin de ayudar a coordinar eventos futuros y a identificar los intereses y necesidades de este grupo para colaborar en la búsqueda de soluciones y servicios que los apoyen. Acceda aquí los videos del evento.

Estudiantes Embajadores de HETS

También, la Sra. Montalvo presentó los nuevos estudiantes Embajadores de HETS, que comenzaron este año académico y se reconoció la presencia de los estudiantes embajadores del año pasado que siguen sus funciones este año. Montalvo añadió que “estamos complacidos de que el Programa de Embajadores continúe con más de 20 estudiantes, quienes recibirán una ayuda económica para promover los servicios entre sus pares en sus instituciones. Esto como resultado del donativo recibido de la Fundación Francisco Carvajal.”

Equipo ENACTUS, UAGM Cupey

Luego de los saludos, la agenda del evento comenzó con la sección que ha sido constante en los eventos Student Leadership Showcase: la presentación de proyectos innovadores de estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS. Inmediatamente, los estudiantes del Equipo ENACTUS de la Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Cupey tomaron el escenario para presentar el proyecto; ¡Cataño Vive! Este proyecto les ha hecho ganadores de diversos premios como: 1er Lugar Liga de Desarrollo Competencia Nacional 2019 y semifinalistas en la competencia nacional, entre otros.

Juan L. Negrón

Continuando con la agenda del evento, subió al escenario el orador principal del evento, Juan Leonardo Negrón, director del Programas y Asuntos Externos del Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) en Washington, DC. Negrón, quien ha sido reconocido como uno de los 30 líderes globales menores de 30 años por la revista Forbes, durante su 30 under 30 Global Summit en Israel; habló a los estudiantes sobre las oportunidades que pueden desprenderse de su desempeño como ciudadanos globales en su charla: Connecting you the real world: How to become a Global Leader?

Trivia HETS

La agenda continuó con la charla de la Sra. Cristina Hunter de Popular at Work, sobre la importancia del buen manejo de sus finanzas a los asistentes en su ponencia Principios Financieros. Luego, la Dra. Karen Rivera, Consultora en asuntos estudiantiles de HETS, dirigió una breve dinámica entre varios estudiantes quienes compitieron en vivo en una trivia interactiva para conocer quién de ellos tenía mayor conocimiento de los servicios de HETS y las herramientas libres de costo que tienen accesible a través de la Plaza Virtual de HETS y sus bases de datos TERC y Career Transitions.

Dr. Gabriel Paizy

Luego de la trivia de servicios de HETS, el Dr. Gabriel Paizy compartió con los presentes varias herramientas sobre el poder de las palabras y cómo utilizarlas efectivamente con su acostumbrada habilidad y perspicacia. El Dr. Paizy es director de la Escuela de Comunicación Ferré Rangel de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, creador del movimiento En Buen Español y es un activo colaborador de HETS.

Concluidas las presentaciones en el Teatro, se realizaron rifas de regalos cortesía de nuestros auspiciadores y se solicitó a los participantes completar la hoja de evaluación del evento. Para último, la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo reconoció la colaboración de nuestros anfitriones y colaboradores que nos han apoyado durante los últimos seis años para el éxito de este evento que celebra el liderazgo estudiantil entre nuestras instituciones miembros. Además, se presentaron los auspiciadores del evento: Inter Metro, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Educational Testing Services (ETS), Claro de PR, Cape Air, Café Yaucono, Coca Cola, Costco, Frito Lays, Hotel Intercontinental, Hotel Caribe Hilton, United Airlines, Fourth Brain, International Restaurants y Office Max. A la salida del Teatro, los participantes disfrutaron del almuerzo. Para más información sobre HETS y sus servicios puede comunicarse vía correo electrónico a info@hets.org, o llamando al (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373 / 2372.

HACU and HETS to partner on special edition online journal focused on Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

(Left) HACU President Antonio R. Flores and (Right) Agnes Mojica, Chancellor, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán present Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Lic. Manuel J. Fernós with a token of appreciation at HACU’s International Conference.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and HETS have announced their collaboration on a special edition of an online journal focused on Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The organizations shared missions to facilitate the success of Hispanic students in higher education will be highlighted through this collaboration.

Manuel J. Fernós, president of Inter American University of Puerto Rico spoke about the partnership during HACU’s 13th International Conference on May 2, 2019, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The special edition of the journal will feature articles authored and reviewed by members of both organizations.

HACU and HETS members are invited to submit articles on best practices (either in English or Spanish) to be considered for publication in this special edition, fall issue of the HETS Online Journal. Click here to download the Call for Articles document with requirements for submission. Articles for this special issue will be accepted through September 13, 2019.

Subject matter experts from both organizations are encouraged to apply to become reviewers for this edition of the journal. Experts on the following topics are needed: integration of technology, online education, retention, assessment, and access to achieve student success. To learn more about the peer review process, visit: HOJ Review Process. To be considered to serve as a reviewer, please submit a letter of recommendation from your dean or vice president validating your expertise, along with a copy of your curriculum vitae to info@hets.org by August 30, 2019.

For additional information about the journal and this special edition, please contact the HETS office at (787) 250-1912, Exts. 2372, 2373 or via email at info@hets.org.

Photo caption: (Left) HACU President Antonio R. Flores and (Right) Agnes Mojica, Chancellor, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán present Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Lic. Manuel J. Fernós with a token of appreciation at HACU’s International Conference.

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